The climbing on offer is mostly sport. And it is the real thing, nothing artificial about it – real rock, with real rubber on your feet, real chalk on your hands, you pick the route you want to climb and you are in charge of the belay. If we cannot offer it on these terms we will not bother in the first place! Our specialities are the Swinburne and Eagle Mountain Crags (near Harrismith) in the Free State, as well as the beautiful White Umfolozi Crag (near Vryheid) in the heart of Zululand. Take note though that we are not restricted to these areas, climbing outings can be conducted nationally. Swinburne and Eagle Mountain (formerly known as Mount Everest) are the two main climbing areas in the Free State Province. Both are situated around the town of Harrismith, barely twenty kilometers from each other.
Cathedral Peak Abseil
This abseil has ‘stunning’ written all over it. It is a fantastic way to see this part of the ‘Berg. It is quick to set up, safe, high enough (45 metres) and really exposed. It is about a half-
day outing. No experience is required!
Together with Eagle’s Head, Mooihoek Mountain and Mount Everest are the other two main climbing areas at this venue. Climbing is mostly sport. Currently there are 140 bolted routes, with grades ranging from 9 to 28. Good multi-
pitch climbing can be done at the three main climbing areas with single- pitch climbing and bouldering on the underlying boulders. Accommodation consists of an excellent campsite and chalets.
Climbing in this area is mostly single-
pitch sport with good bouldering. Grading varies from 11 to 29. Long multi- pitch climbing can be done on the main mountain (Rensburg’s Kop). Accommodation consists of the Appin Farm House, either double en- suite rooms or the backpacker’s barn, all of which are self- catering. Camping is also available on the large lawn surrounding the above mentioned accommodation facilities.
An excellent climbing experience on hard, clean rock, but also a real breakaway in the middle of the Natal Bushveld. This area consists of two major climbing areas which is separated by the White Umfolozi River. Climbing at this crag is plentiful, with a very good mixture of sport and traditional climbing. It is also very friendly towards the novice climber as well as those comfortable at easier grades. Accommodation and facilities are rustic and comfortable, just the way it should be in the bush.