Two Crag Climb
Swinburne and Eagle Mountain are two very well known climbing areas of South Africa. Very accessible and very friendly towards the beginner and those who climb moderately graded routes. Climbing is real, on real rock, with real chalk on your hands, with real rubber on your feet and you are in charge of the belay. If we cannot offer it on these terms, we wouldn’t bother in the first place. The rendezvous point is usually in the area of Harrismith or Van Reenen. This is where the climbing areas are. Remember, more than one day can be spent at either of these crags. They are about 20km from each other.
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Description of Itinerary:
DAY 1 – Rock Climb Eagle Mountain
With one of the major climbing areas at this crag looking like a giant eagle’s head, the name (Eagle Mountain) describes the area much better than its original name (Mt Everest). 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 (starting from 8, the higher the number the more difficult the route). Good multi-
Accommodation consists of an excellent campsite and chalets. Climbing can be done here all year round, but is best during the summer months. During winter these areas are very cold and are usually windy.
DAY 2 – Rock Climb Swinburne
Very similar to Eagle Mountain. Climbing in this area comprises mostly of single-
Accommodation consists of the Appin Farm House, either double en-
Region: Around the town of Harrismith, Free State.
Duration: As longs as you like.
When to go: All year, best during the summer months (September-
Itinerary rating: Easy to moderate.