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Rock climbing

South Africa is blessed with plenty of climbable rock & geological variety. There are literally hundreds of climbing venues scattered across the country. There are thousands of routes & problems, with plenty of potential for new development. The mountain club has been on the forefront of rock climbing since its founding in 1891. Contact the section nearest you, as listed on our home page. Some sections have published route guides.

Climbing Meets | Going Places | Meeting people

Each section has a climbing coordinator & regular climbing meets are held all over the country. This is a great way to meet up with experienced climbers, meet climbing partners & make new climbing friends. These meets are communicated on the meet sheet & climbing meets are open to everyone. The climbing coordinator can help to hook you up with a climbing partner. Often there is a WhatsApp group to coordinate climbing plans. Get added!

Most sections have regular beginners meets, where experienced members share their passion for outdoor climbing. Beginners are taught best climbing practices, safety is first. MCSA provides the climbing safety equipment & normally it is free or at a nominal cost.

Access | Permission to climb

Much of the rock we climb on is on private land & access is the first crux. The MCSA lead the way with negotiating access to climbing areas. MCSA negotiates as a body & has plenty of experience in dealing with access challenges. The MCSA acts as a repository for access information & can provide current access details for most areas.

The MCSA owns some important climbing venues. Various land usage rights & in some case entire properties have been bought in  Magaliesberg outside Johannesburg. The MCSA owns various properties in the Western Cape, including a third share of Towerkop, where the first climbing route in South Africa was opened - in 1885! The MCSA’s Lady’s Slipper property has 52 sport routes, more than 200 trad lines & about 70 boulder problems.

Indoor Climbing | Getting Strong

There are numerous climbing gyms & walls across South Africa. Google will assist you to find the one that suits you. Most climbing walls in SA are closely allied to the MCSA & many are owned by MCSA members. Most gyms offer MCSA members discounted subscription fees & club members get discount in their gear shop. That’s right folks, MCSA has organised discount on gear! Become a member and save a fortune.

Climb ZA is a hive of climbing activity with much useful info.