Monday, May 2, 2011

From Kloofing to Climbing - May 2011

As cool fresh winds bring a promise of clear winter skies and the morning chill starts to bite, our Kloofing season comes to an end. With cool temperatures and little rain making the gorge cold and dry, we put the adventure on hold from the end of May till the first good spring rains in October. So if you would like to get a Kloofing adventure in before the end of May, book now!

What do we do in winter…? CLIMB, yip it’s the best time of year for getting to grips with rock. For those of you who don’t know, we do an Introductory Climbing Course for which you need absolutely no prior experience or knowledge, it’s great, you’ll spend the day out on the rocks, we’ll show you ‘the ropes’ and you can discover it’s not so difficult! After the Intro course, join us for the Sport Climbing course, it builds on the knowledge of our Intro course and gives you the technical skills to start tackling routes on your own – best kept secret about this course… the crags face the sun so it’s nice and toasty in winter! You can book our courses any time, but we’re offering a Friday afternoon slot for the Sport Climbing course, so bunk off work for a few hours and start your weekend Climbing.

After that, well, we can offer you more advanced Trad Climbing courses, our ever popular Sentinel Peak Climb in the Drakensberg or if you want to get serious about climbing, join us on our Adventure Weekend, it’s an intensive two days of climbing and abseiling, where we concentrate on furthering your technical climbing and Abseiling skills, expose you to multi-pitch Sport routes and encourage you to climb higher grades.

Want to get more serious? Enquire about our Technical Climbing Clinic, it’s a focused program to get you to improve your climbing dramatically.

Our Gauteng School of Mountaineering and Adventure training is in full swing, we’ve held our first professional courses for upcoming guides, but have also received an overwhelming interest in our recreational advanced climbing courses and the rope skills courses for adventure racers. Oh, don’t forget we can do your First Aid courses as well. Do keep us in mind if you want comprehensive training in Abseiling, climbing and Mountain walking, rope skills or first aid.

Check out the most recent adventure pics, you’re welcome to tag yourself or your friends, just follow the link from the front page of our website

Anyway if you want to join us for an adventure...
How to book:
WHEN- We work 365 days a year, 366 on leap years so please ask us if your specific date is available!
HOW – by email, all bookings are done via email
WHO – Anyone, most adventures don’t require previous experience

The dates below, can change, they get booked up and so ask us to make sure!
Abseiling is the best - maximum thrill for minimum effort. No strength or real fitness needed, just a desire for vertical adventure! We'll give you the knowledge, instruction and gear to thoroughly enjoy abseiling all you need to bring is your confidence! Half day adventure near Magaliesburg.
14,22 May, 4 June 3 July

Join us in the Magaliesberg and discover your natural talent for climbing. This course is great for beginners and those whose skills have rusted! After teaching you the safety and the rope skills needed to enjoy this challenging sport, you will spend as much time as you like developing your rock climbing ability on the Magaliesberg cliffs. Full day adventure.
15, 21, 29 May 11, 18 June

This is step 2 after the introductory course, a half day at the sport crags to get you climbing and leading with your partner on bolted routes. Short walk in, lots of climbs and more info on gear. Available to anyone who's done our Beginners rock climbing course.
20, 27 May, 5 June, 1 July

A scenic hike to the top of the huge Magaliesberg cliffs, exploring the Escarpment with great views over the valley and beautiful wind sculpted rock formations, soaring vultures and elusive black eagles. Over the edge for Vertical adventure and abseil into the gorge after finding a shady spot you’ve got time to rest and have a bit of lunch before heading back in the afternoon. A full day of Adventure, no experience necessary!
21, 28 May 2 July

A short hike brings you the adventure site, a gorge with great views of the Magaliesberg. Get your adrenalin fix climbing up the cliffs before going back over the edge on an abseil, great opportunity to experience Rock climbing and Abseiling, full day adventure no experience is necessary.
8, 29 MAY

Start off your adventure with an awesome abseil overlooking the Crocodile river, then gear up and head for the river. Paddle down the Crocodile River in 2 man inflatable raft towards Hartebeespoort Dam, the rapids are grade 1 and 2 and suitable for anyone. No experience necessary, all gear provided, you don't even need to know how to swim.
21 May 12, 16 June

An awesome adventure in a river gorge in the Magaliesberg! Starting with a sunny hike up the Magalies, we enter the waterway through forest and continue upstream in the cool gorge. After lunch the vertical adventures abound, clambering over boulders, wading through pools, smooth rock bum slide, an abseil down a waterfall and a great plunge pool, this is an adrenalin filled adventure for the fit and adventurous!
29 May.  Season closes during winter until October 2011

Hiking, camping, climbing and abseiling in the Northern Drakensberg, a great way to explore the magnificent Amphitheatre, we're going in January and you are welcome to join us, it's a great way to start the year! To make the most of this scenic trip it's great to be an active and fit person who enjoys a bit of wilderness camping. Curious? I'll send you details, some pics of the area the mountaineering page on our website

An early start for this day climb of the Sentinel peak 3065m. It is a technical climb of the highest freestanding peak in the Northern Drakensberg. The climb is great, not too difficult, we do recommend our Introductory Climbing course to get you into the swing of things. fit and comfortable with heights will enjoy it. We provide all the adventure gear . The views are awesome and reaching the summit is fantastic! Email us for details.

An overnight trek to the highest peak in the Drakensberg, 3482m, beautiful views, crisp air a great to go up Sani Pass. Email us for details

Explore the Amphitheatre on the first day and the stunning Worlds View on the second, accommodation in a local mountain lodge, no heavy bags!


KILIMANJARO - Machame Route - A rewarding route exploring the West of Kibo, passing Shira and then round the South to summit via Stella Point . If you want to join us, now's the time to book and now's the time to start your training! This is a beautiful scenic route, don't miss out!
10 – 18 July or any date you have in mind.
Info evening Tues 5th of April

MT KENYA – Chogoria route & North Face Standard Route – Sheer rock, awesome exposure, high altitude tarns, equatorial glaciers and unbelievable scenery. A great combination of high altitude trekking and rock climbing.
July - or any date you have in mind.


Hope to see you in the mountains soon

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