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The Cederberg Mountain Range (read wikipedia)is a wilderness mountain range home to some of the finest single & multi-pitch climbing in South Africa. The summits top 2000m above sea level and the climbing is found on most aspects. This gives ideal locations to hide from the summer heat by hiking to elevation and then climbing on the shady faces or, in winter to climb in the sun at lower elevations. The climbing is on featured sandstone set on the Western edge of The Koue Bokkeveld - if you are looking for a feeling of wide open space, The Cederberg will give you that.

Being 250km from Cape Town, this is at least a 2-day trip. A variety of options exist to cater for all skill levels and most weather conditions. Generally the options are
One day Sport Climbing + one day multi-pitch trad climbing with campsite camping or cabins
One day Sport Climbing + 2 days multi-pitch trad climbing sleeping 2 nights in natural caves! This option requires a high level of hiking fitness as the hiking to the caves is strenuous and requires us to carry ALL our equipment - sleeping, cooking (plus food), climbing equipment - 4-5 hours. As this is at altitude (2000m asl) this is NOT a winter option. Note: this option is not suitable for kids. Being a ways from any amenities, full hiking and climbing gear (good selection of clothing and food/water) needs to be carried to as well as UP the route.
Both of the above can accomodate begginers, intermediates, kids and adults alike.


Cederberg Mountain Range Climb

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Island Park, Unit 11 18 Auckland st Paarden Eilan, Paardeneiland , Western Cape, South Africa

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The Western Cape has some very inviting-looking Alpine walls. A generally easy approach (though often overgrown) these routes are typically Alpine in nature:
Complex route-finding
The possibility of loose rock
An element of remoteness (making retreat or rescue / self-rescue a serious undertaking) - read my account here
coupled with, often, long descents
These undertakings are for experienced multi-pitch trad climbers, preferably with Alpine experience.

Du Toits Kloof
An hour's drive from Cape Town the national road snakes through Du Toits Kloof. Big Alpine walls on either side are dramatic, and inviting. Generally a long-day affair these routes involve 3 hour approaches followed by 5-8 hours of multi-pitch climbing and then a 3 hour descent.
Various grade options - 14-21 | 4b-6a+ | 5.7-5.11
Klein Winterhoek
The Klein Winterhoek Frontal is iconic. Bold and prominent (visible from town), this classic involves an afternoon walk-in followed by a bivi and then full day climb. Read an account here
Grade 16 | 5a | 5.8
The prominent peak behind the Hamlet of Hangklip on the Eastern Seaboard of the Cape Peninsular is not, technically, a country route. However it certainly shares some aspects of country-routing
big, complex and complicated to retreat
The pro's
short and easy (by country route standards) approach
easy grade (14 | 4b | 5.7)
easy descent
Modelled on the famous Puffer run from Cape Point to V&A Waterfront which is a yearly event limited to 180 participants held over one day.
The PUFF DADDY aims to take the PUFFER...and make it friendly. This is a coached / guided event held 20-22 April 2018 and is designed to provide a learning or introductory platform for runners wanting to make the step(s) up to something like PUFFER. To this end we break the course into thirds, and limit the group-size to 7, allowing us to manage your experience.

Further we eschew many of the road/road-like sections often taken during the official event (as they help you WIN) and, as this is not a race, we explore the more wild trails between Cape Point and the CBD.

In a Nutshell
Day 1: Friday 20 April: Cape Point Nature Reserve

Start at the Southern most point of the Cape Peninsula. A relatively short but incredibly scenic day with spectacular views of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and False Bay.

14km and 750m of ascent.

Day 2: Saturday 21 April: Kalk Bay to Hout Bay

img_5620Starting in the quaint fishing village of Kalk Bay we ascend the mountain via trails used by fishermen. The plant life is spectacular and varied on this day offering lush forests and open fynbos stretches of very runnable terrain before descending to the suburb of Hout Bay. The descent is steep but oh so much fun.

18km and 1240m ascent.

Hout Bay has some great fish and chips for the best recovery nutirition.
A boat ride to seal island is an optional extra for the afternoon activities.

Day 3: Sunday 22 April: Hout Bay to Signal Hill above Cape Town

A steep climb up above Suikerbossie to the top of Table Mountain followed by some fantastic running along the Twelve Apostles. Passing Grootkop we run through spectacular rock formations. We descend after seeing the dams on top of the mountain. The final kilometers are past Lion’s Head with amazing views across the city and Robben Island.

18km and 1200m ascent.

Requirements and Provisions
You will need to provide your own trail running apparel and appropriate footwear and a hydration bag that can carry 1.5l of water and some snacks.
We will discuss specifics with you closer to the time.
We provide transport from the finish to the start of every day’s run.

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