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Access issues inherited from The Chosspile

Due to past safety issues, as of mid 2011 the following access arrangements were negotiated by the MCSA with Mount Amanzi, which has legal control of the land:

Only recognised climbing club members (MCSA, SANCF, or University) who have an up-to-date membership card, with a photo, are allowed to climb at the Chosspile.

Each club member is allowed a single guest.

Members and guests first report to Mount Amanzi’s reception (same side of the road, but across the river from the Chosspile) where they sign an indemnity and pay R30 per person. Climbers are then given a wrist band for the day, which identifies them to guards both at the parking area and the crags.

Although guards are paid R5 per guest, please feel free to supplement their earnings.

Note: Yearly passes are available.

For more information on routes, access and permits please see the following websites:

Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) Look at “Who we are” for the different sections of the MCSA

Mountain Club of South Africa – Johannesburg Section website Click on “Access and Properties” for more information Click on “Contact” to get in touch with the MCSA for more information.

ClimbZA website Welcome to the largest & most comprehensive online database of Southern African climbing information. A forum site to find climbing partners or to find out more about different climbing areas and climbs.


From the park area follow the well marked path on the left, cross the bridge, and up, up, up ! Follow the full length of Harry Potter to the right, and another 5min up.


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Starts with an easy scramble about 10m left of Shortcut to Mushrooms. The first bolt is about 3m off the ground, scramble up carefully. Continues on a straight line through a cruxy roof to an easy end.

About 5m left of Shortcut to Mushrooms

Set by Rob Brinkworth & Mark Olver

FA: Rob Brinkworth

Start outside the left corner of the cave, finishes up a highly visible yellow lichen covered face. Mostly right-facing. Pumpy start sure to get your blood flowing for greater things in the cave!

Use first 3 bolts of Mourn not Overmuch. Finish on the chains of Gollum.

FA: Andrew Pedley, 2004

Set by Wesley Black & Andrew Pedley

FA: Andrey Pedley, 2015

FA: Willem le Roux, 2006

Set by Ebert Nel, 2014

Set by Pieter Martin

FA: Andrew Pedley, 2013

Set by Andrew Pedley, 2012

FA: Andrew Pedley, 2012

Leftward extension of Don't Deck. Take long slings.

FA: Brian Weaver, 2012

There was a tree, but the muggers came and chopped it down. Starts at the obvious hacked stump.

Rightward extension of Don't Deck ending on Fossil Fuel.

Starts just right of the tree stump

Set by Wesley Black, 2011

FA: Wesley Black, 2011

Set by Wesley Black, 2011

FA: Joey Kinder, 2011

Set by Ralph Brucher

Set by Andrew Pedley

FA: Andrew Pedley, 2014

Set by Pieter Martin

Set by Colin Crabtree

FA: Andrew Pedley, 2013

Just to the right of the small cave roof at the far right of Lord of the Rings.

FA: Neil Margetts, 2014


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