The Island Mostly Sport climbing49 routes in crag
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The distinctive „island‟ of rock; the locals refer to this outcrop as „Loskop‟, literally meaning loose (standing) head; try to keep yours screwed on. The climbing has an old school feel, one of the first to be developed in Boven along with the Restaurant. The crags are not as steep as some of the newer areas but for some 4-star technical face and slab climbing this is the place to visit, especially for 18 to 26. These days these crags don‟t see much traffic these days and the forest is taking back the crags; don‟t let this put you off though, have a retro day and tick a load of old classics.
Access issues inherited from Waterval Boven
For more information on routes, access and permits please see the following websites:
Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) http://www.mcsa.org.za/ Look at “Who we are” for the different sections of the MCSA
Mountain Club of South Africa – Johannesburg Section website https://mcsajohannesburg.org/ Click on “Access and Properties” for more information Click on “Contact” to get in touch with the MCSA for more information.
ClimbZA website http://www.climbing.co.za/wiki/South_African_Climbing_Wiki Welcome to the largest & most comprehensive online database of Southern African climbing information.
http://www.climbing.co.za/forum/ A forum site to find climbing partners or to find out more about different climbing areas and climbs.
Park at the Elandskrans Resort, as described for the Restaurant Crags. Walk past the swimming pools. At the corner of the basketball court a good path leads out over the grassy plateau. After approx 300 metres, take a faint path on the right, perpendicular to the main path. This leads to a large cairn (pile of stones) and a view across to the Island. Go steeply down (no path) into the little valley, into the trees, then up the other side on a path that leads up past some big cairns to the middle of the Island.
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