Old Man's Crag

  • Grades: SA


Go to the stop street after the lane of trees at the end of Jan Smuts. There is an open Escom Servitude on your right. By car turn right and right again at the T-junction. Go through the gate and then turn left (sometimes the grass is long) and park under the old pylons overlooking Giba Gorge. From the pylon follow a path going to the right (facing out) below a new fence. After 10m take the path on the left hand side down the hill to come out at the top of the climb. The climbs are close to some strelitzias on the cliff edge. They are on the direct line between the pylon and the second house from the left on the opposite hill. Abseil down on the face to the side of two large cracks using the three large blocks as anchors. Take long slings or cord for this. Although the strelitzias have been used to abseil off, it is not recommended. Alternatively there is a scramble about 50 m to the left of the gully (South side), which you will have seen on your left as you descended. This is not recommended. It gets hot working one’s way back along the base of the cliffs. The gully has been sealed with corrugated iron and is not an access route.

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