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Cable Way Crags

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Summary

The Cable Way crags offer great variety in climbing only a short drive from Gauteng. The high escarpment setting makes this climbing crag unique and can be accessed on foot or by Cable car.

Description

Access All climbing at these crags needs park entry pass ticket from Iron Throne At the reception kiosk OR online at https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/Event.aspx?itemid=1515945357

ROUTE INFO Cableway crags route names and grading’s below, listed in order from left to right as you face the crag. Grades upgraded/downgraded are still to come. The crags to the far East of the upper Cable (Chospile) way were bolted by the MCSA The top anchors are marked with Cairns please see diagram attached and the various areas at the moment.

The crags to the West of the Upper Cable way are on the Iron Throne Adventure Park property and accessed by an entry ticket purchased at their entrance kiosk. Or online at https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/Event.aspx?itemid=1515945357

The obvious headwall under the cableway line has been recently bolted with perma-draws on the top of each route for ease and safety. Iron Throne are looking to continue bolting and upgrading all the Cable Way crags.

Iron Throne park: https://goo.gl/maps/6tDqtoKEDwHMWRP76

Access issues

All climbing at these crags needs entries pass ticket from Iron Throne At the reception kiosk OR online at https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/Event.aspx?itemid=1515945357

• NB: From 10 Sep 2022 you can walk in from the top Cableway station OR THE TOP EAST CRAGS ARE ACCESSED BY ABSEILING INTO THE START OF THE CLIMBS, PLEASE TAKE CARE WHEN APPROACHING AS THERE MAY BE CLIMBERS BELOW, SOME OF THE ABSEIL’S REQUIRE TWO RAPS. TIE KNOTS IN THE END OF YOUR ROPE AND BE CAREFUL NOT TO ABSEIL OFF THE END OF YOUR ROPES!! CHAINS ARE PROVIDED. AN 80 M ROPE IS REQUIRED FOR THE ABSEIL INTO THIS AREA.

The West Kings landing crag can be accessed by foot from the Iron Throne Adventure Park or by Cable Way and following the hikers path to enter the crag from above.

Approach

Detailed Access/ Direction to crags.

After obtaining a park access permit from Iron Throne Adventure park You have 2 options.

Maps are also on the link below https://www.google.co.za/maps/@-25.7146011,27.8822521,1479m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!6m1!1s1wuYsWRLLtOktyMjL9DKea55dQtBeuYFm

1 -Walk in from Iron Throne This takes about a 30min walk to up to the 1st crag "Kings Landing", There are paths further to make your way to the top crags, should you want to hike to the very top. All these pathes are marked and also available on map link above ( green Trails )

2- Make your way to the Harties Cableway Next door, buy a ticket to go up on the cable-lifted gondolas and walk in with the paths marked with green signage OR THE TOP EAST CRAGS ARE ACCESSED BY ABSEILING INTO THE START OF THE CLIMBS, PLEASE TAKE CARE WHEN APPROACHING AS THERE MAY BE CLIMBERS BELOW, SOME OF THE ABSEIL’S REQUIRE TWO RAPS. TIE KNOTS IN THE END OF YOUR ROPE AND BE CAREFUL NOT TO ABSEIL OFF THE END OF YOUR ROPES!! CHAINS ARE PROVIDED. AN 80 M ROPE IS REQUIRED FOR THE ABSEIL INTO THIS AREA.

Kings landing and Ten up crags are accessible from the top cableway station from 2nd Sept 2022. Follow the green sinage for all crac access paths.

Walking: The path up starts at a reception of the Iron Throne Adventure Park after purchasing an entry ticket.

The path is clearly marked hiking trail, follow the signs to the lower area Kings Landing. or Use map link above.

All areas can be reached with out having to go all the way to the upper cable car.

The lower Area "Ten Up" See path on Map ( green ) on Link https://www.google.co.za/maps/@-25.7146011,27.8822521,1479m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!6m1!1s1wuYsWRLLtOktyMjL9DKea55dQtBeuYFm OR Ten Up is accessed as one tops out of the first small break through the rock band on the path mentioned. One will notice a prominent knoll about 60 m to the right (East) with a faint track leading off in this direction. The chains are marked with a Cairn and a tennis ball on a stake. After abseiling down these (30m abseil) the climbs can be found on this slab you have just abbed down or the harder ones on the prominent butters South of you. To access these you can either walk around the bit tress to the Right (West) or abseil down from the chains that can be found as one climbs over the top of the buttress.

The "Dust Bowl" and “Need for speed" areas These areas are directly above you if one looks up from the first chains first used to access "Ten up"

The "Dust Bowl" is the crag with the big scoop / Cut back and "Need for speed" is the Cut back with Slab to the Right (East) of this. There is a access path to te top from here, plz see green routes on map or follow the green trail sinage.

Accessing the crags once at the top cable station. Pass threw the door next to the massage parlour located under the main cableway building. Follow the obvious path makes with Green route sinage. OR The upper crags "Dust Bowl and "Need for speed" areas are accessed by walking up to the top shop and toilet areas, next to the large brick tower and Radio mast.Once there, head East around the toilets, following the obvious path East down the ridge. After about 100m one will find a Cairn, and "tennis ball” markers. Follow these down to a ledge and chains above the Need for Speed Area, please be careful not to dislodge any rocks as there might be climbers below. The "Dust bowl Area" is now of to your left (West) and is about a 20m walk.

To access the lower crag "Ten up" Trail split to the right before you hit Duest Bowl. Follow the green markers,left at he next split. Permadraws are up for abb in or walk round with green marked trails on map link.

Ethic

 The crag and parking: The climbing is on private property and the owner's right of admission is reserved. Any individual making use of the crags access arrangement agrees to the conditions stated below. ALL CLIMBING TO PURCHASE A PARK ACCESS PASS FROM IRON THRONE ADVENTURE PARK

• Please note: Individuals enter this area at their own risk. Climbing is a high-risk activity and can result in serious injury or even death. The owners and / or the Iron Throne Adventure park take no responsibility for any harm or death that results from individuals accessing and using this property and fixed climbing protection including damage or loss to private property due to theft, fire or any other cause whatsoever You are responsible and accountable for your own safety and must not endanger those around you. Report any sign of danger or unusual wear on bolts

• To ensure continued access please keep to the following: Visitors to the lower crags must access through the Iron Throne Adventure Park. if you are using the gondola to go up, plz ensure you buy a park access permit from Irom Throne 1st.

Do not drive off the established roads and park only at the parking provided by the cableway.

Stay on established paths. Walk in single file on existing paths and avoid creating new paths. Visitors may only go to the climbing area and use the paths leading to them.

NO FIRES are allowed Reduce disturbance to animals specifically the Black Eagles and other nesting birds. Specifically, no climbing and or bolting may take place near the Black Eagle nesting site (upper right rock face). NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING - Climbers are only permitted during daylight hours. Carry out all waste. This is a high-use area, treat “peels” etc. as non-disposable rubbish. We request that you inspect the area for rubbish before leaving, do not ignore other people’s litter, pick it up and carry it out Take extreme caution when smoking. PACK OUT CIGARETTE ENDS Consider fellow climbers when relieving yourself, paths and climbing routes. Burry / carefully burn toilet paper but ideally use the facilities provided by Aerial cableway.

Respect other visitors. Do not throw or roll rocks off cliffs when accessing areas from above as there may be climbers below.

In case of any accident / emergency

call park management 0718931653 Thomas van Tonder OR call MCSA Mountain Search and Rescue on 074 125 1385 or alternatively 074 163 3952. Where applicable, assist and encourage others to adhere to the above.

History

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The Cableway crag is one the more recently bolted crags. Original routes in the area started at the upper east crags by the MCSA and were bolted in 2011. The newly developed Iron Throne Adventure Park Opened in November 2021 by the outdoor enthusiasts running and funding the park. They have since added more routes to all sections along with open walking paths and easier access to link all crags.

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