Some of the best 23s in the Western Cape on a vertical face.


Skoorsteenskop is a nice but somewhat forgotten sport crag in Hout Bay. It is a great alternative to Silvermine Main crag. 12 moderate grade routes (17-23), good rock, mostly vertical face climbing.

Most of the routes at Skoorsteenskop have been “ARFed”, a.k.a. rebolted with glue-ins.

Dont climb here is the Southeaster is blowing. It’s not pleasant.

Facing the main wall, walk along the base of the wall to the right and down into the gully

Pass through the gully and turn right

Access issues

Access is via a public servitude path, which leads up from Whittlers Way inbetween two houses up to the mountain. The gate is locked and access managed due to past crime in the area. Controlling who is getting the code when allows some record and accountability. Email to get the code. Alternatively, email Rose from the MCSA.


Park on Whittlers Way in Hout Bay. The path starts immediately opposite #37 Whittlers Way, inbetween properties #32/32a and #30. (-34.023838, 18.371937)

Unlock the first gate, relock it please. Then walk up 100 m or so via the path to the 2nd gate. Ditto. Keep heading up the mountain, past the property on the left. Once you have reached the upper bounds of the property, turn left. After parallelling the property fence for 50 m, a few ill-defined paths lead up diagonally. Take one of them, they all tend to meet up somewhere and join to take you to the right (south) saddle of Skorsteenskop. About 20-30 minutes walk.



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FA: S. Larson, 1994

FA: D. Gibbs, 1989

FA: M. Robberts, 1994

FA: D. Pothier, 1989

FA: D.Pothier, 1990

FA: W. Dodds, 1995

FA: M. Roberts, 1994

FA: Paddy McCann, 2004

FA: B. Johnson, 1990

FA: J. De Montjoy, 1994

FA: J. Orton, 1995

FA: D. Davies, 2003

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Author(s): Tony Lourens

Date: 2015

ISBN: 9780987040343

This is a selective guidebook describing the best sport climbing found in the Western Cape of South Africa, covering over 1,350 routes

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