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Alert level 2 will be in place from 31 May 2021. Alert level 2 was in place from 18 August to 20 September 2020. Adjustments to the regulations will be updated as soon as possible after it is published.

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Summary

Mossel Bay has very consistent surf with mostly uncrowded surf spots. So, if you are a surfer and a climber then Mossel Bay (now with sea cliff climbing) is a must-go destination.

Description

Mossel Bay has the second most temperate climate in the world (after Hawaii), so temperatures are normally cooler than other climbing towns. As the routes mostly face east or south, they have afternoon shade in summer and are mostly in the shade in winter. For this reason, winter climbing is more greasy. After winter rains the rock takes a few days to dry as water tends to seep towards the sea, creating perfect British rock-climbing conditions.

Access issues

Currently, there are no access issues. Permission has been granted by the local municipality for bolting of sea cliffs below the St Blaize hiking trail. No bolting is allowed on or nearby the Point Cave for safety reasons as the cave is a tourist destination. The cave is also situated above the St Blaize trail. Access to the crags is from the St Blaize Trail which is on the south side of Mossel Bay town.

Approach

The St Blaize Trail can be accessed from the tourist cave at The Point or from Cecil Shephard Street. 30-35 minutes from The Point cave. 5-10 minutes from the St Blaize trail parking on Cecil Shepard Street. There is a descent at Lighthouse Crag. Look for the scramble with safety rope. From the base of Lighthouse Crag you can walk back towards St Blaize Crag. Stay on the path close to the base of the crag.

History

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This crag was first bolted in the 80’s and five routes were opened by an unknown climber using expansion bolts. With the support of the Anchor Replacement Fund, these routes have been re-bolted with glue-ins. The new routes have obviously been opened with glue-in bolts.

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