Eastern Cape Rock Climbing
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The rock climbing in Hogsback is simply fantastic! Hogsback has 37 sport & 248 traditional lines set on vertical to on-balance dolerite. There are also a few boulder problems. There is still plenty of potential to open new routes. 

The Hogs' cracked nature, lends themselves to naturally protected climbing. Essentially Hogsback is a traditional climbing venue, but there are a few sport climbing sectors. The sport lines are generally a bit cleaner as they see more traffic. Keith James began the wave of sport climbing in Hogsback. He managed to obtain European Union funding for most of the sport routes.  Many of the sport lines were opened on natural gear & only later retro bolted.

Hogsback is a recreational village. There are tons of Bed & Breakfasts, hotels, bungalows & lodges. Way too many spots to list here. You may need to book over Easter, Christmas or at any time it snows.

Hogsback caters for all types of interests, cultures & activities. If you are not into meditation centres, realms of the cosmic & wampy pamp hippy life. You will be thrilled with the pubs & awesome pizza at Butterfly Bistro. This pizza might be the best in the whole world…kid-you-not! There are walks, mountain bike trails, trout fishing & waterfalls for off-days & rainy days. Oh, take a book to read...it will rain!

Hogsback offers all year round climbing. Winter has low rain fall & is very mild during the day, but can be very cold at night. Summers are super hot during the day & nice at night. Start out early in summer & head down after dark. Rest up during the heat of the day. Don’t waste too much time trying to predict what the weather will do in Hogsback. It can rain in the village & be perfect on the Hogs. Or the other way round.



All the Hogs are on Cape Pine (forestry) land. Assess to Hog 2 & 3 requires permission & a permit. Please contact info@easterncaperockclimbing.co.za for the details. Hog 1 does not have any access restrictions.

Please don’t make any fires. Cape Pine has 24 hour manned fire watch towers. They will send out their task force & chase climbers away if they see any fires.


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