Eastern Cape Rock Climbing
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Van Stadens | Port Elizabeth

Van Stadens | Rock Climbing

The rock climbing in van Stadens Gorge is the Eastern Cape's largest sport climbing area. There are 296 bolted sport pitches & 130 trad routes. There are 24 sport climbing projects & still a fair amount of potential for bolting new sport routes. The climbing at Woodridge School is the best beginner climber crag in PE. Sabaton, one of the newest crags, is the crag in Van Stadens with the most sport routes. With 17 grade 21s, Sabaton is the best meduim grade sport crag in Port Elizabeth area. Draconian is the newest crag. There are lots of fun new routes being opened. Slayer the multi-pitch (2) sport crag is the most exiting development at van Stadens in recent years.

The rock is quartzite. Mostly steep to overhanging. The trad is on average a bit mediocre to poor. Bring a costume in summer. Plenty of swimming spots & some sweet deep water bouldering.



The climbing at Van Stadens is on Nelson Mandela Metro Municipality land.

Please be super pleasant and polite to the warden & his staff. This is very important. The water in the dam is intended for drinking in PE. Please don't piss, wash or fish in the dam! All ablutions to be done on flat ground well away from the dam. Let’s behave & keep access open.


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Closest cold beer is at Falcon Rock. This is the spot for a cold one after a hard day climbing. 
Yes you deserve it! http://www.falconrock.co.za/ They have great food & accomodation.