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Van Stadens Gorge | Port Elizabeth

Van Stadens Gorge | Rock Climbing

Van Stadens Gorge is the Eastern Cape's largest sport climbing area. There are 315 sport routes, 24 of these are still projects/ in progress & 193 trad routes. There is fair potential for bolting new sport routes. There are two small bouldering areas with 11 problems & a few projects. There are a few deep water boulder spots & one deep water solo route.


Tristan Van Der Merwe on Wet Dreams (24), deep water solo


The climbing at Woodridge School is the best beginner climber crag in Port Elizabeth. Sabaton, one of the newest crags, is the crag in Van Stadens with the most sport routes. Sabaton has 17 routes at grade 21 & 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 sport crag (double pitch) 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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