2016 MCSA Rocklands Youth Bouldering Camp

 

MCSA CT Section Youth Programme

 

 

Rocklands Bouldering Youth Camp – 1st to 3rd July 2016

 

 

The Rocklands Bouldering Youth Camp was held over the weekend of the 1st to 3rd July 2016 at Bushman’s Cave, Rocklands.  Fifteen children and ten parents attended.  

 

The weekend was filled with a lot of good climbing and great companionship and the kids experienced the comradery of the bouldering community.  We had a number of firsts this weekend:

 

·         First climb outdoors on real rock

·         First bouldering outdoors on real rock

 

We had some amazing climbs as well, namely:

1.       Georgi Dorward sent her nemesis from last year, the 6b+ “Big Ears” on the Consequence boulder

2.       Tom van Sittert sent his project from last year, the 7a “Let it Die”

3.       Joseph Rosendorff and Nicholas Allan flashed “Girl on our Mind” and “Coal Chamber” (both 6b+)

4.       Nicholas Allan also flashed “Up the Spout” (6a+) and sent “Let it Die” (7a)

5.       Joseph Rosendorff worked “Minki” (7b) and “The Arch” (8b+) at The Arch Boulder in Campground

6.       Sarah Adams sent “Bad Boy for Life” (5c), found new beta for “Ice, Ice, Baby” (5c) and sent “RSA” (6b)

7.       Ethan Coleman, Jack Vermaak and John Adams sent  “RSA” (6b) and “Up the Spout” (6a)

8.       Ethan Coleman and Jack Vermaak both worked “Coal Chamber” (6b+) but couldn’t make the last move

9.       Matthew Collier-Reed sent “RSA” (6b) and “Up the Spout” (6a), “Ice, Ice, Baby” (5c) and the 5c at Boulder J at the Teapot Boulders in Campground

10.   Finchie Lapin and Georgi Dorward sent “RSA” (6b) the 6b on Consequence Boulder and the 5c at Boulder J at Teapot Boulders, Campground.  Both girls also worked “Girl on our Mind” and “Coal Chamber”.

 

The rest of the weekend presented us with perfect weather to enjoy our itinerary below.

 

 

Friday 1st July:                

02:00pm               All depart Cape Town for Rocklands

06:00pm               All arrive at Bushman’s Cave in the Cederberg

06:30pm               Unpack and Prepare Dinner

 

Saturday 2nd July:

08:00am               Breakfast

09:00am               Buy permits at de Pakhuys for the weekend

09:30am               Drive to Plateau  where kids can find a project to work for the day/morning

01:30pm               Lunch at boulders

02:30pm               Stay at Plateau for kids to try some other problems

05:30pm               Drive back to Bushman’s Cave

06:30pm               Prepare Dinner

 

Sunday 3rd July:             

08:30am               Breakfast

09:30pm               Pack up and Drive to Campground for the day

12:30pm               Lunch in Campground

01:30pm               Depart Rocklands and drive back to Cape Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCSA 2016 Montagu Lead Climbing Youth Camp

 

The Montagu Lead Climbing Youth Camp was held over the weekend of the 24th to 26th June 2016 at De Bos Guest Farm, Montagu. Sixteen children and five parents attended. Western Cape Climbing climbers were invited and many attended.

The weekend was filled with great climbing, good laughs and some great climbing. We had a number of firsts this weekend:

• First climb outdoors
• First lead outdoors
• First cleaning outdoors
• First clipping of own draws outdoors

We had some amazing climbs as well, namely:
1. John Adams sent Buongiorno Bambino (21) on lead
2. Georgi Dorward sent the 19 at Legoland on Lead
3. Sarah Adams led her first route and cleaned it at Legoland (Mild Thing)
4. Griffin Stone led the very adventurous 14 at The Steeple (first time clipping in his own draws)
5. Jared Rodrigues set up the draws on Gospel Express (18) amidst some visiting baboons
6. Colette Rodrigues put up her own draws and learned to clean for the first time
7. Jesse Rodrigues put up her own draws and learned to clean for the first time
8. Matthew Collier-Reed put up his own draws and learned to clean for the first time
9. Luke Eberhard may have discovered a new line at Legoland
10. Tom van Sittert traversed the whole base of Legoland Crag from one end to the other and back again
11. Rumano Titus and Monique Smit led their first routes outdoors (first time on real rock)
12. First time outdoors on real rock for Matthew Fortgens

The rest of the weekend presented us with amazing weather to enjoy our itinerary below.

Friday 24th June:
03:00pm – All depart Cape Town for Montagu
05:30pm – Arrive at De Bos Campsite in Montagu 
06:00pm – Set up tents and unpack
06:30pm – Prepare Dinner

Saturday 25th June:
07:30am – Breakfast 
08:30am – Drive to Legoland where kids can find a project to work for the day/morning
05:30pm – Drive back to De Bos and prepare fire
06:30pm – Braai for Dinner

Sunday 26th June:
07:30am – Breakfast 
08:30am – Group split to the Steeple and Bosch Crag 
12:30pm – Return to De Bos for lunch and to pack up
02:30pm – Depart De Bos and drive back to Cape Town
05:30pm – Arrive in Cape Town

 

 

2014 Disadvantaged Kids Climbing Day

Organised by Western Cape Climbing and supported by City Rock Climbing Gym, Mountain Club of South Africa Cape Town Section Outreach and Rock Climbing Sub Committees and Shoprite

 

 

On a sunny and mild Sunday at Higgovale Quarry, members from Western Cape Climbing (WCC), City Rock Climbing Gym and the Mountain Club of South Africa Cape Town Section (MCSA-CT) held a climbing day for disadvantaged kids from the Mfoleni and Khayelitsha Townships. 

 

The day started out with some roped climbing on the walls of the quarry and amazingly, none of the twenty-five kids seemed to be perturbed by height.  There was some amazing gung-ho kids and all of them showed immense enthusiasm.  City Rock’s personnel were phenomenal with the belaying and MCSA Outreach guys were there to assist along with some other MCSA members. 

 

Following the roped climbing, the kids enjoyed some games held by City Rock and then went on to have an amazing Yoga session with Alta Lourette van der Merwe (Lorna Jane Ambassador and City Rock Yoga Instructor).

 

Shoprite’s Soup Truck arrived in time to give the kids a well-deserved lunch break.  We were very fortunate to have Shoprite come on board for this event and the soup and bread went down very well with the kids.

 

While more of the kids wanted to go up the quarry walls again on the ropes, some others tried a bit of abseiling with Western Cape Climbing kids and then went on to do some bouldering with the help of City Rock and Western Cape Climbing climbers.

 

It was a great day out and Western Cape Climbing is very eager to continue coaching these kids with climbing with the financial assistance of the MCSA and the City Rock Climbing Gym Facilities.  Western Cape Climbing will be working closely with the MCSA and City Rock to ensure these kids get to enjoy climbing and the great outdoors indefinitely.

 

Western Cape Climbing would like to thank the following people for their contributions to the event:

 

·         City Rock Climbing Gym and its personnel Tarryn, Tamryn, Jean-Luc, Ryan, James and Candice

·         Mountain Club of South Africa and its members Camilla Adelle, Neels Havenga, Farrell Davids, Yunus Davids

·         Western Cape Climbing members Warren Gans, Chris Naude, David Naude, Jake Amaler and Harold Amaler

·         Shoprite Mobile Soup Truck

·         The kids of Monde Walks and Hlonipisiswe Empowerment Group as well as Monde Sitole and Nothemba Mbambani

 

OhPhotos can be found in the Gallery.