Swinburne and Eagle Mountain, two very well-known climbing areas in South Africa, are very accessible and friendly towards beginners and those that enjoy climbing moderate graded routes.
Climbing is an authentic activity on real rock, with chalk on your hands, real rubber on your feet and being in charge of the belay. This is the only way we offer rock climbing. The meeting point is usually in the area of Harrismith or Van Reenen where the climbing areas are. You can spend more than one day at either of these crags, which are located approximately 20km from each other.
Day 1 – Rock Climb Eagle Mountain:
With one of the major climbing areas at this crag resembling a giant eagle’s head, the name (Eagle Mountain) describes the area much better than its original name (Mount Everest). Together with Eagle’s Head, Mooihoek Mountain and Mount Everest are the other two main climbing areas at this venue. Here, climbing is mostly regarded as sport. Currently there are 140 bolted routes, with grades ranging from nine to 28 (Grades start from eight, and the higher the number, the more difficult the route). You can do good multi-pitch climbing at the three main climbing areas, with single-pitch climbing and bouldering on the underlying boulders. There is still ample room to develop new routes.
Accommodation consists of chalets and an excellent campsite. While you can do climbing here year-round, it is best during the summer months. These areas are very cold and usually windy during winter.
Day 2 – Rock Climb Swinburne:
The climbing here is very similar to Eagle Mountain and mostly comprises single-pitch sport (30 routes) with good bouldering. Grading varies from 11 to 29 (grades start from eight, and the higher the number, the more difficult the route). You can also do long multi-pitch climbing on the main mountain (Rensburg’s Kop).
Accommodation consists of the Appin Farm House, which offers either double en-suite rooms or a Backpacker’s barn. Camping is also available on the large lawn surrounding the above-mentioned accommodation facilities.