Harmony in Namibia


P1000964 (600x800)I was treated to some cragging near Windhoek today by Richard Ford of the Namibian MCSA branch. I had given a wee talk on the Cuillin to some of their members last night and Richard managed to wangle an afternoon off work. Access is a big issue over here so I can’t report on the exact location (had to be blindfolded for the journey;).P1000926 (800x600)

The crag is in a beautiful dry river bed where a waterfall forms in the rainy season. The rock is a metamorphosed sandstone with horizontal bedding that forms great holds, very reminiscent of climbing at Elgol but without the sea below.P1000954 (600x800)

All the lines have been bolted sadly but Richard was keen for me to lead the routes on my trad rack as a side of climbing he really wants to get into more.

The cliffs are about 15m high and we had time for 2 routes. Both gave great moves on steep ground.

P1000932 (600x800)Graded 17 on the South African scale I would give them HS or VS The rock was solid and yielded plenty of gear on the 2 lines we climbed. There was much talk of exchanges with Namibian climbers coming to Skye for snow and ice and the potential for UK climbers out here.

Last week I camped at Spitzkoppe, Namibia’s most famous centre of climbing.Spitzkoppe

Slabby granite with its huge crystals characterises the routes. I was limited to clipping a few bolts on one of the smaller areas but can’t wait to get back to tackle the peak itself and some of the huge long routes.

Cub (15) on Lion boulder

Hopefully Richard and I will manage to get something arranged over the coming months; anyone interested drop me an e-mail.