Sport climbing outing to Wellington's dome with MCSA



Wellingtons Dome just outside Mokopane (Potgietersrus)


South Africa
Trip Participants


Andrew Louw
Therese van Wyk

Annual (MASSIVE) opportunity!!
MCSA’s annual sport climbing trip to Wellington’s Dome will take place 16-19 June (the 16th is a public holiday!) and is not to be missed. This will be a joint meet between the MCSA Magaliesberg andJohannesburg Sections. Plenty of fun, social and action guaranteed. Multi-pitch sport climbing on granite outcrops with lots of small crimps, mostly on angle, up to 150m high.  There is a variety of routes and grades range from 13 to 27, catering for the novice to well experienced. The popular venue is located 30km out of Potgietersrus and approximately 270km from Pretoria.

4 Guards will be provided for your safety at the crags daily.

Meet Leaders:
Jaco du Preez (Magaliesberg Section). To be confirmed possibly somebody else.
Neil Margetts (Johannesburg Section)

Travel Arrangements:
Currently everyone arrives at own leisure. Arrivals expected from Thursday morning as it is a public holiday. Some will arrive till late on Friday night. Departing back to the rat race from Sunday usually 15:00 or so. Report at oom Jaap’s farm house on arrival and look or ask for meet leaders. When we go climbing we all leave as a group from the house daily (usually from 0800 to 0900).
(it seems that most people will depart for Wellingtons some time during Thursday morning)

Security -  +- R140 (this guarantee security for 4 days)
Accommodation -  R40pppn (camping at oom Jaap’s farm house)
Guest Fees for non-MCSA members - R40 (for 4 days)

Wellington’s Dome needs your support so please join us!
This is an open invitation to all climbers (and spectators).

For more detailed info and final travel arrangements contact : Jaco du Preez at 083 297 8803 (


Getting there
Take the N1 to Pretoria to Mokopane (the town used to be called Potgietersrus). Drive straight into Mokopane, a half way through the town you will see two garages on each side of the road, turn left directly at these into Nelson Mandela Drive. Drive for about 36km past the concrete bus stop to Jaap’s farm house on the right just after a small shop/stall.

To get to the climbing, drive back about 5 km to where there is a gate in the electric fence surrounding the property (on the south side of the road).On the way to the main dome (where the road ends), you will pass the Sarcophagus area on your right hand side. And the main dome is further on. There is some bouldering near the back and to the left of the Sarcophagus.

270km+- driving distance and from Potgieterus the last 30km to the farm is taking a lot of driving time as it is a build-up area with engine blocks, donkies, children and you name it in the road. Take care for this section especially when driving at night.

Yes, unfortunately there is toll gates. It is better to team up and travel together as fuel and toll is quite expensive.

The climb
Multipitch sport climbing on granite outcrops with lots of small crimps, mostly on angle, up to 150m high. There is a variety of routes and grades range from 13 to 27, catering for the novice to well experienced. Remember your water as it gets warm during the days, even in winter. Please be careful to leave valuables in your car at the base of the climbing area as there are frequent break-ins. For a small donation there will be people watching the cars daily. There is no security issues at the farm where we camp.

For the complete novice climber, Jaco du Preez will assist them in training and climbing some of the easier routes.

Sport Rack: Up to 18 quickdraws & Rope (50m or longer). Some of the climbs have 40m or longer pitches so escape with one rope could be difficult. The club will bring some basic climbing gear for those that are not fully equipped. It will be mandatory to wear a climbing helmet at all times – not helmeted no climb.

The club provides the basics i.e. ropes, harnesses, helmets but not shoes, chalk and other personal stuff.

The minimum equipment needed for the multi-pitch climbing at Wellingtons is as following:


  • Harness

  • Helmet

  • 2 slings to anchor to a stance

  • 2 Screw gate Carabiners for these slings

  • One belay device which can belay 2 ropes and be used as an abseil device on double rope abseil.

  • 1 Big HMS Carabiner for belay/abseil device

  • 2 Prussic slings to back up abseil and be used to ascend rope if needed.

  • Rope 50-60m long

  • Quickdraws

Please camp in the area provided by the farmer Jaap Möller, which is on the lawn outside the Lapa and around his house. The camping has ablutions etc. There is a fridge and a stove, but only one plate works. Sleeping in the Lapa is an option. Shower and flush toilet available. Women can use the cleaner inside toilet if they ask Jaap nicely. There will be facilities to braai every night.

Snacks and water for the day out. We will braai every night. Bring your own gas or small electric two plate if you want to make a huge supper or what (there is electricity). Quite social at night but usually everyone go sleep at 22:30 at the latest due to being very very tired. (quick) Breakfast before you go to climb. The lapa where everyone gathers at night is adequate for making food with tables and a few chairs. 

Bring with:
Own chair
Mattress with your sleeping bag/duvet/pillow/blanket or whatever (cold in the tent at night)
Cutlery (or pots and pans if you want to go big on the food)
Winter and summer clothing (cold at night but hot during the day)
Small backpack
There is a fridge but usually loaded with everyone’s food
Cooler bag
Training shoes (no boots required at the area)
Hat (the sun can get quite horrendous during the day)
Your climbing equipment
1 bag of wood would be nice to bring
Your personal medical stuff and toiletries
Books to read if you want to sit a day out.
Usually we climb in long pants as the granite is rough on the skin (yes you will have scratches at the end of the weekend)
Swimming clothes for very cool pool if you brave.
Lots of space on the lawn so you can build a large base camp for yourself if you want to spend the weekend in comfort.

More Info
(route directory available)

Phone Jaco du Preez – climbing leader - at 083 297 8803 (any hours) for any more queries or mail at or


Thursday, June 16, 2011 (All day) to Sunday, June 19, 2011 (All day)


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