The MCSA is proud to have been a sponsor of the Montagu Rock Rally 2016.
The otherwise quiet town of Montagu was literally blasted on Saturday the 30th of April as the 2016 Montagu Rock Rally descended into its humble kloofs and peaks.
Just short of 100 climbers took part in this year’s event. Well done to everyone who pulled in from far and wide. This was one of the biggest turnouts of climbers the rally has seen for some time.
Climbers of all ages and levels rocked up to climb their best ten routes of the day and party the night away.
The crisp Saturday morning air became turbulent as early risers were spoiled to free coffee, tea and hot chocolate offered by Jetboil. Monster Munch food truck pulled through to fill some early morning bellies. After some late registrations and astonishing fancy dress wear, climbers were set free to do what they do best: Trail ropes up some rock faces!
The roadworks leading into Montagu did very little to discourage the onslaught of climbers who had fun climbing at Legoland, Bosch and Ramset crags. The day’s climbing saw an opening of a new multi-pitch route on the Farm by Hermie Venter, and Chris Barker sent a long-term project and his first 28! The Rocklands Rangers, a rock climbing initiative from Clanwilliam, pulled through for the day and did their first ever climbing in Montagu. All in all a wide variety of both young and old, pushing their limits, had a fun day of climbing. The afternoon spent pushing personal limits was finished off in style as Saggy Stone Brewery supplied cold craft beer and wines all night, and Pikkewyntjie Catering supplied an awesome dinner.
After a slightly chaotic prize-giving, some groovy tunes gave the atmosphere that the Montagu Rock Rally is about, bringing people together. You may be surprised to know that some climbers also happen to be some of the best dancers!
We all love Montagu for its climbing and may or may not be aware that the paths we enjoy and bolts that catch us are a cost to maintain. The rally’s profits are going back into path building and bolt replacing, which is over and above the R1400 that came in as donations to the Anchor Replacement Fund (ARF) as a result of the Rally. Well done and thank you!
Our next biggest thanks goes out to our sponsors and the parties involved who pulled this all together (in particular Riki Lawson and Jed Johnson).
— Jed Johnson, MCSA (Cape Town Section)