National Womens Day Ladies Only Fun Comp!


Bloc 11 Climbing Gym ran a fun climbing competition for Women only in celebration of Women’s Day on the 9th August 2017.

SA Youth World Championships Training Camp 2017


Our Rock Chicklets on their way to the IFSC Youth World Climbing Championships later this month attended the Training Camp held on 29th and 30th July 2017 at Bloc 11.


We’re super proud of our girls for making the team:

  • Georgi Forward
  • Alyssa Meyer
  • Finchie Lapin
  • Monique Smit
  • Shanay Meintjes



And to our very own Colette Rodrigues for taking them to the event as Team  Manager.



National Lead Climbing Competition 2017


The below WCC athletes and Rock Chicks and Chicklets participated in the 2017 National Lead Climbing Competition held at CityROCK, Johannesburg and organised by Gauteng Climbing on 17 and 18 June.   Alongside each of the below competitors is the result of whether they Podiumed and whether they were selected for the National Youth Lead Team going to the IFSC World Youth Climbing Championships in Austria in August of this year.


U15 Girls

1.       Jacinth “Finchie” Lapin (Bronze Medalist and selected for the National Youth Lead Team 2017)

2.       Georgiana Dorward (Gold Medalist and selected for the National Youth Lead Team 2017)

3.       Monique Smit (Fourth Place and selected for the National Youth Lead Team 2017)


U17 Girls

1.       Shanay Meintjies



1.  Team Manager: Delaney Carpenter



Youth Rocklands Bouldering Camp 2017


The Rocklands Bouldering Youth Camp was held over the weekend of the 14th to 16th July 2017 at Elizabethfontein School Hostel, Rocklands.  Twenty-seven children and sixteen parents attended.  The camp leader was Delaney Carpenter (Rock Chicks and Top Out Climbing Club Founder) and assistant leader was Caleb Ashley Cooper (coach at Top out Climbing Club).


 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:

  • Nicholas Allan and Joseph Rosendorff sent “Panic Room Direct” 7b (“Panic Room” 7a+ was too wet to climb!)
  • Nicholas Allan also sent “To Siemay” 6c+
  • Tom van Sittert sent his project from last year, “Rasta Roof” 7c+
  • Milena Krohn, Nicholas Allan, Tom van Sittert, Joseph Rosendorff and Luc Pegram sent “Golden Rail” 6c
  • Nico and Alex Setterberg sent “Up the Spout” (6a+)
  • We had a number of sends from our younger climbers from the group on a 5c and 6a+ up at Fields of Joy and Arch Valley
  • Many other sends that I could not keep track of!


While the Saturday was cold and overcast with intermittent showers, the Sunday presented us with perfect weather to enjoy our last climbing day, but with a very frosty chill in the air following the downpour on the Saturday night.


Friday 14th July:-                 

02:00pm               All depart Cape Town for Rocklands

05:30pm               All arrive at Elizabethfontein Primary School

06:00pm               Unpack

06:30pm               Pizza at Traveller’s Rest


Saturday 2nd July:-           

08:00am               Breakfast

09:00am               Buy permits at de Pakhuys

09:30am               Head off to Fields of Joy

01:30pm               Lunch at boulders

02:30pm               Walk to Arch Valley

05:30pm               Drive back to the School

06:30pm               Braai

09:00pm               Select Advanced Climbers to go Night Climbing at Plateau

12:00pm               Return to School


Sunday 3rd July:-               

08:30am               Breakfast

09:30pm               Pack up and Pay

10:30pm               Group can split as some kids may wish to return to different projects

01:30pm               Depart for Cape Town

05:00pm               Arrive in Cape Town


All photos can be found on the MCSA Cape Town Section Facebook Page (link below):


As well as in the DropBox Folder Link:  



Western Cape Climbing 2017 Rock Tots Climbing Competition


It was a lovely mild day when Western Cape Climbing held our third Rock Tots Climbing Competition at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym in Observatory.  This is a very special competition held especially for our tiny tots – those climbers who are 11 years old or younger. The competition opened with 11 Rock Tots from WCC clubs Top Out Climbing Club, Grippers Climbing Club and SACS Youth Climbing Club. 


Setters David Gerber and James Barnes set some amazing and challenging top rope routes and boulder problems.  There was a lot of excitement amongst the competitors and after a thorough technical meeting and briefing by Delaney Carpenter, Jury President, the competition started.


During the two rounds of top rope climbing and bouldering, we had a very fun and exciting time and the climbers enjoyed themselves immensely.


After reviewing the judges’ scorecards, the Jury President made the final call on the winners who were announced at the prize giving as follows:



1st Place (Gold Medal):  Mila Blaine (Top Out Climbing Club)

2nd Place (Silver Medal):  Sienna Walder-Fortin (Top Out Climbing Club)

3rd Place (Bronze Medal):  Kyla Feldtman (Top Out Climbing Club)



1st Place (Gold Medal):  Ralton Rhode (Top Out Climbing Club)

2nd Place (Silver Medal):  Zeb Kröhn (Top Out Climbing Club)

3rd Place (Bronze Medal): Thomas Luger (SACS Climbing Club)



Western Cape Climbing wishes to thank:

·         CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym, Observatory for hosting the event

·         David Gerber (Chief Setter) and James Barnes for the routesetting

·         Milena and Rauen Kröhn for judging the competition

·         James Kröhn and Jack Burningham for spotting and belaying

·         The Badgeman for the medals

·         All the parents and kids who supported the event



Photos can be found on our Facebook Page: