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One of the MCSA's main activities is climbing. South Africa really lends
itself to climbing having not only an abundance of rock but the weather
to go with it.
Most climbers partake in the various forms of climbing which have developed
but most specialise in one or other form.
Traditional or 'trad' climbing is the oldest form of climbing practised
and involves placing one's own gear including cams, nuts and slings for
protection. Routes tend to follow natural lines or cracks where gear can
Sport climbing has gained huge popularity over the past 10-15 years and
there are probably more people now who climb bolted routes than traditional
routes. For sport climbing one only needs a harness, rope, quickdraws
Competition Climbing is a natural offshoot of artificial wall climbing
which people built to train on during the week and when they couldn't
get out to the crags.
Bouldering has fairly recently become more popular although has been practised
from the earliest of climbing days.
When people climb new routes they tend to write down where and what grade
the route it. The routes get published, either in hard copy format or
in electronic format on the internet.
Sections go out on regular basis to what are called 'meets'. On these
meets climbers get together to climb routes at a specific venue. Check
out the section closest to you to see their meets programme.