On Saturday 16 July 2022, a few volunteers and CityROCK Cape Town team members headed out to the Blaze of Glory crag in Silvermine Nature Reserve to clear paths, cut back and clear overgrown vegetation, and ultimately make the approach a little bit safer.
Plenty of warm sun paired with some good old Cape gusts on Saturday made for great conditions after several grey and drizzly days… meaning that the entire world was stuck in a queue at the Silvermine gate. Despite the late start, it was a cracker of a day with our team of nine sweaty gardeners working quickly to trim back grasses and bushes, clear the path of loose rocks, roots and vegetation, and fix the sign directing climbers to Main Crag and Blaze of Glory.
After the hard work was done, it was time for a climb! Everyone got to enjoy tackling a route or three, whether it was top-roping Hairless Mexican (15) or cruising the ultra classic Drop Zone (19) on lead. All in all it was a great day spent in the great outdoors – and it doesn’t get better than that.
There is still some work to be done at the crags – namely acquiring and carrying in some logs or gum poles to reinforce the path in some places – so keep your eyes open for the next crag clean and enjoy the newly manicured paths before Mother Nature takes over once again!