Tradathon 2023

Rack-Up Report

in June, 60 TRAD Climbers Descended On

The Morgan Bay Sea Cliffs

for the 10th edition of South Africa’s only Trad climbing festival was hosted at Morgan Bay. The venue while far from everywhere still managed to draw climbers from all over the country. 

The Most Even Split of Climbing Groups Ever Seen at a tradathon

Unlike previous years which favoured either the eastern or the western half of South Africa this year’s event had a very even split of climbers from Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape, and Western Cape. Many connections were made and you can bet a bunch of climbing adventures were planned during the weekend. 

13 People Attended Courses

This year we had a bunch of stoked climbers wanting to learn trad climbing skills. We even had the privilege of facilitating the first leads for a couple of the climbers. Can’t wait to see them out in the mountains! 

Thanks To Morgan Bay adventures!

This year’s Tradathon would not have happened at Morgan Bay without the help of Willem Van Der Spuy and Morgan Bay Adventures. If you are ever in Morgan Bay be sure to give him a shout!

The Climbing Is incredible

While the crags may be short we were in unanimous agreement that Morgan Bay rock climbing is incredible and more trips to that side of the world are required. The unique splitter cracks, and high friction rock (even when wet) make for some of the most enjoyable climbing around. 

Purple Rain(19), The Carnival Is Over(18) and Ticket To Ride(160 were arguably the most popular routes of the weekend (and are not to be missed) 

Congrats Bianca Carter for winning the trad rack!

Seems that years of attending the Tradathon pays off! Bianca walked away from the Tradathon with a R22 000 trad rack! 

Festival Gallery

We had the fantastic Robynne Prinsloo take photos of the event this year. See a sample of here photos on Facebook.


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