Black Diamond Tradathon 2023
Hosted at Morgan Bay
16-18 June 2023
What is the tradathon about?
Trad climbing is arguably the most rewarding form of rock climbing. The beauty of trad is the amazing depth and breadth of experience that it offers. You are also not limited to hard grades to do something “worthwhile” and there is always the opportunity for new routing or any level of adventure which you choose.
And yet, trad does not have a large following. This is due, in part, to the cost of the additional gear, but probably more due to the perceived risk that is involved and the lack of opportunities for adequate coaching for beginners. Before the arrival of sport climbing, all climbers did an “apprenticeship” during which they learned the ropes under the practiced eye of a more experienced climber. Bolting has made climbing much more accessible and caused the climbing community to grow at a much faster rate than this traditional apprenticeship model can cope. So – trad often remains inaccessible.
So this is your opportunity – a gathering of all levels of climbers to share their skills, to learn from each other, and enjoy a weekend at the crag.
Have a look at some footage of this incredible location!
The Eastern Cape may feel a bit far out, but we are convinced that the long journey is well worth it for the extremely unique trad climbing at Morgan bay. Waves crash at the base of the featured, cracked dolerite set on a shale band. Morgan Bay is the largest sea cliff climbing area in South Africa. There are 638 trad lines & 7 sport lines. The crags are accessed from above and some of the routes start right at the sea level. Not only is this venue incredibly unique but it also offers great climbing on incredible rock. Morgan Bay climbing is the closest thing we have to Gritstone climbing in South Africa!
For a full breakdown of the crag have a look at the very comprehensive free digital guidebook below.
Bookings Are Open!
Yellowwood Campsite: Good camping in a very natural environment, lots of trees & a bird lover’s paradise. They also have
cottages & a backpackers. Yellowwood is slightly eccentric. Yeah…there’s hippies in the forest (see hazards) Yellowwood
has a lovely outdoor coffee shop & restaurant with great pizza during the high season. They have a full bar, with Emerald Beers
(on tap & in bottles). Yes, those are the kiff craft beers from Cintza. A highly recommended stay. Check out their page
NB! Please don't book Camp sites Through Yellowwood Directly as that will cause confusion at the event.
Yellowwood also has 5 cabins and a cottage that can be booked directly with them.
Morgan Bay has a whole host of wonderful accomodation within minutes of the climbing. If you would prefer not to camp feel free to book yourself in at any of the Town’s local B&Bs, Hotels or Chalets.
NB! If you would like to camp at yellowwood Please dont book Through Yellowwood as that will cause confusion at the event. Wait for bookings to open up on this page.
Get Everything you need for The Tradathon
Accommodation, food, courses, Raffle tickets.
The Tradathon Raffle
Stand a chance to win a trad rack valued at R22 000! We have limited the raffle to 100 tickets and a max of 10 per climber.
Get a Course:
If you are looking to upgrade your skills why not consider taking a course.
What gear do you need
for trad climbing?
Morgan Bay Events and entertainment:
Morgan Bay has a bunch of events worth visiting while you are around for the Tradathon
Open Air Market On Saturday
– All traders welcome!
From 9h00 to 14h00 every Saturday the Yellowwood Campsite turns into Morgan Bay’s local market.