Justin Lawson

I’ve been climbing for more than 35 years. I was formally introduced to rock climbing by a friend from Scouts when I was 11, but my mom will tell you I had already started climbing by the time I was three year old.

After high school, while I was studying Information Technology, I worked as a climbing guide and instructor and as river guide. In 1996, I qualified as a SARA Level 1 river guide and in 1997, I completed my Level 3 First Aid Certification. A couple of years later, in 1999, I became one of the first people in South Africa to qualify as a Single Pitch Supervisor.

I am never happier than when I am out climbing mountains. I love helping other people to explore and enjoy the crazy craggy beauty of the Cape.

Justin Lawson is a registered Adventure Guide (Tourist Guide Registration number: WC 7055). He holds a First Aid Certification and is fully insured to operate as a hiking  climbing and abseil guide.

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As a climbing guide, Justin is also..

Table Mountain Routes that we climb often:

Weather permitting – we take the cable car up to the top of the mountain and then abseil down to the start of the routes.  Should the cable way not be in operation – we have the option to hike up, climb at the lower buttresses or climb on Lions Head.

Jacobs Ladder:
  Grade 5a+ (French) / 5b (USA) (Half Day Tour)
This is an absolute classic route that is situated high up on Table Mountain with views over the Atlantic and Camps Bay.  The route is 4 pitches long with great exposure.
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Atlantic Crag:  Grade 5c (French) / 5.10a (USA) (Half Day Tour)
Another classic overlooking the city bowl and ocean below.  4 pitches of excellent climbing takes you back up to the Cable Station (after a spicy finish with lots of air below you).

Staircase: Grade 4 (French) / 5.7 (USA) (Half Day Tour)
If you have have never rock climbed before, this is the one for you.  3 pitches long, easy climbing takes you up to the large traverse ledge.  After an exposed traverse, another pitch of climbing gets you back to the start.


Sport climbing areas that we often visit

Silvermine Lower Crag:  The most popular climbing area on the Cape Peninsula with short walk-ins, good rock quality and many excellent routes. Silvermine has five different crags and over 80 routes with grades ranging from 13 to 28. The crags go into the shade in the early afternoon (season dependent). The Lower Silvermine Crag has easy routes and is perfect for beginners, Blaze of Glory is a little harder, Silvermine Main Crag is a good all round crag and Fawlty Towers for some harder stuff.  There is also a great dam for cooling off afterwards.

Lakeside Pinnacle:  This is a great crag for beginners, with a few challenging routes for
others. Crack of Dawn is a splendid crack climb for practicing trad
climbing placements (we often run beginner climbing course here).

Paarl Rock:  Unique granite climbing 45 minutes drive from Cape Town and the opportunity to climb multi pitch sport climbing.  The most well know route being ‘Sands of Time’ grade grade 5b (French) / 5.9 (USA).

We also guide in Montagu (awesome single and multi pitch sport climbing).  Montagu is a 2.5 hour drive from Cape Town.  Multi or single day trips can be organised – Click here to visit our Montagu website.



Customised Multi Day Trips (Cederberg)

Upon request we can organise multi day hiking, rock climbing, scrambling trips to the above areas and to the world famous Cederberg mountains.   Areas include Wolfberg, Truitjieskraal, Maltese Cross, Tafelberg, Rooiberg and more.