Largely responsible for the Cape's reputation as a powerful, overhanging climbing venue, The Mine was, arguably, the first "REAL" hard-mans crag in Cape Town.
The Mine faces almost due North - however, in summer the sun is high enough above the horizon that it is unable to get under the overhangs (hence all-day shade), and in winter the sun's lower position means that it shines almost directly - ALL day - into the cave. On warmer winter days this can be uncomfortably hot. However, for the most part, The Mine offers a fantastic near-all-year venue.
The style is (very) steep and suited to intermediate to advanced climbers, with a number of classics. The climbing is adversely affected by persistent, strong South Easter wind which coats the rock in a salty-greasy-coating brought in from the ocean.
Park 100m before the guard-house to Silvermine Naval Base. Facing South, follow the jeep-track up the hill to the obvious cave-looking crag - the foot-path from the jeep-track breaks off at the highest hairpin bend in the jeep-track.
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