About The Rory

The 10th Annual Rory Lowther Memorial Challenge will be held on the 21-23 March 2014.

The Rory Challenge consists of a one-day sport climbing, bouldering and hiking challenge which take place in Swinburne, Harrrismith in the Free State province, South Africa.



The Rory 2014 will be the 10th Annual Event, where climbers nationally will gather to compete. Climbers of all ages have entered over the years, the youngest being 11 years of age and the oldest 72 years ‘young’.  Challengers from the Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga, Kwazulu Natal and Gauteng Climbing Gyms, Universities and Schools look forward to this annual event with much anticipation.  The non-climbers and family members enjoy the spirit and comradarie of this ‘gathering’. 

Having organised the event over a long weekend there will be three days to climb, chill and challenge.  Routes at Mount Everest / Eagle Mountain Harrismith (22km from Swinburne) are included in the challenge and a difficulty competition for the ‘Opens’ & ‘Veterans’ will be held on Friday 21st.  Climbing at Swinburne and/or Everest is an option on the Saturday, which will be the official challenge.

Burn-a-thon Time keeping course will be held on Friday afternoon for the less energetic who wish to have some fun and reserve their strength for the competition. 

The start of the Rory 2014 will be from Swinburne and challengers wishing to climb at Everest will be required to leave in convoy with the Search & Rescue and will get an extra hour on their time i.e. Finish at 16h00 instead of 15h00.  Registration will open at 16h00 on Thursday 20th March and close at 10h00 for the entrant to the Difficulty competition, registration will stay open until 14h00  on Friday 21st March 2014.

The first 200 Climbers Registered receive an ‘event’ T-Shirt and a goodie bag…  And the Sponsors every year have enabled the organisers to supply awesome prizes to the competitors in many different categories.  There is also a Great Raffle Prize….. see Raffle Page for The Rory Raffle for 2014!!

Teams are made up of two, navigating themselves from one boulder or route to the next, challenging their ability to complete each discipline successfully in order to collect enough points.

The Rory Powerpoint Information

The Rory 2010 on UTube

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