Leliehoek Rock climbing

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Summary

The closest rock to Bloemfontein. Worth a weekends stay in the good safe campsite. It has a swimming pool in the summer. 20 rand entrance fee is currently payable at reception.

Description

Ladybrand is on the Free State-Lesotho border, and as such catches much of the Maluti weather. If it snows on the Malutis, it will be bitterly cold in Ladybrand. Generally it is a summer rainfall area with typical afternoon thunderstorms and dry, cold winter days. The valley results in the sun being blotted out even earlier, so the cold settles in very early on winter afternoons. As the area is wooded most climbs catch a good deal of shade which helps to ward off the summer sun.

Access issues

The climbs lie in the Little Rock resort (formerly known as Leliehoek) which is picturesquely set in a small wooded valley 3 minutes drive from the Ladybrand town centre. The park has the usual camping and chalet facilities as well as a small bar and a sizeable and most welcome outdoor swimming pool. Ladybrand is well catered for with many shops, banks, garages and places to eat. There are plenty of other things to do in the area. The town boasts an 18 hole golf course, hiking and biking trails as well as being the gateway to the Lesotho Highlands. To book, contact the Little Rock reception at: 051–924 0260.

Approach

5 to 15 minutes walking. Complicated topos and scattered routes on small boulders make for interesting route finding. Ask a local if you can find one!

Where to stay

To book, contact the Little Rock reception at: 051–924 0260. Tariffs as at February 2011 are: Day fee: R20/R10 (Adult/Child) Camping: R145 (2 people) /R20 per child extra Chalets: R300 (2 people, 1 bedroom) R495 (4 people, 2 bedrooms) R550 (6 people, 3 bedrooms)

History

Not much is known of any climbing before 2000 although it is certain that some casual activity took place before this time. Paul Middleton and Tim Calder paid numerous visits from February 2000 and cleaned and top roped many of the routes on the Little Jesus Wall as well as the Campsite Boulders. At the end of June 2001 Joffrey Hyman and Russ Dodding visited and together with Middleton and Calder bolted the first five routes—two on each of the Picnic Boulders and one on the Little Jesus Wall. More ‘top rope’ development took place but the next major investment was at the hands of Hot Rock in September of 2002. They bolted a total of 13 routes over a two week period opening up the first major line on the Big Jesus Wall as well as bolting existing routes on the Cracked Egg and Commander 9.5 boulders. After this, things quietened down again, until Jacques Raubenheimer from Bloemfontein started adding routes (slowly!) again in 2007. This was followed by a bolting course (presented by Jacques Raubenheimer) for the CUT Mountaineering Club (from Bloemfontein) in June 2010, where the 8 course attendees (which included the Ladybrand local, Chris Kleynhans) added 16 routes in one weekend, effectively doubling the number of bolted lines.

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