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Table of contents

1. Paarl Rock 30 routes in Crag

Unknown, Sport and Trad

Long/Lat: 18.942579, -33.744088


There are some excellent single- and multi-pitch sport routes at Paarl Rocks. The climbing is on large granite domes.

The rock seems to dry quicker than the sandstone crags around Cape Town, so Paarl Rocks may be a good destination if it has been raining recently.

Access Issues:

The Paarl Rocks are about 60 km north of Cape Town. From Cape Town drive north along the N1, and turn off at Paarl. Look carefully for the sign to the Paarl Rocks Mountain Reserve (it is easy to miss).

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 *** Sands of Time / The Dyke Route 18 Sport 120m 4, 22
2 *** East German Route (3 Pitch) 24 Unknown 90m
3 *** Jovian Thunderbolts (4 Pitch) 21 Unknown 110m
4 *** Ground Zero (5 Pitch) 22 Unknown 130m
5 *** Little Dutch Boy (3 Pitch) 20 Sport 90m
6 *** Wonderland (3 Pitch, P2&3 still being re-bolted) 21 Unknown 35m
7 *** Park Life 27 Unknown
8 *** Children of the Corn 25 Unknown
9 *** In Two Minds 25 Unknown
10 *** Memory Lapse 22 Unknown
11 *** Children of the Lesser God 22 Unknown
12 * Dyke 14 Unknown
13 ** Gecko 17 Unknown 75m
14 ** Belly Button Brigade (2 Pitch)

FA: J. Terblanche

15 Unknown 70m
15 *** Blue Diamonds and White Ice 28 Unknown
16 *** Stem Gem (Trad) 22 Unknown
17 Turmoil of the Skin 22 Sport 15m
18 *** Austrian Culinariam (6 Pitch) 19 Unknown 110m
19 Stairway to Heaven (6 pitch)

FA: J Mayer

19 Sport 240m
20 Josef's Birthday Party 19 Sport
21 Mickey Mouse 11 Sport
22 Enjoy It 20 Sport
23 Chinese Footbinding 17 Sport
24 Ugly Duckling 19 Sport
25 Via Daniela 18 Sport 220m
26 ** Crossing the Rubicon

FFA: Ed February, T. Versveld, Jeremy Sampson, 1992

17 Trad 15m

1.1. Splinter Area 4 routes in Unknown

Sport, Trad and Unknown

Around to the right of Belly button slab are rocks that look like Jelly Beans.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 ** Bolt are for Babies

Double rings at top

FFA: E February, T Versfeild, 1987

23 Sport 6
2 ** Bouncing Babies

FFA: A de Klerk, T Versfeld, E February, J Colenso, 1987

22 Sport
3 *** Umkhonto We Sizwe 22 Unknown
4 *** Splinter of the Mind's Eye 19 Mixed 2

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style Area
11 Mickey Mouse Sport 1. Paarl Rock
14 * Dyke Unknown 1. Paarl Rock
15 ** Belly Button Brigade (2 Pitch) Unknown 70m 1. Paarl Rock
17 Chinese Footbinding Sport 1. Paarl Rock
** Crossing the Rubicon Trad 15m 1. Paarl Rock
** Gecko Unknown 75m 1. Paarl Rock
18 *** Sands of Time Sport 120m 4, 22 1. Paarl Rock
Via Daniela Sport 220m 1. Paarl Rock
19 *** Austrian Culinariam (6 Pitch) Unknown 110m 1. Paarl Rock
Josef's Birthday Party Sport 1. Paarl Rock
Stairway to Heaven (6 pitch) Sport 240m 1. Paarl Rock
Ugly Duckling Sport 1. Paarl Rock
*** Splinter of the Mind's Eye Mixed 2 1.1. Splinter Area
20 Enjoy It Sport 1. Paarl Rock
*** Little Dutch Boy (3 Pitch) Sport 90m 1. Paarl Rock
21 *** Jovian Thunderbolts (4 Pitch) Unknown 110m 1. Paarl Rock
*** Wonderland (3 Pitch, P2&3 still being re-bolted) Unknown 35m 1. Paarl Rock
22 *** Children of the Lesser God Unknown 1. Paarl Rock
*** Ground Zero (5 Pitch) Unknown 130m 1. Paarl Rock
*** Memory Lapse Unknown 1. Paarl Rock
*** Stem Gem (Trad) Unknown 1. Paarl Rock
Turmoil of the Skin Sport 15m 1. Paarl Rock
** Bouncing Babies Sport 1.1. Splinter Area
*** Umkhonto We Sizwe Unknown 1.1. Splinter Area
23 ** Bolt are for Babies Sport 6 1.1. Splinter Area
24 *** East German Route (3 Pitch) Unknown 90m 1. Paarl Rock
25 *** Children of the Corn Unknown 1. Paarl Rock
*** In Two Minds Unknown 1. Paarl Rock
27 *** Park Life Unknown 1. Paarl Rock
28 *** Blue Diamonds and White Ice Unknown 1. Paarl Rock