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Description

To the right of the God No! Wall.

Access issues inherited from Waterval Boven

Best is by car but see bus info below. There is actually no need at all to venture into Johannesburg itself (not that it‟s such a bad place, some people love it!). From Johannesburg airport (O R Tambo International) take the R21 south for a few kilometers then the N12 east towards Witbank, which becomes the N4. These are excellent highways and within two hours (several kilometers after the second toll gate) the turn-off to Waterval Boven is reached on the right. Note: the highway splits into two

1.5 kilometres after the second toll gate. Both are still signed N4 Nelspruit, but only one of them passes Boven! Keep straight, don‟t take the left fork, many first time visitors make the mistake of going left which leads in completely the wrong direction!

The expensive toll gate just before Boven can be fairly easily avoided by turning off (right) at Machadodorp, approximately 15 kilometres before Boven. Drive into Machadodorp then take the tar road towards Badplaas (signed) for approx 13 kms, then turn left towards „Nkmomati Mine‟. After 3.2 kms turn left onto a gravel road signed Waterval Boven. Keep on this, keeping left at the fork at 6.5 kms, the road leads past the Tranquilitas Adventure farm and the Wonderland crags and after another 8 kilometres or so into Boven town, about 10-15 minutes later than if you had gone through the toll. If it‟s been raining very heavily this road can be unpassable in a normal car, however it dries very quickly (within a few hours).

Once in Boven, Roc „n Rope Adventures is easily found, on the opposite corner is the Shamrock Arms pub. Stop in and say “howzit” and get directions, either to the Climbers‟ Lodge or to Tranquilitas. While in town pick up some beer and some cheap (but excellent) steak and boerewors from the butcher (Slaghuis), be sure to ask for the climbers‟ discount.

There are a couple of shuttle-bus services that leave/return to Joburg once a day. At the time of writing „Jereh‟ will drop you off at roc and rope. Contact them on 082 378 3614; they will soon have a website. The other service is the Lowveld Link

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(www.lowveldlink.com) but they only drop at the Boven turn off from the N4 but its only 1-2 kms from there to Roc and Rope. Expect to pay between R 300 and 400 return.

Approach

"Keep walking along the base of the crag from the God No Wall and around a corner you will arrive at a very appealing east facing vertical wall which is home to some lovely sustained easy climbs. Some of the best easy climbs in Boven. Shade from 11 onwards." - Climb ZA Wiki

Routes

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SA 22 ** Bittergal Sport 28m, 14

Starts to the left of the tree. A tricky looking first few meters on is on dolerite (an igneous rock), changing to quartzite after the 3rd bolt.

FA: Greg Borman, 2009

2

Since being bolted this route has become very popular and must be a contender for one of the best easy climbs in Boven. After the 3rd bolt, move left then up and up; sustained. A 60 m rope is needed.

FFA: Stewart Middlemiss & I Schwartz, 1998

3

Just right of Brolloks, great, bit cruxier than Brollocks. Climb up to the ledge then move left after 4th bolt, and up bolts up to your left. Can also use the Brollocks start.

FFA: Ian Manson & G Shepston, 1992

FA: BB Ken Thrash, 1999

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SA 18 ** Sarel Seemonster Sport 28m, 12

Just right of Groenie die Drakie. Again, climb 4 bolts then move left and up.

FA: Ken Thrash June, 2009

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SA 17 ** Lucy Sport 25m, 12

The right most line. Clip first 3-4 bolts of Sarel Seemonster then move right and up, finishing below the big bushy tree.

FA: Daryl Margetts, 2010

FA: E Margetts, 2010

FA: A Margetts, 2010