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1. The Theatre 10 routes in Cliff

Trad and Sport

Long/Lat: 30.363827, -25.663584


A few incredible lines including some classic trad on the big obvious orange wall you can see for miles! Be brave and leave the „social‟ crags of God No and Superbowl for a day and ckeck out these brilliant lines.

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


(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.


As for the Left Wing, continue another 50 metres or so until a huge slightly detached 4 metre high block is reached. The big orange left-facing wall of Heart of China is an obvious landmark.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 ** Endless October

Starts at the left end of the ledge/block. Brilliant.

FA: Grant Murray, 1992

24 Sport 9
2 ** Sweet Cousin Cocaine

From the right of the block climb past a bouldery lower section then a finish on huge jugs. Superb.

FA: Gary Lotter, 1991

25 Sport 10
3 ** Night of the Toast

The obvious crackline on the left of The Theatre, just right of Sweet Cousin Cocaine.

FA: Stewart Middlemiss, 1991

23 Trad
4 ** Bikini Red

Stunning! Better than Lotters? In the middle of the face. Name written at base. The first bolt is very high but the climbing is super easy. Don‟t stray left at the top, just trust those feet and go!

FA: Mike Hislop, 1992

27 Sport 9
5 Shut Up and Die Like an Aviator

Climbs the scoop 5m right of BIKINI RED. Very poorly protected.

FA: Mike Hislop, 1992

16 Trad
6 * Stage Fright

Climbs the arete to the choss above

FA: Clive Curson, 1992

20 Trad
7 * Centre Stage

This is the leftmost route on the right wall of The Theatre. Climbs the corner. Fight your way through the choss at the top and avoid killing people below.

FA: Clive Curson, 1992

18 Trad
8 *** Into the Night We Slide

Just to the right of the major dihedral in The Theatre, a few metres left of HEART OF CHINA. Sparse gear.

FA: Stewart Middlemiss, 1991

23 Trad
9 *** Heart of China

CLASSIC!! Up the middle of the big left facing orange wall, via a leftwards trending line of cracks and jugs. One of the best trad lines at The Restaurant.

FA: Darryl Margetts & Martin Seegers, 1991

10 *** Kindered Spirits

At the right end of the ledge, climb up a few moves, and right around the corner to under a roof (awkward 2nd clip out left). Opened at 25!

FA: Grant Murray, 1992

26 Sport 9

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
16 Shut Up and Die Like an Aviator Trad
18 * Centre Stage Trad
20 * Stage Fright Trad
23 *** Into the Night We Slide Trad
** Night of the Toast Trad
24 ** Endless October Sport 9
25 ** Sweet Cousin Cocaine Sport 10
26 *** Kindered Spirits Sport 9
27 ** Bikini Red Sport 9
? *** Heart of China Trad