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Description

This crag did not make the front cover of Rotpunkt for nothing, one of Boven‟s best. The clean leaning orange faces host some incredible routes, especially in the 20‟s. Jambo and Bonar to name just a couple.

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

Drive from town up the road from Roc „n Rope. After a couple of kilometers the Elandskrans Resort is on the left, before the road becomes a gravel road. Drive in past the entrance gate and explain that you are a climber. At the time of writing the climbers could enter for free. Please respect this kind gesture and be absolutely sure you do nothing to upset the proprietors. Stop in for a beer or a meal at the Restaurant, the original Restaurant at the End of the Universe! The pizzas are huge and the deck has amazing views of the Triple Tier crags. Park anywhere out of the way. Don‟t leave valuables in the car. On foot, pass the swimming pools, heading right towards the cliffs past a warning sign (steep cliffs etc.). Just before reaching the viewpoint from the (Gaper) buttress, turn sharp right and after 20 metres the path forks. Go left and down steeply through trees over some slippery rocks. The crag can also be accessed from the left end by walking past the School sector.

Routes

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Grade Route
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21 * Purple Droll Trad

Climb the thin crack about 30m left of WORLDS APART and around the corner. Climb up to a tree and into a chimney.

FA: Gary Lotter, 1991

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The route to the left of the dead tree.

FA: Chris Wynn, 1997

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This climb used to start up a tree which has fallen away. The start is probably considerably trickier now and may a bolt or two.

FA: Mike Behr, 1997

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27 ** Mostly Harmless Unknown 8

Solid at the grade! Starts just right of a very steep smooth wall next to tree roots. The huge break up the wall is a few metres to the right.

FA: Mike Cartwright, 1993

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28 ** Eraserhead Sport 10

Clip BLOCKBUSTER'S first bolt, then continue straight up as BLOCKBUSTER trends slightly right. Low in the grade.

FA: Richard Lord, 1991

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25 * Blockbuster Sport

Starts just right of ERASERHEAD. Can have lot of wasps nests!

FA: Mike Cartwright, 1993

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26 * The Playpen Sport 10

Just to the right of the chimney-with-teeth. Airy at the top.

FA: Grant Murray, 1993

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25 ** Jambo Sport 13

Climbs a small arete to a roof 5m up. Then take the left break up to anchors. One of best routes in Boven.

FA: Grant Murray, 1993

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23 ** Flambeau Sport 12

Start up the 1st 4 bolts of JAMBO, then somewhat right to chains. Don't relax too much on the headwall…

FA: Andy de Klerk, 1994

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21 * Limbo Direct Sport 12

Direct start past a bolt to lunge for the branch.

FA: Andy de Klerk, 1994

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20 * Limbo Sport 11

Climb the tree roots 7m right of JAMBO, walk left along the limb, then up the wall to chains. Great climbing - after the tree.

FA: Andy de Klerk, 1994

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24 ** Jigaboo Sport 8

An excellent line, so much fun.

FA: Matt Murison & Alard Hüfner, 1997

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26 ** World's Apart Sport 9

A classic finger crack, in the middle of the Restaurant crag. Retrobolted by Lobster himself. One of the first routes here.

FA: Peter Lazarus, 1991

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About 8m right of the WORLD'S APART fingercrack. Keep to the left through the tree to reach good climbing up the crack and face above.

FA: Clive Curson & Mike Bruncke, 1993

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Climb up 7 bolts on a line just left of BONAR and step left to Gretchen's stance. The next 4 routes can be done from this large ledge.

FA: Clive Curson, 1994

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19 * Red Harvest Sport 8

3m right of LFTL, starting on the lower Gretchen ledge. Can be climbed from the bottom, go right around the tree.

FA: Clive Curson & Fran Botha, 1993

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20 * Jungle Uncle Trad

Climbs the shallow corner to the left of GRETCHEN GOES TO NEBRASKA.

FA: Clive Curson, 1992

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From the belay bolts on the large ledge, climb the face route left of the obvious corner.

FA: Grant Murray, 1991

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17 ** Amazon Aunt Sport 10

Bolted jamcrack just right of Gretchen, on the same ledge. Great climb to practice trad leading.

FA: Clive Curson & Barbara Marcus, 1992

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Up the ACCESS ROUTE TO GRETCHEN ET AL; at the top of the dihedral, climb the left hand crack on the face. Gary Lotter's IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR probably goes out onto the arete now occupied by BONAR.

FA: Clive Curson, 1994

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Climbs the line 7m right of GRETCHEN GOES TO NEBRASKA, on the face left of the arete. Dicey gear, mostly small wires.

FA: Gary Lotter, 1991

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20 ** Bonar Sport 14

Fine moves up the steep left arete on positive holds. Long and pumpy.

FA: arryl Margetts & Bernie Schumacher, 1993

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18 Mjs Sport 11

A hardish move through the groove near the ground.

FA: Darryl Margetts, 1993

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21 * G.P. Le Chuck Sport 9

Starts as for RED HERRING, then goes left after the first bolt. Somewhat contrived finishing crux.

FA: Martin Seegers & Darryl Margetts, 1991

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20 ** Red Herring Sport 25m, 9

fine climb up the middle of the face.

FA: Darryl Margetts & Martin Seegers, 1991

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17 * Faraday's Cage Sport 10

Starts a few meters right of RED HERRING, up the right side of the face. Recently rebolted by Darryl

FA: Darryl Margetts & Greg Devine,, 1993