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1. Western Cape 1,201 routes in Region

Summary:
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seasonality
Unknown, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: 20.564442, -33.030706

1.1. Cederberg 318 routes in Region

Summary:
Boulder, Unknown and other styles

Long/Lat: 19.181685, -32.423764

1.1.1. Wolfberg 10 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 19.274249, -32.469229

1.1.2. Sanddrif 0 routes in Crag

1.1.3. The Pup 0 routes in Crag

1.1.4. Maltese Cross 0 routes in Crag

1.1.5. Bobbejaanskop 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 19.255389, -32.502699

1.1.6. Rooiberg 4 routes in Crag

Summary:
Trad and Sport

Long/Lat: 19.380334, -32.554338

Unique Features And Strengths:

An outstanding crag with a great mix of both trad and sport climbing.

Description:

Huge red walls and a large roof of hard Cederberg sandstone. Generally excellent quality rock.

Access Issues:

This crag is on private property. Permits for non resident at Nuwerust.

Approach:

To the left of the round swimming pool are some shed-like buildings. From behind these buildings make your way through a series of gates to gain the river bank. Boulder-hop across the river and find the start of the trail that leads up to the huge brown amphitheatre and over the Rooiberg. Follow the trail to the foot of the rock (about 40 minutes), then go left and up the slope for 100 m or so to the start of the climbing on a square protuding buttress.

Please note that the routes on these crags are quite long and it is advisable to use a 60 m rope.

Where To Stay:

Nuwerust Guest Farm:

http://www.cederbergexperience.co.za/

S 32° 33’ 42.1” E 19° 22’ 41.1”

Ethic:

Rooiberg is a trad and sport area, with plenty potential for single- and multipitch (up to 120 m high) sport and trad routes. Please take note that although bolting is permitted here, let the owners know that you would like to bolt and fill in the ‘new routes’ book. Also have the courtesy to check that your bolting project is not an existing trad line. Please also try and put top anchors on your single-pitch trad routes to facilitate descents.

History:

The Rooiberg Mountain is on the farm of Nuwerus which is owned by Louise Esterhuizen and Steven Windell. The crags, which are situated about 40 minutes walk from the farmstead, were only developed recently and offer great routes on typical hard Cederberg rock with massive potential for literally hundreds of routes, so grab your drill (or your trad gear) and head on out.

1.1.7. Tafelberg 8 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 19.123788, -32.313726

1.1.8. Krakadou 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 19.052161, -32.189653

1.1.9. Rocklands 273 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Boulder

Long/Lat: 19.032353, -32.133442

Description:

NOTE: 2013

Please check with locals for the latest on access and closures.

eg. http://www.climbing.co.za/2013/07/rocklands-bouldering-crisis/

and

http://www.climbing.co.za/2013/07/tea-garden-closed-to-climbers/

Access Issues:

NOTE: 2013

Delaney Carpenter (Chairperson of the MCSA Rock Climbing Committee, Cape Town Section) recently stood up at this year’s Rock Stock to inform all climbers of the current deteriorating relationship between climbers and the Rocklands’ landowners and has urged all climbers to adhere to the below rules when climbing in Rocklands:

  1. Bury your faeces and carry out your toilet paper. If the ground is too hard to bury your faeces, please carry it out with you and dispose of it in the campsite bins. Poop bags are available for free at De Pakhys. (A special note about this: Tea Garden has been closed primarily due to this problem. Animals such as baboons may eat human faeces and could contract diseases such as Tuberculosis and hepatitis, which could prove detrimental to the population)

  2. Do not litter – carry everything you bring in with you back out with you and dispose of your litter in the bins at the campsite.

  3. Stick to the allocated paths marked by cairns and as illustrated in the guidebook. Diverting from these paths causes far more erosion than is necessary and may cause the extinction of certain sensitive plants in the area.

  4. No graffiti on rock surfaces. (Black Shadow boulder has been closed to climbing due to graffiti)

  5. No pof is allowed in Rocklands. The resin damages the rock surfaces and this damage is irreversible.

[...]

The complete disrespect of boulderers for the land on which they climb is a very serious and has become a very real threat to bouldering in Rocklands.

Rocklands bouldering is in peril.

Rocklands does not belong to the climbers.

Our access is not a right, it’s a privilege and our treatment of the land is the difference between us being allowed to climb in Rocklands and us being banned from climbing in Rocklands altogether.

Irresponsible boulderers have caused this problem and boulderers are the only ones who can fix it.

Please respect the land you climb on in South Africa and adhere to the above mentioned rules. Your privilege to climb in Rocklands depends on it.

Notice from Delaney Carpenter, Chairperson of the Mountain Club of South Africa Rock Climbing Committee, Cape Town Section.

(Source: http://www.climbing.co.za/2013/07/rocklands-bouldering-crisis/)

1.1.10. Truitjies Kraal 19 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown and Sport

Long/Lat: 19.331478, -32.542028

1.2. Oudtshoorn 58 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 22.199644, -33.586708

1.2.1. The Cave Area 12 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.2.2. The Main Wall 28 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.2.3. The Initiation 7 routes in Area

Summary:
Sport and Unknown

1.2.4. The Blue Wall 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.2.5. Short Circuit 5 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.2.6. The Ostrich Patio 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.2.7. The Barrier Reef 4 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.2.8. The Wave 0 routes in Area

1.2.9. The Upper Tier 0 routes in Area

1.3. Milner Amphitheatre 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.4. Montagu 219 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown and Sport

Long/Lat: 20.094191, -33.798807

1.4.1. Far Side 3 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.4.2. Legoland 23 routes in Area

Summary:
All Sport

1.4.3. Bosch 6 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.4.4. The Forrest 8 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.4.5. Bad Kloof 45 routes in Area

Summary:
Unknown and Sport

1.4.6. Uria Heep 4 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.4.7. The Palace 10 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.4.8. Oorlogskloof 4 routes in Area

Summary:
Sport and Unknown

1.4.9. The Vision 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.4.10. The Steeple 17 routes in Area

Summary:
Sport and Unknown

Long/Lat: 20.101419, -33.797899

1.4.11. Skull 5 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.4.12. Rose bowl 3 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.4.13. Supertubes 22 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.4.14. Cogmans Buttress 4 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.4.15. Hilti 0 routes in Area

1.4.16. The Fin 0 routes in Area

1.4.17. The Forest 8 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.4.18. Heaven 0 routes in Area

1.4.19. Berlin Wall 5 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.4.20. Ramset Crag 8 routes in Area

Summary:
Sport and Unknown

1.4.21. Keur Kloof 15 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.4.22. The Alley 15 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.4.23. The Bold and the Beautiful 13 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 20.099672, -33.803551

Unique Features And Strengths:

In the shade all day!

1.5. Silvermine 59 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 18.415262, -34.087172

1.5.1. Main Crag 11 routes in Area

Summary:
Unknown and Sport

1.5.2. Blaze of Glory 10 routes in Area

Summary:
All Sport

1.5.3. Lower Silvermine 37 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 18.407640, -34.075220

1.5.4. Fawlty Towers 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.6. The Mine 52 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport and Unknown

1.6.1. Puffadder Wall 17 routes in Unknown

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

1.6.2. Sickle Moon Area 7 routes in Unknown

Summary:
Unknown and Sport

1.6.3. Gift of Wings Area 0 routes in Unknown

1.7. Table Mountain 119 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown and Trad

Long/Lat: 18.432704, -34.267283

Unique Features And Strengths:

Outstanding trad climbing on bullet hard Table Mountain sandstone.

Description:

Strictly trad climbing venue, no bolting is permitted. Mostly multi-pitch climbs. The routes tend to wander a bit, so twin ropes are recommended.

Approach:

Either a 1-2 hour hike to the crags, or a Cable Car to the top and an absail or short hike down.

Where To Stay:

Cape Town has a huge range of accommodation to fit every budget. Area that are close to the crag include the City Bowl and the Atlantic Seaboard.

Ethic:

Strictly trad area, bolting is illegal.

1.7.1. Fountain Ledge 20 routes in Area

Summary:
All Trad

Long/Lat: 18.402470, -33.957614

1.7.2. Africa Ledge 24 routes in Area

Summary:
All Trad

1.7.3. Postern Buttress 6 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.7.4. Kasteel's Buttress 2 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.7.5. Valken Buttress 6 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.7.6. Barrier Buttress 5 routes in Area

Summary:
Unknown and Trad

1.7.7. Ledges / Spring Area 3 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.7.8. Venster Buttress 14 routes in Area

Summary:
Unknown and Trad

1.7.9. Lower Arrow Buttress 18 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.7.10. Slangooli 2 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.7.11. Grootkop 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.7.12. Corridor Buttress 3 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.7.13. Woody Buttress 2 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.7.14. Orange Face (Permit needed) 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.7.15. India Venster 4 routes in Area

Summary:
Trad and Unknown

1.7.16. Left face 0 routes in Area

1.7.17. Nursery Buttress 0 routes in Area

1.7.18. Eagles Nest 0 routes in Area

1.7.19. Ledges 0 routes in Area

1.7.20. Blind Gully 0 routes in Area

1.7.21. Blinkwater 0 routes in Area

1.7.22. Hout Bay Corner 0 routes in Area

1.7.23. Lions Head 8 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.7.24. Constantia Corner 0 routes in Area

1.8. Lion's Head 37 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown and Trad

Long/Lat: 18.387148, -33.934414

1.8.1. Granite 21 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 18.385593, -33.932263

1.8.2. Sandstone 16 routes in Area

Summary:
Trad and Unknown

Long/Lat: 18.389304, -33.935655

1.9. Du Toit's North West Face 4 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.10. Witteberg 4 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.11. Duiwel's Kloof 4 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.12. Elsie's Peak 18 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 18.432420, -34.148454

1.13. Lakeside Pinnacle 17 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 18.455693, -34.092261

1.14. Muizenberg 16 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

Long/Lat: 18.453890, -34.096438

1.15. De Mond 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.16. Hangklip 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.17. Pier's Cave 25 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

1.18. Kleinmond 44 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 18.993619, -34.332609

Description:

The Crags are on the hill overlooking the Palmiet River and Ocean. Their is some medium grade face routes and some short hard routes. The crag is of coarse sandstone and solid quartzite.

Approach:

From the car park follow the path running under the power-lines parallel to the road up to the crags.

For the River Crag cross the main road and head down to the river following the path down river for 5 min to the crag.

1.18.1. Sector A - Zucchini Area 7 routes in Area

Summary:

1.18.2. Sector B - Arete Area 6 routes in Area

Summary:

1.18.3. Sector C - Run Away Wall 13 routes in Area

Summary:

1.18.4. Sector D - Coffee Break Area 3 routes in Area

Summary:

1.18.5. Sector E - Middle Tier 10 routes in Area

Summary:

1.18.6. Sector F - Lower Tier 3 routes in Area

Summary:

1.18.7. Sector G - River Crag 2 routes in Area

Summary:

1.19. Klein Winterhoek 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.20. Hellfire 36 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

1.20.1. Combustion Chamber 4 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.20.2. Pit of Doom 6 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.20.3. Crown Crag 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.20.4. Hellfire Buttress 5 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.20.5. Hellfire Prow 3 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.20.6. Magma Wall 4 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.20.7. Smokescreen wall 5 routes in Area

Summary:
Unknown and Trad

1.20.8. The Pillar of Pain 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.20.9. Wall of flames 7 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.21. The Hole 26 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 18.455742, -34.092545

1.21.1. The Sunset Wall 6 routes in Area

Summary:

1.21.2. The side show 5 routes in Area

Summary:

1.21.3. The Hole 15 routes in Area

Summary:

1.22. De Doorns 8 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 18.676529, -33.868035

1.22.1. Lost Fingers Crag 8 routes in Area

Summary:

1.22.2. The Prow Crag 0 routes in Area

1.23. Skoorsteenskop 12 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

1.24. Kalk Bay Crag 8 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.24.1. The Boatyard 1 route in Area

Summary:

1.24.2. Neptune's Cove 2 routes in Area

Summary:

1.24.3. Oyster Box 5 routes in Area

Summary:

1.24.4. Blackbeard's Cave 0 routes in Area

1.24.5. The Tresure Chest 0 routes in Area

1.25. Gordons Bay: Surfside 6 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.26. Paarl Rock 29 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown and Sport

Long/Lat: 18.942579, -33.744088

Description:

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).

1.26.1. Splinter Area 4 routes in Unknown

Summary:
Sport and Unknown
Description:

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

1.27. Karbonaaitjies Kraal 0 routes in Crag

1.28. Topside 0 routes in Crag

1.29. Waaihoek/Zeeba's berg 0 routes in Crag

1.30. Higgovale Quarry 23 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport and Unknown

Long/Lat: 18.400820, -33.942664

1.31. Leopard Tree Crag 19 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport and Unknown

1.32. Montagu Pass 5 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

1.33. Wolwe Rivier 12 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport and Unknown

1.33.1. Hidden Butress. 4 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.34. Rondebosch/Newlands (TDA-Boulder) 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.35. Gecko Rock 12 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

1.35.1. Tsunami Wall 6 routes in Area

Summary:

1.35.2. Gecko Wall 6 routes in Area

Summary:

1.36. Towerkop 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.36.1. Western Pinnacle 2 routes in Area

Summary:

1.36.2. Eastern Pinnacle 0 routes in Area

1.36.3. Nel's Cave Buttress 0 routes in Area