The Catacombs

  • Grade context: FR
  • Ascents: 3




The base of the crag is made up of a labyrinth of caves with crazy potential.

Access issues inherited from Rocklands

As of 2014, no climbing is allowed in Rocklands without a valid climbing permit. Land owners often conduct inspections in the climbing areas and anyone found without a permit will be asked to leave the climbing area. Permits can be obtained online - - or purchased at CapeNature's Kliphuis campsite office; De Pakhuys campsite office; or Traveller's Rest farmstall and restaurant.

Ethic inherited from 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.


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Grade Route

FA: Ebert Nel, 2020

Starts at the belayer bolt. Traverse out from under the roof and climb up a slabby face. Airy!

FA: P. van der Merwe, 2020

Mantle into a scoop under the roof and blast through the bouldery roof.

Maint: E. Nel, 2020

FA: M. Smigelskis, 2020

Bouldery sequence through the overhang.

FA: Alex Bester, 2020

First-line on the farm. Already a classic. A tall line with an excellent boulder problem at every bolt.

FA: A. Bester, 2019

Gnarly off-width if you get too involved.

FA: E. Nel, 2020

FA: A. Bester, 2020

FA: E. Nel, 2020

Set: E. Nel, 2019

FA: J. Waldman, 2020

Starts as for 'Some Like it Jaffel', traverse under the roof along the horizontal and merge with Cederbergs Most Wanted.

FA: E. Nel, 2020

Open Project

Starts on the far right of the Catacombs. Exposed overhanging classic.

Maint: P. van der Merwe, 2020

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