Q: Barracuda Rail

  • Grade context: FR
  • Ascents: 15




The other big boulder behind Kiesel.

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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Listed as a classic in the guidebook

sit-start, traverse left along the slopey rail then turn the tricky corner and follow the crack out left to the tall arete.

FA: Klem Loskot et. al, 2005

Start with sloper, climb up the groove and join Barracuda Rail. "The difficulty of this beautiful line depends on a knee-bar


FA: Nalle Hukkataival, 2008

Start left in the scoop and climb up right on 'mushroom' holds.

FA: Klem Loskot et. al

Start with left hand in hueco, move up to good hold and finish with a mantle.

FA: Klem Loskot et. al, 2005

Start with round hole, climb up to good hold at the lip and mantle direct.

FA: Klem Loskot et. al, 2005

From high crimps campus up then move to crimps and top-out.

FA: Klem Loskot et. al, 2005

Listed as a classic in the guidebook

Start with the rock, move to rail and climb out on the intimidating seam.

FA: Flo Grimus, 2005

Start with pocket, move up to rail then up left and mantle out.

FA: Marc Le Menestrel, 2013

Start as Barracuda Rail but mantle up onto the rail and climb through the roof. "The fear of fish"

FA: Sebastein Lazure, 2011

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