Rooiberg Rock climbing routes in the Cederberg
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Rooiberg Rock Climbing

Information From the Wolfberg Guidebook by Tony Lourens.

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.

Nearest place : Nuwerust rest camp
Latitude, Longitude: S 32° 33’ 42.1”
E 19° 22’ 41.1”
Access Issues: Permits for non resident at Nuwerust
Rock Type: SandStone
Type of Climbing: sport and trad
Sun Aspect: Afternoon Sun

The farm has good camping and chalets and has a large boma with a huge fireplace, outside pub and DSTV, with Steven and Louise offering great farm-style hospitality. It is best to climb here in the warmer months as the crag is westfacing and gets the sun from around 1.30 pm. In winter it gets hardly any sun and can be very chilly. Besides the climbing, Nuwerus Farm has some great hiking trails on which you can explore the typical Cederberg country, down spectacular valleys and over rocky mountains.

Bolting: 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.

Rooiberg routes

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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. The routes are discribed from right to left, as this is the way you approach the crags. The two trad routes were saved from the drill at the last minute and are fine additions to the crag!

Routes:

Rating
Grade
1-Fetch Me a Shrubbery
FA: T. Lourens 2008
Trad, C
****
19
2- Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
FA: H. Davies, K. Davies 2008
11B
****
22
3- Ethel the Aardvark Goes Quantity Surveying
FA: T. Lourens 2008
9B
****
15
4- Book of Fun
FA: R. Breyer 2008
8B
****
16
5- The Knights Who Say Ni!
FA: T. Lourens 2008
Trad, C
*****
18
6- Twice as Smooth
FA: J. Temple-Forbes, B. Higgins 2008
9B
****
21
7- J & B Rare
FA: J. Temple-Forbes, B. Higgins 2008
10B
****
23
8- Coolio
FA: S. Miller 2008
8B
*****
21
9- May the Vors be With You
FA: S. Miller 2008
9B
****
21
10. Too Hot to Handle
FA: K. Rycroft 2008
9B
****
17

11- Huge Jugs
FA: D. Hugo 2008

9B
***
17

12- Slap the donkey
FA: Scott Miller 2009

 
18
13-  Funky Town
FA: Scott Miller 2009
 
20
 

For the Rooiberg rock climbing routes description in a PDF printable format please click on this link

Rooiberg.pdf

New Routes Added to Rooiberg

Rooiberg routes

The Truitjieskraal Rock Climbing routes are situated just 8km from NuweRust farm in the Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve, Southern Cederberg

Route Description
The turnoff to Truitjieskraal from the Matjiesrivier to Kromriver dirt road, is at a Cape Nature sign where there is  a chain with a combination lock. You get given the combination with your permit (obtainable from NuweRust). Drive to the first parking area where the trail starts. The second and third parking areas are for quick access to the Bushman paintings. The end of the trail takes you down to the middle parking area, and there is then a short walk back on the road to the car.   

Truitjieskraal Hiking trail

Truitjieskraal climbing map

 

Rooiberg rock climbing

Rooiberg  & Truitjieskraal

Rock Climbing  

For any enquiry please contact Louise at Nuwerust rest camp.

by email adress:

info@cederbergexperience.co.za

or by telephone:

+27 27 482 2813

 

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