Rock climbing - Sports climbing
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"Kanniedood" (From left to right)
Thabaphaswa offers a great number of climbs at two Main Granite Outcrops:
- KANNIEDOOD CRAG with 15 single climbs and 2 multi -pitch climbs; and
- THABAPHASWA MOUNTAIN WITH THREE CRAGS. There is at this stage one 150 meter multi-pitch on one
crags but there is the potential to bolt many other climbs on these three crags. Plans are
this to be done.
Pitch 1: ** 23, 22m
Starts to the left of the elephant's trunk. On balance, small holds on a relatively smooth
Crux 1/3 of the way up, then straight forward to the top
Pitch 2: ** 19, 23m
Start right to avoid loose slab, then left under the boulder, continue left over dassie
section on this climb
Pitch 3: *** 18, 23m
Starts from a small cave through which on can see under the elephant to the other side of
face. Route moves over to the left past the elephant's ear.
Pitch 4: *** 17, 22m
Route moves directly up to just short of the top.
Pitch 5: ** 15, 10m
Short easy finish.
There are also some shorter sport climbs bolted at two of the Bush Camps.
The Kanniedood Crag
The easier climbs at Kanniedood crag can be reached by going left as you reach the bottom of the
Go left then right around the corner and up the hill. The climbs are close together on the easy slab
on your right as you get to the top of the crag.
''Just for fun'' *** 11R(1B,C), 12m (25/05/2013)BB: Johan Moelich FA: Johan Moelich
Climb straight up to bolt, then right to Loula's chains.
''Loula'' **** 11(3B,C), 14m (25/05/2013)BB: Johan Moelich FA: Sjene Smith
- ''Surami'' *** 12(3B,C), 14m (25/05/2013)BB: Johan Moelich FA: Sharon Benade
- ''Lekker Likkewaan Top Rope Anchors'' 20m (Route can be top roped)(14/10/2018) A lot of
to bolt new routes by using the top rope anchors, ideal for beginner climbers top roping.
''Bloustert Akkedis'' *** 12(2B,C), 10m (16/05/2017)BB: Hermien Venter FA: Hermien Venter
- ''Shongololo''*** 14 (Route can be top roped),(1 Bolt & Anchors) 10m, (22/07/2017) BB: Hermien
Venter FA: Ruan Snyman
''Skoenlapper'' 18/15* (6 Bolts + Anchors), 17m (26/03/2016) BB: Thomas Kotlar, FA: Hermien
Route starts at the granite slab, then up the crack, out right and up to the anchors. Use the
and stay left for 15. Use the face right of the crack for 18.
''Super Cool Nifty'' - 21 (6 Bolts + Anchors), 17m (26/03/2016) BB: Thomas Kotlar, FA: Thomas
Kotlar. Straight up the face of the bulge.
''Miena se Muis'' - 20 (6 Bolts + Anchors), 17m (26/03/2016) BB: Thomas Kotlar, FA: Thomas
Use the crack then over the top to the anchors. (Skoenlapper, Super Cool Nifty and Miena se
use the same anchors.)
“Cracadelic” – 17, 28m (30/06/2018)BB: Neil Margetts, FA: Nadine van Heerden. Route stars on
left of Tripple Town, follow route up through the crack over the bulge. Use anchors of
Miena se muis & Super Cool Nifty.
''Triple Town'' *** 17, 27m (11/05/2013)BB: Johan Moelich FA: Sharon Benade
(5 meters left of My Big Toe. Starts at the flake under the tree.)
''My Big Toe'' **** 19, 20m (Brilliant climb)
- ''A Little Grit'' 20 - 1 pitch - 4 bolts
13. July 2015 - Emilia Schönherr und Paul Grotheer, Lina Schneeweiß, Tilmann Hartmann
This nice climb starts a few meters to the right of the route "My Big Toe". There are some
on this route.
The route was done by climbing and bolting from the bottom without prior establishing of bolts
the use of a top rope.
''Friday 13th'' *** 20, 24m
''Dead Ant'' *** 21, 19m
''Yoga on the Rocks'' **** 23, 23m
''Boned'' **** 21, 23m
''Tu-lips'' *** 16, 36m Multi Pitch
Pitch 1: 16, 16m
Pitch 2: 15, 20m
"Scorpion" *** 19, 3 pitches (2013) Multi Pitch
Walk to right hand side of crag. The line of bolts following the
off-width crack is Scorpion. The bolt line to the left of the crack is
a variation to Scorpion and worth the try. (Variation pitch is a grade 23)
Pitch 1: 19, 20m 10 bolts. Belay on big ledge
Pitch 2: 16, 30m 5or6 bolts. Belay in big scoop
Pitch 3: 10, 35m 2 bolts. Top out (Climb for the view)
When Abseiling and you're using 60 meter ropes, use the chains you pass as you climb pitch 3.
abseil is only 5 meters between the two point but necessary.
You will be caught short on a 60 meter rope.
Kanniedood Mountain Hut
''Swart Mamba Anchors'' *** 17
Starts on the left side of the hut at the open book in the corner. There are 2 seperate anchors
on top of the bolder. Mainly used for youth abseil and top rope.
- ''Pofadder'' ** 12, 17m (5 Bolts & Anchors) (22/07/2017) BB: Hermien Venter FA: Nehan Fourie
Starts on the right side of the hut on the granite slope. The route moves directly up. Ideal
beginners sport climbing.
Dome Rock at Dome Rock Camp
''Whistling in the wind'' On the side of the Maroela Unit of the Rock *** 19, 7m
''Monkey See Monkey Do'' On the side of the Kiepersol Unit of the Rock 15, 5.5m (2 Bolts &
Anhors) (13/10/2018) BB: Hermien Venter FA: Jaco
Special services provided by Hermien Venter
There is a special service available for rock climbers at Thabaphaswa. Hermien Venter knows all
climbs very well, and provides a service as guide and climbing leader for climbers at
She can also provide climbing equipment if so required. Hermien's services can be booked via
the contact form or call her at 084 823
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