Rockstock for a Cause

Local and international climbers have helped raise nearly R30 000 for two Rocklands charities by eating lots of food and dancing, all night long.

An estimated 200 climbers turned up for the 9th annual Rockstock festival at De Pakhuys Guest Farm in Rocklands, in the northern Cederberg, on Saturday, August 5.

About 140 plates of potjiekos were sold – totalling more than 100kg of food – before participants took to the stage to compete in the traditional Rockstock Air Guitar Competition.

This year organisers also added a talent show to the line-up (giving people a chance to play real instruments as well) and a Crimp Competition, won by Lucas (France) with a grip, registering just over 81kg’s on the CrimpMeter. South Africa took bronze with the Western Cape’s Luke Bax having the third strongest handshake at the party, registering a grip-force just under 80kg’s.

The Rockstock 2017 Air Guitar trophy lifters are team Bateman, an energetic group of South African, German and French climbers, for their live performance of “In the Rocklands”: sung to the tune of “In the Jungle” and featuring a slightly-too-tight bright yellow adult onesey, a tuba, and a pedigree Boston terrier…


Rockstock festival

Photo: Scott Noy


The ClimbZA-sponsored event is an annual fixture on the northern Cederberg’s winter climbing scene and this year raised funds for the newly established Rocklands Association for Development (RAD) and the Byneskop Community Fund (for the upliftment of farm workers on De Pakhuys), both of which will receive nearly R15 000.

De Pakhuys owners Thys Kruger and Mark Botha organised a morning tractor-drive to the Skyline bouldering area before availing the campsite bar to help revellers quench their thirst during the all-night party. De Pakhuys also collected R6 000 in pre-event ticket sales.

Project management; general running around; clean-up and recycling was handled by Tracy and JP du Plessis from The Storytellers.

Alpha Excelsior Guest Farm and Winery organised the sound and assisted with logistics on the day and at the party. The Hen House Coffee Shop (@ Alpha Excelsior) collected more than R8 000 in pre-event ticket sales.

Travellers Rest Farm Stall and Restaurant helped organisers procure 30kg’s of A-grade lamb, while Karen Frasier from Edenveld Guest Farm donated more than 60kg’s of organic vegetables for the pots.

Erik de Milander from Bushman’s Cave let organisers use three of his size-25 potjies (weighing in at 75kg’s per empty pot) for the main course, and two size-14 potjies for the rice. When asked if this was maybe (just possibly…?) too much: “Een klimmer kan genoeg eet vir drie mense,” said de Milander.

He was right. There was nothing left in any of the pots: testament to the excellent work done by Unio Joubert, Isa Marx, and James Frost who packed; spiced; fired and watched the massive pots. All… Day… Long…

Organisers would like to extend a special “thank you” (very, very much!) to Anne from the Yellow Aloe Guest House and Coffee Shop in Clanwilliam, who ‘popped in for a visit’ and ended up manning the serving spoons for hours on end.

Spar Clanwilliam donated the dessert. By morning, not a trace remained of the seven massive sponge cakes, nor any of the 22l of spiced vanilla custard. It all simply vanished, like magic.

The beneficiaries (RAD and the Byneskop Community Fund) would both like to extend a massive vote of thanks to all who attended the party, as well as to all the sponsors those who helped organise it.

RAD will be using its allocation of funds to kick-start a crash pad refurbishing business in Rocklands, as well as the construction of more Gaia climbing balls, while the community fund will add this money to its savings for the construction of a multi-purpose hall (a target of R100 000).

Sponsors of the Rockstock 2017:

Bushman's Cave Alpha Excelsior Logo de Pakhuys Logo Travellers rest logo
Climb ZA Logo rocklands development logo Yellow Aloe spar clanwilliam logo
Storytellers logo



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