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Post by CraigTurvey » Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:45 am

ROOIBERG is an excellent place to go learn how to trad. She has everything a newb could ask for:

She's easy to approach and has massive jugs. Some of her angles may appear intimidating, but once you start climbing, you realise she's deceptively easy.

In addition to the numerous multipitch trad lines, there are a number of single pitch trad lines too, with rap anchors at the top (making it a rather sporty experience). A multipitch sport route is also there to try out before you start giving the longer, natural lines a go. The sport route "Book of Fun" (16) can be climbed as a pseudo-trad route: the line follows a series of open books that readily accepts trad gear - you can always clip a bolt if you start freaking out.

A word of warning: there are patches of loose rock here and there. But over all, the rock quality is good (not exactly up to Tafelberg or Wolfberg standards, but pretty decent). So pack a helmet, your trad rack, and go have some fun.

Another note: take along some ab-tat, as not all of the single pitch trad routes are equipped with rap anchors. That said, if you do happen to climb one without rap anchors, just take a look around and you will find a convenient block or tree to sling (most of the time the ab-point is indicated in the route description). Most route descriptions are available in a guide(tte) brought out by Tony Lourens in 2012 (Titled: Rooiberg, Southern Cederberg) For more up to date route descriptions consult the wiki link on this website or the route book available at the Nuwerus campsite reception.

Enjoy :afro:

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