Croc River Canyon

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          • UNDER REVISION *****

Croc River Canyon- update

Note: Current access is as follows. The guards at the gate have a key to the entrance of the gorge. They are aware of climbers going to and from the gorge. They will open for you. Please treat them nicely.

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The Croc River Canyon is an afternoon crag, that is at its best in the Winter seasons. Although the crag can be climbed all year round, summer brings soring temperatures of 35C to 40C+! The routes are particularly runout, even for some easier grades. The main wall is just over 30metres high, so a 70m rope would be a safe bet. The croc river runs next to the crag, which gives the place great ambience, despite it being located right by the Riverside Mall. In summer do a few routes and grab an ice-cream afterwards(or a latte for winter time)!

Getting there

Two animals one needs to keep an eye out for are: 1) Black Mamba's(Or any other poisonous snake) 2) Crocodiles (There has been spottings of crocs near the crag). Don't let this put you off- generally there have been few incidents.

Park at the Riverside Mall in Nelspruit. Head for the government buildings(The egg shaped building), and go to the security located just to the right(looking from the malls side), of the big traffic circle. There is a gate there which is padlocked, ask the security to open up and tell them your going climbing. Walk next to the fence for 50m, and turn right on a faint path.(In summer this may be hard to find, because of the Lowveld plant life!) You should pass an old derelict small building on your left, then make your way down the gorge until your at the river(There will be a cairn there). Turn left and walk for 100m or so, until the crag appears on your left.

The routes below are listed from the first route as you get to the crag, to last route on the main wall. IS Baboon Rob Vincent.jpg

Super Fly 7b/26 *** Description... FA: Gary Lowther 2007

Megachilide Description... 17*[10D]

FA:Nicole Hemphill 2002

Creature Comforts Description... 7b/ 26***[9D]

FA:Alard Hufner 2002

The Full Spectrum 7c+/29**** Description... FA: Donovan Willis

Puppy love 7b+/27 ***[12D]

The flaring crack to the right of cc.pumpy. FA:Hunt Cheney 2003

Beetle juice 19***[9D,R] Description... FA:Mike Mason 2002

Raboebie 16*****[14D,60m!] Description... FA;Craig Kluckow 2002

Pumpin pistons 17***[] Description... Just right of raboebie. FA:Rudy Halbich

The concertina effect 18* Description... FA:?? BB:Nicole Hemphil

Active suspension 7c+/29****[9D] The slightly overhanging wall just left of spongebob squarepants. A sustained line. FA:Donovan Willis 2008

Spongebob squarepants 7a/24****[9D]

An excellent face climb on a prominent block. Courage is needed for the first clip. FA:Jonothan Salzwedel 2004

The Swarm Project 7c+ CLOSED project

BB: Donovan Willis

I IS baboon 21*****[13D,60,m!!]

FA;Hunt Cheney 2002

Pirates Project 7a OPEN Project. Just plausible. Scramble up to the 2nd bolt of I IS Baboon, then belayer clips in and climber fires diagonally right on the waves of granite, finish up on the 'My Mona Lisa' project. Will have to be back climbed... The ships waiting... BB: Donovan Willis

Smooth Apricot jam 22*****[13D,60m!!] Description... FA:Hunt Cheney 2002

Juste a Temps Project 7c/7c+ CLOSED PROJECT. Tests the mind and body. BB: Donovan Willis

Emergancy Exit 7a/24**** Dance your way through the bottom, and do some weird climbing higher up. The thorn bush has been cleared away making this quiet a pleasant climb. BB:Hunt Cheney

My Mona Lisa Project 8c/8c+/9a 20meters of hard bouldering. CLOSED PROJECT! BB: Donovan Willis

Futuristic impressions of the past 19***[N] Description... FA:Alard Hufner 2002