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Maaschland crag Rocklands

Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:53 am
by XMod
Rocklands has a new sport climbing crag thanks to the kind folk at Traveller's Rest who sponsored bolts and the tireless efforts of Sean Maasch and Jono Cohen who bolted most of the routes, as well as Oliver Kruger, Illona Pelser, Jan Fisher and Ebert Nel who also equipped routes and Malcom Gowans for donating hardware. The crag is in the shade all day keeping things cool. The rock is solid sandstone featured with pockets edges and cracks. Climbs are sustained within the grade.

The topo is available for download from the following link. There is a print version for printing out and a more compact version that can be saved to your phone.
https://www.climbing.co.za/pdf/uncatego ... rocklands/

The information will be uploaded to the wiki soon.

For accommodation bookings contact:
Traveller's Rest
PO Box 264, Clanwilliam, 8135
Western Cape, South Africa
Fax
+27 86 566 5493 (International)
086 566 5493 (Local)
Tel
+27 82 554 9303 (International)
082 554 9303 (Local)
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Re: Maaschland crag Rocklands

Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:22 pm
by justin
Thanks Greg for your work in creating this RD, it looks really good!

Great to see bolts being sponsored and efforts put in by locals - looks like we have two Lockdown crags in the Western Cape already 8)
Looking forward to getting out there

Re: Maaschland crag Rocklands

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:12 am
by ShaolinWood
Was wondering when the first grade 19 named "Covid 19" would pop up :D

Looks like an awesome crag. Thanks everyone involved!

Re: Maaschland crag Rocklands

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:23 am
by XMod
ERRATA: Exponential curve was bolted and opened by Jan Fisher.
Sorry all - the link posted above has now been updated with the latest version of the guide - apologies for the inconvenience.

Re: Maaschland crag Rocklands

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:59 pm
by Chris F
Why is the crag named after Sean but not Jono?

Looks like a great addition.

Re: Maaschland crag Rocklands

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:21 pm
by XMod
People were motivating for it to be named that, sounds catchy. Sean has also been a major motivator in the sport for 30years, he and Johno Fisher basically started the entire bouldering exploration of Rocklands. I think it's fitting his contribution to the sport is recognised in some way. I'd rather celebrate his work than immortalise the lockdown (which was the original name of the crag). Anyway just my opinion - I did not choose the name nor was I involved in crag development - just compiled the topo.

Whatever the name the climbing there is cool with some really spectacular lines in the upper grades. Reminded me a bit of Silvermine main crag. I can very much recommend going there now as the kloof is bedecked in flowers and smells amazing in the evening as you walk out - good times!! :thumright :)

Re: Maaschland crag Rocklands

Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:34 am
by mokganjetsi
Amazing! Huge thanks to everyone involved. Love the ring of "Maaschland".

Willing to publish some star-ratings for the routes? Would be lekker to know which ones to gun for :thumleft:

Re: Maaschland crag Rocklands

Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:54 am
by Chris F
XMod wrote: Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:21 pm People were motivating for it to be named that, sounds catchy.
Sorry should have added a :wink: to my comment, i know who Sean and what he's done,he's been around since my day.

Re: Maaschland crag Rocklands

Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:59 pm
by rasmus
Had the privilege of trying a couple of them. Really nice climbs and awesome to have a crag in Rocklands with all day shade. Didn't send, but the route formerly known as "Jan's Route" (25) is five star. Also highly recommend Covid-19 (19) (the climb, not the infection). Thanks to Sean, Traveler's rest and the other bolters for a nice addition!

Re: Maaschland crag Rocklands

Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:55 pm
by justin
Sean would like to again, mention the following:

A big thanks to the generosity from Strauss Family for their all round support and allowing us climbers to equip the crag on their property - also their contribution towards hardware and accommodation.

Oliver Kruger for all his help setting up top anchors to access the routes, top roping of routes to see where the lines would go, marking out bolt placements and carrying of heavy loads.

Malcolm Gowans for his generous contribution of hangers for the routes.

And lastly to Greg Hart for compiling the excellent topo.

Sean Maasch

Re: Maaschland crag Rocklands

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:15 pm
by justin
Went and had a look this weekend - awesome everything!
Well done to everyone for their efforts. I climbed 3 routes there (and then needed a nap :roll:
The old school grading will remind you that you're not on holiday 8)

Re: Maaschland crag Rocklands

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2020 1:14 pm
by drewolden2007
Great crag with nice lines, the holds are surprisingly chalked up. We climbed the high main wall one night during our stay and question whether we were the first to do so? I love that it's in such an amazing setting! A big thank to the developers of this wonderful crag.

On our stay we also put up some fun trad lines on the shoulder of rock on the left side of the road, heading towards Maaschland close to the cottages in that area.

You've got to go sample the perfect Cederberg rock!
Drew :thumleft:

Re: Maaschland crag Rocklands

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:00 pm
by stingrei
Anyone know who opened the new route left of Ilona Pelser’s 22 at Maaschland Main Crag? Name of new route and grade? I thought about 23 cool route

Re: Maaschland crag Rocklands

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:18 pm
by Warren G
No idea, but I also did it and felt it was a 23 too. Hope you did the long 23 and 21? Both have tough starts, but solid 5 stars

Re: Maaschland crag Rocklands

Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:29 pm
by oliverwilliams
My route. It's called Herd Immunity. We also thought 22/23. Crux feels more like 23 than 22. I've added it to thecrag.com https://www.thecrag.com/en/climbing/sou ... 4563075468

I'm pleased you guys enjoyed it!

JTF gave me first dibs on the line, so my thanks to him.

Re: Maaschland crag Rocklands

Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:05 pm
by stingrei
Nice going Oliver!

Feels like 23 by consensus...Matt Hoffman also climbed and agree.