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Climbing Type
Rock Type
ProvinceWestern Cape

How to get there

Fees & Permits

Accommodation & Food

Attractions & Activities


Truitjieskraal is a beautiful area in the Cederberg with Superb quality Sandstone sport routes over a range of grades. +/- 30 Single Pitch Sport Routes. The drive is +/- 2½hours north from Cape Town along the N7 highway (an hour on a dirt road)

The climbing

Single pitch sport climbing in the Cedarberg area - mostly hard routes on vertical to overhanging rock. Short walk-ins. A nice place to go if you haven't been there yet.

Getting There

From Cape Town drice north on the N7. About 30 km after Citrusdal, take the turnoff to Algeria. Stay on the gravel road past Algeria for about an hour, until you see the runoff to the right to Krom River. Follow the road to the Krom River Campsite. Camp at Krom River and drive onto Truitjieskraal from there (ask the office for directions)

Food & Accommodation

Camp at Krom Rivier. You need to take your own food for the duration of your trip (the last town is Citrusdal). You need to obtain a permit to climb here. (Wild Card and MCSA members can get it for free) You can get the permit from the Krom River Office.


Climbing is possible all year round all, though it does get very hot in December/January/February - July/August are very cold (frost like cold) and you will probably see some snow on the higher peaks. Spring and autumn are choice times.


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Punks in the Cedarberg Area

From left to right:

  • Radical Dance Party 21
    FA: Craig "Crute" Bruton
    A classic!
  • Punks in the Cedarberg 26
    FA: Paul Schlotveldt
    A hold might have broken on this route, since it seems several grades harder than 26
  • Route the Brute 25
    FA: Craig "Crute" Bruton
    This route includes a five move traverse to the left to clip, and then five moves right to get you back to where you were. Nevertheless, it is an awesome line.
  • Skunks in the Bin 25
    FA: Paul Schlotveldt
    Climb the roof, then easy ground to the top.

  • Images below from Mike Scott

Above - Punks area Edelstein's lead

Above - Punks block F1 and E3 routes

Above - Punks wall E3 route

Hueco Punks Area

From left to right:

  • Knee Bar Wager 17 Amy Whistler
  • Hueco Punks 26 Paul Schlotfeldt
    Fun dyno!
  • Crimping Christmas 25 Paul Schlotfeldt
    Same start as Hueco Punks
  • Knees Up 18 J Schlotfeldt
  • Nick Nack 17 Patrick McCann
  • Paddy Whack 20 Patrick McCann
  • Give a Dog a Bone 18 Patrick McCann
  • Skinhead Stomp 17 Patrick McCann
  • Unknown#1 15 Mike Scott

Mad Cowboy Area

From left to right:

  • Mad Cowboys' Disease 31
    FA: Todd Skinner
  • Mad Moose Disease 25
    FA: Unknown
    This is where the deon (pronounced with a nasal ending as in garçon) move was invented. A deon is similiar to a gaston, except it involves dropping your right foot so that you can reach higher with your left hand, and has little to do with reverse laybacking. The deon was invented by Deon Hugo.

Alzheimer's area routes


Alzheimer's C route on rib

Alzheimer's E chimney near Jono's 24

Alzheimer's F1 recess

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Alzheimer's recess route

Alzheimer's rib route

All photos by Mike Scott

Back gully routes

Cave area routes

Dragon wall routes

  • Pendragon 18 (N)

Several meters left of the Dragon is a pillar. Climb up the centre of this and lend slightly left at the top. Scramble down the gulley to descend

FA: R. Halsey 18/6/2011

  • Dragonboat 20 (N)

On the buttress infront of Dragon Cleft. Climb the crack in a vague corner and up the featured face to a roof. Move left past the roof and straight to top. Scramble off back.

FA: R. Halsey 18/06/2011

  • Double Dragon 21 (N)

Start about 5m right of Dragonboat. Rail in from the right and up a steep crack system. Move slightly left and up the face, finishing at the arched crack at the top. Scramble off back

FA: J. Hajos 18/06/2011

From the left: Pendragon (18), Dragonboat (20) and Double Dragon (21)

Ken's block routes

Red Turret

  • Silly Sermon 19 (N)

R. Halsey & G. Dondel 12/09/10

5m L of Yellow River there is a large boulder. Stand on a rock on the boulder/jump to gain a jug. Heel hook and crank onto face. Straight up and easily to top

  • Brick Rover 18 (N)

R. Halsey & G. Dondel 12/09/10

Between the Red Turret and Ken’s block is an attractive overhanging arete. Climb up to platform, traverse 1m R to below two pockets. Tend diagonally left until in line with centre of arete and gun for the top. Walk off and down gulley to R of route.

Brick Rover 18

Millions gully routes

Parkinson's wall routes

Patrick's wall routes

Rattler area routes

Red Buttress area routes

Skinhead area routes

The 3 Pots routes

The Twin Columns routes

Top parking area routes

  • Auburn Strawberries 14 (N)

R. Halsey & B. Excell 11/09/2010

From the Babe Area carpark, walk past the Bushman wall on the R for a few mins to te buttress. Climb a central line through series of rails. Rap down gulley on L to avoid nasty plants on the walk off back and around

Auburn Strawberries 14

Truitjies Waypoints GPS pictures

Giveaway Wall

From left to right:

  • Flint Hard 22
  • Flint Soft 22
  • Old Codger's Ego-Boost 24 FA: Jason Temple-Forbes
  • The Passion 26 FA: Jeremy Samson
  • The Line, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 28
  • Golden Handshake 34, FA: Clinton Martinengo
  • Million Dollar Giveaway 29

Snake Charmer Area

From left to right:

  • The Snake Charmer 27, FA: Todd Skinner
  • King Cobra 24, FA: Todd Skinner
  • Pass the Ham 27, FA: Jeremy Samson
  • Get Shorty 23, FA: Jeremy Samson
  • Babe 21, FA: Jeremy Samson

Snake Charmer E3 route
Photo by Mike Scott

Hunting Grounds Area

From left to right:

  • DynoSmite 19/20, FA: Cormac Tooze 03-09-2011
  • Sceletium Skank 21, FA: Malcolm Gowans 03-09-2011

Hunting Grounds.JPG Topo; Photographer-Amrei Von Hase


The dyno on Hueco Punks
Mad Moose Disease 25
King Cobra 24

DynoSmite FA-1.JPG Cormac Tooze FA DynoSmite-1; Photographer-Amrei Von Hase

DynoSmite FA-2.JPG Cormac Tooze FA DynoSmite-2; Photographer-Amrei Von Hase

Sceletium Skank FA-1.JPG Malcolm Gowans FA Sceletium Skank-1; Photographer-Amrei Von Hase

Sceletium Skank FA-2.JPG Malcolm Gowans FA Sceletium Skank-2; Photographer-Amrei Von Hase

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