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Rock Climbing in Kleinmond with Jeanne Gouws, 8 December 2013

posted 8 Dec 2013, 23:00 by Hagen Liebberger

It was with a small degree of apprehension that six of us left the Waterstone parking on the way to the Kleinmond crags. The wind was howling through the Strand and Gordon’s Bay “vlaktes”… and continued to blow around the corner on the coastal road. We met up with the rest of the group (total tally: 11 climbers) at the parking area on the other side of the road bridge over the tea colour stained Palmiet River waters. It was with relief that we headed up the steep, but short trail to the crags, as the wind was not quite as strong on the Kleinmond side of the coastline.

Arriving at the top, we divided up into three groups, with the bulk of us staying at the easier climbs (routes Fifth Element and Spits and Swallows usually serve as warm up routes). There were a few inexperienced climbers in the group, so the two mentioned routes took turns in hosting a toprope.

After this, and as is often the case with a club rock climbing meet at this crag, we ended the day of climbing at the Zuchini wall, where the grade 17 and 20 that share anchors were quickly set up and most of us got a chance to climb the last one or two routes of the day. Once down at the parking lot again, everyone was quite tired, and hot, but decided to head back to home comforts instead of the usual swim in the river. All in all, a great day on the hill!