Rocklands Day 11, 12

Rocklands Day 11, 12

Posted on 05. Aug, 2009 by in News

The 11th day we went to Roadside, I explored in the morning, this time hiking about 30 min from the boulders, which put me at an hour from the car. I then bushwacked up a steep drainage, accessed the top of the ridge, followed the ridge back to Roadside, and bushwacked my way down another steep gulley.

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There is exposed rock everywhere. Unfortunately, it was about 3 hours of hiking and I didn’t see a single problem worth going back for.

IMG_6821The South African Veld

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The thought crept in that the potential in Rocklands I had heard so much about was not there. This was the third day of hiking and I hadn’t seen anything yet. The Cederberg is a gigantic range. I imagine other parts of the range are rife with good bouldering, however the area around Pakhuis maybe mostly tapped.

Anyways, I was tired and should have rested. Back at Roadside I tried Nutsa briefly and again fell off the last move. I knew all of this climbing was catching up and it was time to take time off and rebuild some skin and energy.
I decided to take two days off, which was a tough decision but one that ended up being a good one. One of the most important aspects of climbing well on a road trip is time management. When the weather is good its hard to say no, but I knew if I wanted to gain some momentum, time off was imperative. My first rest day was spent at the Sassies.

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I read my book, took pictures and spotted. It was just three of us, and a nice break to pull away from the group. Steph crushed Petit Hueco, a great V8 with a slopey top-out.

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Wildflowers at the Sassies

IMG_6860Stephanie on Petit Hueco V8

it was a perfectly relaxing rest day. The others had gone to a new sector and I was psyched to hear the report.

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