Paarl

A quaint town which plays host to the countries most prominent granite climbing venue.

Paarl

A quaint town which plays host to the countries most prominent granite climbing venue.

Paarl is the largest town in the Cape Winelands area. It's known for its scenic environment, viticulture and granite domes known as Paarl Rocks

The climbing at Paarl is quite diverse in that one can find boulder, sport and trad climbing within 30m of each other. The climbing is mostly varying degrees of slab to gently overhanging, with the anomaly of The Scream boulder. You may find it difficult to persuade local Cape Townians to visit this venue as they are generally all roof climbers who are afraid of slabs. Paarl can provide a real adventurous day out with numerous multi-pitch climbs. Some of the climbing on low angled terrain can be considered 'heady' as the bolts were placed somewhat generously. So be sure to know what style of climbing you're embarking on and bring the right shoes. Paarl has been known to send a strong sport climber home, spanked, with their tail between their legs.

There is a daily entrance fee.

Summer times 7am-7pm; Winter 7am-6pm

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Home to the classic multi-pitch and some harder single pitch sport routes.
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A day of long pitches on lower angle slabs awaits at this crag.
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Boulder
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The Scream Boulder

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Boulder
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One of the most unique climbable features in the country.
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A wall that spends almost all of its time in the shade and is sorely neglected.
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Boulder
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Bring your smearing shoes for some low angle slab climbing!
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Alpine
Area's or routes located in mountainous regions and requiring multiple mountain skills (navigation ; extreme weather ; self sufficiency ; remote )
Ice
Area or Route requires Ice Climbing and associated Winter skills
Sport
Area or Route is fully equipped as a sport climb. Separate distinction for # of PITCHES
Sport & Trad
Area or Route is a mixture of SPORT & Trad climbing styles
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Area or Route requires Traditional equipment and experties
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Indicates the typical # of pitches of the area or route
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Indicates that typically a Standard Traditional Rack will suffice. Typically in ZA that is a 8-10 Cams + 10-15 wires/nuts.
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Indicates the minimum length rope needed to typically climb safely.
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Typically climbed using half ropes
Corner
Climbs or mostly climbs a corner system. This often requires stemming as a technique.
Crack Climb
Follows a crack-system predominantly and may require good jamming technique.
Overhang
Indicates the overall style. Face climbing is steeper than slab usually on small holds and edges, often feeling delicate / insecure.
Overhang
Overhanging, usually involving roofs.
Powerful
Powerful style is often in conjunction with another style but feeling more powerful than is common for the style.
Slab
Usually not quite vertical and requiring smearing and friction techniques.
Steep
Consistently steeper than Vertical but not overhanging / roof-y
Technical
Additional to general styles, requiring careful sequence and thoughtful climbing.
Vert
General vertical climbing with no other defining style.