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Grips | Baviaanskloof

Grips | Baviaanskloof

Fine quartzite slab up to 120m high. Lots of potential for new routes. There are 5 sport routes, but at this stage Grips is more of a traditional venue.

First route recorded at Grips was Reunion in 1972. Since then there has been on-off spurts of climbing, with the occasional new route. In previous years the river had white sand banks. The story goes that Mike Roberts & company had a large boom box on the beach with Rock-Me-Amadeus (remember that?) blaring, during the bolting of the 2nd pitch of Wasteland. At least some of the time the boom box was powered by the generator that was hauled onto the ledge above the carrot face to bolt the second pitch

Recently Smooth Chalker the classic Mike Roberts 26 was fully rebolted. This still has not been repeated.

Grips is at the start of the Baviaanskloof Wilderness area on the Patensie side. 



Grips is on private farmland. The owner owns Bruintjieskraal, campsites & chalets. So basically the owner is happy to have climbers at Grips & welcomes sport climbing development, obviously at climbers own risk entirely. This access is only when using Bruintjieskraal camping or accommodation. See www.bruintjieskraal.co.za for more info. The camping is great & Bruintjieskraal is the obvious choice when visiting Grips.