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Beckoning Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Crazy Leg Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Jungle Bar, Boulder R 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Trackside Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Warm-up Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1

Description

This is one of the newest sections of Rocklands, and to date it is one of the largest. According to the Scott Noy guide, this area was discovered for the climbing community by Todd Daniels, Nate Peach, Lisa Rands, and Wills Young in 2007 after the group had been forced to wait out an 8-day-long rainstorm, hence the name. Also according to Noy, many of the names of the first problems to be put up in the area were inspired by The Raw Shark Texts which the climbers had been reading at the time.

8 Day Rain straddles the property line between de Pakhuys and Traveller's Rest and offers a multitude of different climbing styles, albeit over a rather spread out area. Such climbing variety includes slab, technical face at varying degrees of steepness, and powerful roof, sloper, and compression climbing.

Getting There

Continue east on the R364 out of Clanwilliam. Once you've passed the turn-off for the de Pakhuys farm, continue driving for about 4 more kilometers. Once you reach that 4 km mark the road will begin making a noticeable 90 curve to the driver's right. Just as you begin entering into the curve look on your left for a sandy track passing through a break in a fence.

Deploy some off-road driving skills and continue to follow this sand and dirt track as it skirts its way all along the outer right edge of a farmer's rooibos field. Just as you are about to reach the far side of the field from where you first entered onto the track from the highway, you'll likely see the dirt road open up and evidence of past parking will be apparent.

Dismount from the vehicle, pack up your stuff and follow the well trodden climbers paths and occasional cairn to some excellent climbing!

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