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Spitzkoppe and Pontoks

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Pontoks, The 
West Pontoks and Campsite 13/14 Slab 

Spitzkoppe and Pontoks  Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 1,050'
Location: -21.83621, 15.17803 View Map  Incorrect?
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Camping at the base of Spitzkoppe (2013).

Description 

Within reservation. Multitude of trad and sport climbs on a national heritage site. Hard granite peak - the Matterhorn of Namibia

Getting There 

On the B2 Road to Swakopmund, 24km to the west of Usakos, take the road North toward Uis . After 1km turn West toward Hentiesbaai. After 28km turn North for another 12km. The entrance to the reserve is on the left, as the damara school is on your right.

Climbing Season

For the Africa area.

Weather station 25.1 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',3],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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By James Garrett
Dec 23, 2014
This place has been way too under reported. Think City of Rocks but on a way larger "big wall" scale. Two tiny sentences to describe this place and very recently at that, is nothing more than an insult to phenomenal climbing and better potential. Camping is exceptional with great facilities nestled in the rocks. The most recent guidebook seems to be nowhere to be found, and I cling to a 90s copy I can't remember anymore where was obtained.

The drive from Windhoek is comparable to Moab from Salt Lake City, but it reminds one of Utah's West Desert granite more than canyon country. Check this place out...you won't regret it.
By Kevin Frederick
Oct 10, 2016
Is it too hot to climb here in December/January?

Also, a travel agent told me guides are mandatory -- true?