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As the name suggests, this sector of Rocklands is the highest in elevation. Home to a wide variety of areas, including the ever-popular Roadside, many consider The Pass to be Rocklands proper. When you visit this area for the first time -- setting off down the sand-paved path, the jaw-dropping quantity of rock before you can be a truly humbling experience. And, given that it covers such a large expanse with so many different areas of high quality climbing available, many will find themselves spending a great deal of time at this location.

Getting There 

The Pass exists on Cape Nature property and is one of the few locations to have a conveniently placed parking lot at the trail-head. Regardless of which direction you are driving from on the R364, The Pass's parking area is easy to spot, just don't forget to look for it.

As you climb the R364 out of Clanwilliam or de Pakhuys, Travelers Rest, etc. be on the lookout for the point at which your ascent ends. At this point the road will begin to curve considerably and a towering buttress of rock will be visible to one side (which side will depend on where you're coming from, left from Clanwilliam, right from Travelers Rest and de Pakhuys).

For a visual interpretation of these instructions consult the Google Earth map on the lower left of this page.

Climbing Season

For the South Africa area.

Weather station 43.5 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Pass

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Pass:
Creaking Heights   V4 6B     Boulder, 25'   Roadside
The Rhino   V8+ 7B+     Boulder, 18'   Rhino Boulders
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Featured Route For The Pass
Rock Climbing Photo: The Rhino

The Rhino V8+ 7B+  Africa : South Africa : ... : Rhino Boulders
This is it. Arguably one of the most aesthetically interesting boulders (if you can even call it that) in all of Rocklands, and perhaps even the world. The Rhino, with its mixture of dark grey-black and occasionally visible orange rock, will capture the imagination of all who visit. And visit it you must, even if you have no intention of climbing. It really is that interesting to behold; a true marvel of time and geological processes. In a fashion reminiscent of climbing the kitchen co...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: The sandy path that traverses the Pass. The Cederb...
The sandy path that traverses the Pass. The Cederb...
Rock Climbing Photo: Craig Faulhaber hiking out after a long day at The...
Craig Faulhaber hiking out after a long day at The...
Rock Climbing Photo: There is more rock around than one knows what to d...
There is more rock around than one knows what to d...

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