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Strubens Valley Rock Climbing

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In Roodepoort

-26.1285, 27.8942

15 minutes walk in.

+27 83 669 3028

Moderate, Grade 5-27, Suitable for children


Although Strubens is a small crag, its location, close to Johannesburg’s northern and western suburbs, and large number of easy routes means it is very popular, especially with beginners and children. There are about 40 bolted climbs, all short (between six and 10 metres), with many boulder-type problems. 

The Lower Section has most of the bolted routes, while the Upper Section, directly above the “normal” lower crag, was generally climbed on trad. But the first climbers have given permission for many of these lines to be retro-bolted, so expect more sports routes there in the future.

Classics include “Heavy Duty” (24) and “Roadside Warrior” (20). The hardest routes include “Tidal Wave” (29) on the top-left part of the crag and the excellent “Red Zone Project” (28).

The climbs, on bomber-hard quartzite, are very safely bolted (and generally the grades are a bit soft) so this is a great introduction to climbing, and it is one of the best kids’ crags in the country, with climbs that even toddlers can do.

There is a basic description of the routes on


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