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The Rack Up, Wrap Up Report – Black Diamond Tradathon 2019 (Rooiberg)

As per our now 7 year TRADition, the 8th annual Black Diamond Tradathon brought together climbers from all over South Africa (and some from further abroad) to the incredible Rooiberg crag in the beautiful Cederberg. Trad veterans and green (but keen) sport climbers alike came together to enjoy a high-energy and joy-filled day on the mountain.


Experienced trad climbers got the opportunity to tackle some challenging routes (and, perhaps unintentionally, lead some new ones), while less experienced climbers got to learn the ropes from community experts. With only a few epics we rounded off the day having a filled-to-the-brim-with-vibe party and a scrumptious dinner (and a couple post-climb cold-ones)!

There was tons of stoke from everyone involved and we were super psyched to explore Rooiberg with all of you who came along! It was great to chat with and climb along-side old friends and it was genuinely awesome to see so many young people so excited about getting into trad climbing! We hope to see all of them in the mountains soon!



About the venue:

Nuwerust Rest Camp is situated in the Breëkrans river valley, surrounded by the majestic southern Cederberg Mountains. Just a 30min walk from the campsite will get you to the base of the Rooiberg crag.

About the catering:

Delicious Moroccan chicken potjie / veggie stir-fry and a decadent chocolate mousse ended the day perfectly


Raffle winners:

Duncan Carter: 6x Black Diamond Camalot X4 (0.1 – 0.75)

Hannes Breytenbach: 2x Beal Legend 8.3mm x 60m Half Ropes

Stephany Van Munster: Black Diamond Creek 35L Pack


Special thanks to:

Photographers Dan Manners and Jean Paul De Villiers

MCSA – Mountain Rescue Crew

Media Sponsors SA Mountain and ClimbZA

Last but not least: a MASSIVE thank you to Black Diamond, Beal and Boreal who make all of this possible! You make trad RAD!!!

We look forward to seeing all of you next year for our 9th annual Black Diamond Tradathon – venue to be announced soon…. So watch this space!