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The Johannesburg Section of the Mountain Club of South Africa actively fosters and facilitates mountaineering. This incorporates climbing, trekking, mountain walking and related activities, and promoting fellowship between people with these interests who are committed to the conservation of mountain areas.

Gold Rush, Grasskop

Name of venue

Gold Rush, Grasskop, Mpumalanga

Information courtesy of Neil Margetts

Brief summary of venue

Gold Rush is a pristine bouldering area on a private farm along the Treur River near Grasskop, Mpumalanga.  It offers novices and experts a range of bouldering problems in a beautiful setting suitable for everyone, including young children.  As access is controlled, it is important to notify the landowners about intended private visits – see contact details below.

Permit/ permission info

At least 1 MCSA member per party.

Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg

About 4 hours.  Gold Rush is about 22 km outside of Grasskop.

Parking information

Parking is alongside the dirt road on Gold Rush property, within walking distance of the boulders.

Info on walk in

All boulder areas are within an easy 20 minutes walk from the car.

Accommodation

Camping on the property is unfortunately no longer permitted, but about 25km further down the road is the Blyde River Campsite.

There are also Chalets available in Graskop.

Availability of water for drinking

Water from the Treur River is suitable for drinking.

Climbing route guide

A full route guide is available in PDF format: http://www.climb.co.za/wiki/index.php/GoldRush_Bouldering

Climbing information

There are over 200 boulder problems spread over 14 different areas.  Bouldering grades range from the very easy (3) to very hard (7C).  Most of the problems are within the easy to moderate range, making Gold Rush an ideal introductory destination for beginners.  Be sure to pace yourself though, as the featured rock tends to be rough on delicate hands.

Lunch spots

The banks of the Treur River offer many ideal sites for picnic lunches.

Child friendly

Gold Rush is a child friendly venue as all bouldering areas are within easy walking distance of cars.

Swimming

The Treur River has some fantastic wade pools.

Camp fires

Fires are strictly forbidden.

Other attractions

Gold Rush offers visitors a range of activities in addition to bouldering, including hiking, bird-watching, swimming, and picnics providing that no fires are lit and no littering (including cigarette butts) occurs.

In addition, major tourist attractions such as Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window are within a short drive’s distance.

Dangers

Fires are strictly forbidden.  Due to the proximity of the river, toddlers need to be under strict parental supervision.

Contacts

In order to visit Gold Rush, a permit MUST first be obtained from the land owner York Timbers, contact Reitte Hallatt during office hours on 013 764 9200. If you do not have success, please contact either Neil Margetts (083 669 3028) or Gustav Janse van Rensburg (082 753 3695).

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