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.
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).