Caperoutes – a project from another decade

The Caperoutes concept was born as my second attempt in rock climbing route guides. It almost came to fruition 9 years ago. Life intervened and this project got shelved into the dusty archives of my external hard drive. I wanted to produce something new, unique and beautiful to look at. Caperoute’s aim was to provide accurate route information to facilitate your adventure. The mountains have not moved in the interim.

What inspired Caperoutes?

I love Dave Cheesemond’s Classic 50 Routes. This was and in many ways still can be a “to do” list of routes. My initial thoughts was to modernise this and make Caperoutes into the ultimate bucket list.

Why am I publishing this now?

I have put a ton of work into producing these mini guides. The Caperoutes guide as a whole is not complete but in its parts as mini guides to individual areas they make sense. Each mini guide hopefully gives the best routes in that area across various grades. This info has been sitting in a folder on my computer for too long. There is much fun adventure out there to be had. Hopefully these topos can help you find some of that for yourself.

Are they accurate?

As accurate as any guide out there. Yes there are mistakes as I discovered with The Ledge. There always will be and that makes for good stories around the gas stove.

Will they be published in a book?

Not by me (unless I get paid a whole bunch of money to make this worthwhile 😉 )

Why am I doing this now since I have not climbed in close to a decade?

I am not wanting to tread on anybody’s toes. There are fantastic route guides out there in print. Please support them. However there is also a huge gap. This project hopefully can complement what is out there.

So I trust the info is still relevant. Use it, share it, don’t use it. Whatever.

A picture is worth a thousand words:

Topos are the way forward! They are much easier to understand for locals and international visitors. The combination of photographs and sketched topos offer you the perfect amount of info without taking away from the experience.

I had big visions for this project but became overwhelmed by the enormity of it all. Several people inspired me along the way. Stefan, Tristan, Justin, Riki, the forgotten German. Thanks for supporting me when you did.

All material is original and I would really appreciate if you respect my copyright on it.

Here is the list of mini guides for you to download. Enjoy and leave a comment if you want.

Caperoute Symbols

Caperoute Tafelberg

Caperoutes Castle Rocks

Caperoutes Jonkershoek

Caperoutes Apostles

Caperoutes Krakadouw

Caperoutes Maltese Cross

Caperoutes Wolfberg

Caperoutes Yellowood Amphitheater


Two Cederberg Day Walks

Algeria – Waterfall – Middleburg hut – Voor Warmhoek: 20km – 1000m ascent

Algeria Waterfall Middleberg Hut trail

Starting at campsite 23 in Algeria. the dirt road can be seen in the foreground. The ampitheatre behind the + is unclimbed and shows potential!…

We got our day permit at the Algeria office (which opens at 7h30). This is free with a Wildcard. The walk up to the Waterfall is given as taking 3h round trip but we comfortably walked up to the impressive waterfall and deep gorge in an hour. The walk was in the shade which made for really pleasant conditions on the switchback ascent. After a brief stop at the waterfall we continued up to the vlakte where the hut is. This is very basic and we did not stay long, walked to the oak tree cluster and crossed the river and then followed the path up to the five way viewpoint as per Peter Slingsby’s map. This is the highest point and the end of the climbing. You can see across to Machine Gun Ridge and down the valley which you are about to descend. The descent is pretty long and the path is loser than the rocky ascent. Clearly it sees much less traffic. We continued to contour around until above Jamaka. I ran back along the traverse to collect the car while M headed down to our chalet. A fantastic outing. Quite amazing that this has virtually the same distance and elevation gain as the Two Ocean’s trail run. It would be pretty cool to attempt to run this in close to 2h!

Jamaka – Rooiberg circular route: 4km, 400m ascent

I love the organic farm Jamaka situated at the bottom of the valley as you crest the Niewoudt Pass from the N7 – 5km NW of Algeria.

We have spent many a weekend either camping or staying in one of the chalets. They are great. Jannie and Katrin have made some nice walking paths on their property. The Rooiberg trail is circular and starts from campsite 17. The River Walk which traverses the valley in either direction from here can be accessed from here.

Jamaka farmhouse in foreground with road to Algeria. top left corner is the Niewoudt Pass

Jamaka farmhouse in foreground with road to Algeria. top left corner is the Niewoudt Pass

Follow the 4X4 track up the steep slope until you see white painted arrows indicating the way. It is pretty steep uphill until you reach a nek. Rooiberg is to your left and the larger Wolfberg (not to be confused with the Wolfberg Cracks above Sandrift) is to your right. Turn left and past the Vodacom mast to gain some more height to the summit. Over the top and views towards the N7 before snaking your way through some rocky section to descend steeply to the Pass and then a straight line back down to the start. As a run sub 30 minutes to the summit is what you want to aim for and then a quick descent down should give you a sub 60 minute outing. If you are less fit or want to walk then 3h is about right.

If you want to do the longer and less trodden Wolfberg Trail then just turn right at the first nek. The path winds through some rock formations and cracks before descending and traversing back to the campsite.

Well done to Jannie and Katrin for their hard work in establishing the walks one their farm.