Quanda Rock

This dolerite 'plug' is located in the Taylor's Halt area, 40 km west of Pietermaritzburg. To get there, take the N3 north from Pietermaritzburg and then turn off at the Merrivale exit on the R617 and head towards Bulwer and Underberg. Just before Boston village turn left to Elandskop, Edendale and Pietermaritzburg. Follow this road for approximately 20 km to Taylor's Halt. Carry on for a further 1,8 km and turn right onto a dirt road. Alternatively, you can reach the same point by taking the Edendale and Henley Dam road out of PMBurg - this is shorter and quicker if you know where to go.

Either way, Qanda rock is easily seen from the main road. After the turn-off, the dirt road forks after a few hundred metres. Go right and keep on past two other roads to the right until you are directly below the rock. There are two established routes on the west face.

Cosmos (13)


Opening party: Gavin Raubenheimer and Gerald Camp (1986)

The west face forms a large flat oval shape with some overhangs on the left. Just to the right of these, and in the centre of the crag, is an open book. Climb this and step left at the top onto the sloping face. The climbing is on good rock but protection is sparse.

No Name Route (16)

Opening party: Cesar de Carvalho, Jeremy Farquharson and Kevin Duffy (Early 1980's)

Climb the crack system that leads up to some blocks on the far right-hand side of the west face.

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