Climbs 65
Rocktype Granite
Altitude 1552m a.s.l
Faces all

rumours of rain © joolskilly

Crag features

Sometimes referred to as 'The Matterhorn of Africa', The Spitzkoppe (sharp head) is one of Namibia's most well-known landmarks. It is a massive plutonic granite inselberg rising high above the Namib Desert. It is one of only three inselbergs in Southern Africa and features both trad and sport climbing. The Spitzkoppe is to the west of the neighbouring Pondok Spitz.

There are single and multi-pitch routes, characterised by friction slabs and cracks on generally excellent quality granite in a very spectacular setting. Approaches range from virtually roadside to several hours. Both trad and bolted climbs exist. Some of the bolted routes have closely spaced bolts typical of sport climbs elsewhere and these tend to be the single pitch routes. Many of the multipitch bolted routes however are sportingly bolted, with long runouts and high first bolts making for some spicy climbing.

The latest definitive guidebook may be available to purchase (relatively locally) in Swakopmund, (a surreal place which is well worth visiting in its own right). Grades are South African.

Needless to say perhaps, but climbing is only feasible here during the winter months as otherwise it gets, er, a bit 'warm'.

The whole area is run by a women's co-operative who maintain basic campsites amongst the rocks. There is no water availability and it must be carried in. Neither is there the means to buy provisions locally.

Extremely useful information here: http://chossclimbers.com/testing/namibia/spitzkoppe/

See also: http://www.climbing.co.za/wiki/Spitzkoppe_%26_Pontoks

Approach notes

Located about 20km north of the B2 Trans-Kalahari Highway between Okahandja and Swakopmund, 60km west of the small town of Usakos, which is the nearest settlement (fuel station and basic provisions only). Access from the B2 is possible by normal (non 4x4) vehicle although the unsurfaced roads are rough so progress may be slow in places. Turn off the B2 onto the D1930 (initially for Uis Mine). You can't really get lost - just head for the massive lump of rock on the horizon!

Occasional patches of windblown sand may prove troublesome when driving between the various climbing areas in anything other than a 4x4.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Spitzkoppe (Main Summit)
2 Normal Route 17 ** 6
3 NNW Face Route
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18 a1 **  
4 West Face (Schreiber's Route)
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19 *  
5 East Face
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19 a1 **  
6 North East Frontal Route
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18 **  
7 Fool's Gold for Iron Pirates
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20 *  
  Spitzkoppe (SW Wall)
9 South West Ridge Gully
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6  
10 Herero Arch
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27 a1 ***  
11 INXS 24 ***  
12 SW Wall Route
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24 *** 1
13 Royale Flush
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21 ***  
14 Tourmaline
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20 a2 **  
  Sugar Loaf
16 NE Face
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17 *  
17 Crystal Faith
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18 *  
18 The Great White Dyke
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16  
19 Aeons Of Time
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22 **  
20 Clouds of Hope
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21 ***  
21 Winds Of Despair
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17 **  
22 Rivers Of Sand
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19 **  
23 Desert Rose 13 *  
24 Unnamed Route
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17 **  
25 Rumours Of Rain
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21 ** 1
26 Metamorphose
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25 ***  
27 Desert Storm
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21 ***  
  Bushmans Rock
29 Pot
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10 4
30 Poison
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23 **  
31 Arrow
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20 ** 1
32 Bow
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17 ** 2
  Dinosaur Rock
34 La De Tots
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19 ** 1
35 Bonsai
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15 * 1
36 Rex
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28 ***  
37 Desert Sports
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27 *** 1
38 Jurrasic Park
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29 ***  
39 Fan The Flame
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23 *** 2
  Elephant Rock
41 Jumbo
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15 * 2
42 Tusker
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17 * 1
43 Mastadon
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18 * 2
44 Mammut
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18 ** 3
45 Loxodonta
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20 ** 2
46 Ivory
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21 ** 1
47 Trunk
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17 * 1
  Rhino Rock
49 Cerather
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17 ** 2
50 Bicornis
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18 ** 2
  Lion Rock
52 Trad Route 15 *  
53 Natural Route 15 **  
54 Leo
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20 *** 1
55 Fangs
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22 ***  
56 Claws
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19 *** 2
57 Panthera
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21 **  
58 Mane
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21 ** 2
59 Cub
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15 ** 2
60 Unnamed Route 2
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18 **  
61 Sable Tooth
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21 ***  
  The Bull Ring Sector
63 De Boca Terosa
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21 * 1
  Klipdachswand
65 Commiphra
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17 **  
66 Moringa
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19 ***  
67 Dichotoma
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20 ***  
68 Opaal
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27 **  
69 Open Ocean Project  
  Rhino Horn, Spitzkoppe Tooth & Spitzkoppe Spire
71 Goldfinger
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22 **  
72 Sprungschanze
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23 **  
73 Giftzwerz
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24 **  
  Adder Rock
75 Desert Candle
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16 *  
  Barney's Garage
77 Barney's Garage
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23 *  
78 Watersports 20 *** 3

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