Rock Master Publications:
Sublime Climbs - A Guide to the best rock climbing venues in Victoria, Australia.By Kevin Lindorff, Josef Goding & Jarrod Hodgson. Over 700 climbs, 158 phototopos, 36 maps, and 380 pages covering the best of Mt Arapiles, Mt Buffalo and the Grampians $45.00
Access to one of climbing's preeminent bouldering destinations--Rocklands, South Africa--is now threatened. In fact, the area known as the Tea Garden, which is privately owned by a local farmer and houses the classic boulder problem Black Shadow (V12) among others, has been officially closed for climbing. Delaney Carpenter, Chairperson of the Rock Climbing Committee of the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA), reports that the closure is the result of graffiti found on the Black Shadow boulder, multiple "unofficial" trails leading to the area and the decimation of the landowner's nearby fence. Though Carpenter says that the MCSA "feels that the graffiti was not the work of climbers," the damaged fence and trails are suspected to be caused by the bouldering community. Despite the closure, the landowner has recently discovered toilet paper in the area, as well as fresh chalk on the Black Shadow boulder. "This has only served to anger her substantially and she has closed all her lands to boulderers," writes Carpenter. "The MCSA is doing all that they can to try to mend the relationship between the bouldering community and the landowner, but this may prove futile if climbers continue to ignore the ban and boulder there anyway."