The Overberg is a region of immense beauty and characterized by amazing and diverse landscapes. It forms part of the Western Cape as it stretches from the Hottentos-Holland Mountains in the north while in the southern, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean break on to sandy beaches and rocky headlands. The spot enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and cool wet winters.
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Rock Climbing in Colchuck Balanced Rock: The Tempest Route, Wenatchee, Washington USA
Colchuck Balanced Rock is located above the Colchuck Lake, at the Eastern end of the Stuart Range. In order to approach the Tempest Route, follow the Aasgard Pass until you get at 400 ft/120 m above the lake and hike through the dense bushes towards the gully.
The top elevation of the rock is at 8200 ft/2499 m, suitable for climbing from June to September. The skill level required for this climb is grade IV, class 5,11, perfect for traditional rock climbing. The granite rock offers a nice and difficult crack climb on a steep wall with ten pitches. The Tempest route starts lower from the West Face Route.
It is a great alpine rock climb, but it is loose in some sections. Once you reach the top, you can admire the amazing views of the Alpine Lakes and the surrounding summits. To descent, use the trees as anchors and rappel the route. Colchuck Balanced Rock is an amazing and rewarding experience for rock climbers. You will need a double rack, cams, nuts and a 60 m/196 ft rope with you.