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This is the main event at Blouberg, home to some great single day, big wall classics of moderate grade, as well as true, scary big wall aid and free routes. The character of the wall changes significantly between the various areas. The usual access from the cave is down the ramp (originally called THE DIAGONAL and given a grade of B, 1960 MCSA Journal), which cuts diagonally across the eastern part of the wall, starting from the little grassy plateau just above the top pools.
There are a few different ways to reach the North Wall:
From the Cave: Contour round to the top pools (i.e. to the north). From the pools, head west along a good path across the little grassy plateau. The ramp extends down to the west from a small neck, from which the north wall can be seen in all its glory. There is a good path down the ramp. From the bottom of the ramp try and stick fairly close to the wall on your left.
From the summit of Blouberg: It is possible to scramble down on the western side of the wall. There is a gulley that puts one near the base of MALEBOCH. This descent is particularly useful if climbing more than one route in a day. No 41 detailed description is yet available for this descent, so expect a bit of route finding. Steep scrambling and/or abseiling might be required.
Also from the summit: Rap down the convenient rap route. The start of the rap route is tricky to find if you don‟t know where to look. It is advisable to climb BUSHPIG first (which follows the rap route) to figure out where the chains start.
From below: On the Frans‟ Kraal walk-in head counter clockwise around the East and North Donjons, along the big lower plateau. Bundu bash up to the base of the ramp and head right along the base of the wall.
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