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Description

The Embankment is basically the top wall of the valley. The Cartoon wall is on the left, probably just short of 100m long, with a vertical section between 15m high at the left, to about 8m on the right. The entire wall also has a sloping top above the vertical section. The Mini Jesus Wall is the almost blank right half of this wall capped by a prow and having the Cracked Egg Boulder at its right extremity.

Access issues inherited from Leliehoek

The climbs lie in the Little Rock resort (formerly known as Leliehoek) which is picturesquely set in a small wooded valley 3 minutes drive from the Ladybrand town centre. The park has the usual camping and chalet facilities as well as a small bar and a sizeable and most welcome outdoor swimming pool. Ladybrand is well catered for with many shops, banks, garages and places to eat. There are plenty of other things to do in the area. The town boasts an 18 hole golf course, hiking and biking trails as well as being the gateway to the Lesotho Highlands. To book, contact the Little Rock reception at: 051–924 0260.

Approach

The easiest path to the Embankment takes a path behind a fallen tree behind the thatched hut to the left of the braai area. This will bring you up to the middle of the Cartoon Wall, more or less by the route Pre-Op. Alternatively, follow the trail from the Big Foot Boulder to the Tough as nails boulder. From there, go south past the Cracked Egg boulder to the Little Jesus wall.

History

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All the routes except for Amazing Grace were sponsored and bolted by the CUT mountain club in Bloemfontein.

Routes

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1
16 Pre-op Sport
2
16 Beavis Sport
3
17 Butt-Head Sport
4
21 Peter Griffin Sport

A beautiful line with a very tricky start (the crux), that then trends diagonally left up the face, eventually sharing top anchors with Beavis and Butt-Head. A second crux is encountered just before joining those lines.

6
16 ** Samurai Jack Sport 4

FA: P Du Toit, 2010

7
17 Zap Mamma Sport
8
16 * Elmer Fudd Sport 5
9
16 Amazing Grace Sport 5m

First route here. Right hand side as you look at the wall.

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