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1. Table Mountain 120 routes in Crag

Summary:
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Trad and Unknown

Long/Lat: 18.402602, -33.977169

Unique Features And Strengths:

Outstanding trad climbing on bullet hard Table Mountain sandstone.

Description:

Strictly trad climbing venue, no bolting is permitted. Mostly multi-pitch climbs. The routes tend to wander a bit, so twin ropes are recommended.

Access Issues:

If the cable car is your choice to reach the climbs I suggest pre-booking the cable car tickets online so you do not have to queue up for a ticket.

Approach:

Either a 1-2 hour hike to the crags, or a Cable Car to the top and an absail or short hike down.

Where To Stay:

Cape Town has a huge range of accommodation to fit every budget. Area that are close to the crag include the City Bowl and the Atlantic Seaboard.

Ethic:

Strictly trad area, bolting is illegal.

1.1. Fountain Ledge 21 routes in Area

Summary:
All Trad

Long/Lat: 18.402470, -33.957614

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Black Patch F2 Trad 50m
2 ** Fountain Corner 15 Trad 70m
3 ** Fountain Edge 17 Trad 70m
4 *** Last laugh 18 Trad 70m
5 *** Don't squeeze, I'll laugh 20 Trad 70m
6 *** Finale 17 Trad 70m
7 *** Elevator 17 Trad 80m 3
8 Cool Cat Trad
9 Boltergeist

FA: M Scott + H Graafland, A McKirdy, G Young

G2 Trad 98m
10 *** Escalator 17 Trad 70m
11 ** Staircase E3 Trad 100m
12 ** Roulette

FA: A Barley, R Barley, D Hartley, M Scott

21 Trad 120m
13 ** Captain Hook

FA: P Andersen and J Knight

F2 MIXED:M2 Trad 120m
14 ** Myrrh 16 Trad 90m 2
15 Fountain Crack

FA: G F Travers-Jackson

E2 Trad
16 *** Jacob's Ladder

Starts level with pitch 1 of "Staircase" in a scruffy recess above a cave.

  1. 12m (12): Ascend the recess

  2. Walk left along the ledge to the right to the right of "Fountain Crack"

  3. 19m (12): Climb up the face on good, hard white rock.

  4. 19m (15): Climb an overhanging crack with an awkward take-off. At the top, traverse left onto a bushy ledge.

  5. 28m (16): Climb up on the corner and traverse across the face to the right past the top of pitch 4, and then up and to the right to a point above the corner of the large overhang, where there is a small resting place. From here climb straight up to a very small stance. The awkward move is near the top.

  6. 9m (14): Starting slightly to the left of the top of the last pitch, a delicate movement up left leads to a grassy recess which is followed to the top.

FA: C.C Butler, H. Davis, J.E. Henry, M.P. Mamacos and G.W. Rose

16 Trad 90m
17 *** Cobblestone Crag E2 Trad 80m
18 ** The Dream

FA: D Davies, D Kelfkins, G Lacey

G3 Trad 70m
19 *** Magnetic Wall

FA: D Hartley, T Hughes, J Levy, M Scott

G1 Trad 94m
20 *** Cableway Crag 16 Trad 110m
21 Touch and Go 20 Trad 4

1.2. Africa Ledge 24 routes in Area

Summary:
All Trad
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 *** Arrow Final 10 Trad 100m
2 * Gauntlet 14 Trad 100m
3 Hacksaw 17 Trad 100m
4 * Moonraker 16 Trad 100m
5 Rumunating Crag 19 Trad 120m
6 *** Atlantic Crag 18 Trad 100m
7 *** Africa Corner 14 Trad 100m
8 ** Africa Eyrie 13 Trad 120m
9 *** Africa Cracks 14 Trad 120m
10 * Can Can 18 Trad 100m
11 Dynamite Trad
12 Africa Wall 14 Trad 150m
13 * Africa Scandal 20 Trad 100m
14 ** Oddshouter'd Outing G2 Trad 120m
15 *** Africa Crag F2 Trad 130m
16 ** Africa Gullet

FA: J. Goedknegt and K.D. Fletcher, 1961

F2 Trad 120m 9
17 Africa Eyelash Trad
18 *** Bustup 18 Trad 120m
19 * Africa Nose F3 Trad 120m
20 Africa Face / Upper Sections

Although it wanders about and is scruffy in places this route is still very popular and is one of the classic climbs on Table Mountain. Although most parties commence at the level of Africa Ledge, which drops the standard of the route to "E3", the climb starts at the top of Africa Ravine. A left variation was opened in 1947 but these pitches are now used by Africa Sideburn.

These top sections commence near the extreme left-hand end of Africa Ledge. The pitch is up a face about 10m to the left of the recess used by Africa Nose which is on the left-hand side of the large overhangs.

  1. 12m "E1": Climb the face to the ledge above to the left of a rock-pillar.

  2. Traverse left and scramble through two short rock-bands to a ledge which ends under an overhang.

  3. 12m "E2": Climb up to the overhang, traverse right and then continue up to the ledge above. As this pitch is rather bushy it is now usual to do a variation to the right. Climb up a short recess of red rock to below an overhand. Swing left and up to step onto a sloping ledge and continue to a good stance.

  4. Walk approximately 2 rope lengths to the left and to the base of a very large chimney.

  5. 25m "E3": Bridge up the initial metre or two and then either move into the chimney and continue up the crack on the left-hand wall OR continue bridging up the very edge of the chimney and then traverse into the chimney on the left-hand wall to the stance.

  6. 25m "D": Climb up the back of the chimney, over a chockstone, and move out left towards a good rock platform. Note (i) It is interesting to watch the facial expressions of a second when he discovers the chockstone is loose. (ii) The Nose Variation starts from this level. If the face is very wet it is probably wise to do this variation.

  7. 40m "E1": From the stance move around left on the ledge level with the platform on the face. The exposure now becomes interesting. Continue traversing for about 6m and then move up, using a bollard, and over a smooth sloping section to the top of a second bollard. Continue up for a short distance and then traverse diagonally right towards the chimney. Continue straight up on large holds for final 10m, on left hand edge of the chimney, to a stance under the overhangs. It is possible to break this pitch in two at a small one-man stance below the final vertical section.

  8. 40/50m "D": Traverse left until the end of the overhang, then move up and continue along to the extreme left hand end of the ledge.

  9. 15m "E2: Move up and out left from below the small overhang and continue up the crack to a ledge. Walk left to the base of an easy crack.

  10. 18m "D": Follow the crack to the summit.

Set by W.T. Cobern, Mr & Mrs Humphries and A.P. Stanford, 1914

F2 Trad 200m 10
21 Africa Ampetheater {UIAA} SA:20 Trad 200m
22 ** Right Face 8 Trad 400m
23 Rock Meet Special 14 Trad 6
24 RockMeet Special 14 Trad 6

1.3. Postern Buttress 6 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Fraser's Frontal 13 Unknown 100m
2 Champs Elysees 17 Unknown 100m
3 Cameron's Frontal 19 Unknown 100m
4 Natal fever 22 Unknown 100m
5 Plumbline face 19 Unknown 100m
6 Postern D 8 Unknown 100m

1.4. Kasteel's Buttress 2 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Consternation Corbel 16 Unknown 50m
2 Bandstand 17 Unknown 20m

1.5. Valken Buttress 6 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Valcon Edge 14 Unknown 150m
2 Valcon Corner 14 Unknown 150m
3 Thunder and Litchen 20 Unknown 60m
4 Valcon D 8 Unknown 150m
5 * Valcon Surprise 15 Unknown 180m
6 Valcon Frontal 17 Unknown 160m

1.6. Barrier Buttress 5 routes in Area

Summary:
Unknown and Trad
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 *** Fingertip Face 18 Unknown 100m
2 ** Barrier Edge 14 Unknown 90m
3 * Barrier Sandwitch 17 Unknown 90m
4 *** Barrier Frontal 12 Trad 100m
5 ** Barrier Pinacle 14 Unknown 90m

1.7. Ledges / Spring Area 3 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Spring Overhang 10 Unknown 60m
2 * Equinox 8 Unknown 60m
3 Wandkappel Crag 10 Unknown 60m

1.8. Venster Buttress 14 routes in Area

Summary:
Unknown and Trad
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 India Summersault 15 Unknown 45m
2 *** Bombay Duck 17 Trad 50m
3 India Rubber 10 Trad 60m
4 ** India Giver 15 Trad 60m
5 Vibram Rubber 16 Unknown 60m
6 Cretin 19 Unknown 60m
7 The Venster Route 8 Unknown 120m
8 ** Picnic Time for Teddy Bears

FA: M. Mcleod, N. Reay, D. Steyn, P. Sherlock

17 Trad 50m
9 India Daze

FA: M. Scott, D. Tromp

13 Unknown 30m
10 Indian Tonic

FA: A. McKirdy, H. Vaughan, R. Soul

14 Unknown 40m
11 Wind Me Up

FA: J. Wamsteker, J. Orton

21 Unknown 50m
12 Bombay Chicken

FA: B. de Bryun, D McLachlan

19 Unknown
13 Quacks

FA: D. McCrindle, R. De Decker

20 Unknown
14 ** Finger Locking Good

FA: A.Brown,D.Tromp,A.Wilkinson

19 Unknown 75m

1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress 18 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Sparkplug 11 Unknown 90m
2 ** Fraser's Variation

FA: J.W Fraser

11 Unknown 95m
3 ** Fader's Frontal 17 Trad 90m
4 * Arrow Frontal 9 Unknown 90m
5 ** Bowstring 18 Unknown 80m
6 * Custer's Last Stand 15 Unknown 70m
7 Foxglove 12 Unknown 70m
8 ** Bullshoot 17 Unknown 81m
9 Dashboard Unknown
10 *** Bull's Eye

FA: D.Tromp,K.Tromp,T.Dick,C.Lomax

19 Unknown 74m
11 William Tell 16 Unknown 70m
12 Crossbow 13 Unknown 70m
13 Robin Hood 16 Unknown 70m
14 Friar Tuck 16 Unknown 70m
15 Maid Marion 17 Unknown 80m
16 Manovers by Moonlight 21 Unknown 120m
17 Moonage Daydream 23 Unknown 70m
18 *** Foxglove Variation 17 Unknown 75m

1.10. Slangooli 2 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 ** Frontal 16 Unknown 450m
2 Cobra Route 21 Unknown 200m

1.11. Grootkop 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Grootkop Gable 14 Unknown 250m

1.12. Corridor Buttress 3 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Cha Cha Wall 17 Unknown 200m
2 Vertigo 16 Unknown 250m
3 Corridor Crest 16 Unknown 250m

1.13. Woody Buttress 2 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Raining Ascent 17 Unknown 6m
2 Waterfall Cracks 29 Unknown

1.14. Orange Face (Permit needed) 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 *** Nature Cons

Permit needed to enter RESTRICTED AREA. Nature Conservasions bright ideas

FA: Jeffrey Denning, 2004

18 Unknown 220m

1.15. India Venster 4 routes in Area

Summary:
Trad and Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Wires 19 Unknown 50m
2 Step Over 2 Africa 21 Unknown 130m
3 Indian Rubber 13 Trad 60m
4 Frasiers Variation 16 Trad 90m

1.16. Left face 0 routes in Area

1.17. Nursery Buttress 0 routes in Area

1.18. Eagles Nest 0 routes in Area

1.19. Ledges 0 routes in Area

1.20. Blind Gully 0 routes in Area

1.21. Blinkwater 0 routes in Area

1.22. Hout Bay Corner 0 routes in Area

1.23. Lions Head 8 routes in Area

Summary:
All Trad

Long/Lat: 18.387702, -33.935738

1.23.1. Lion's Head Sandstone 8 routes in Area

Summary:
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Naught for Your Comfort Trad
2 Clifton Crest Trad
3 Aquanaut Trad
4 Dreadnaught Trad
5 Wild Things Run Free Trad
6 Simba Serendipity Trad
7 Juggernaut Trad
8 Lame Lion Trad

1.23.2. Lions Head Granite 0 routes in Area

Description:

The huge granite boulders above Fresnaye/Bantry Bay and facing the sea and Robben Island.

Approach:

Park in Top road in Fresnaye and walk up the tree line. Alternatively park near the kramat on the signal hill road and walk walk towards the Atlantic Ocean then turn left so you're walking towards Lion's Head but heading a little seawards. You will be on a good path. When you walk past the wood and concrete bench, look to the right for a small path which traverses across (aim for the Bluegum trees) to reach the Granite.

Ethic:

Mix of trad and sport. N.B. The sport routes were opened a long time ago and bolting of new routes is strictly forbidden and illegal.

1.24. Constantia Corner 0 routes in Area

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style Area
8 ** Right Face Trad 400m 1.2. Africa Ledge
Postern D Unknown 100m 1.3. Postern Buttress
Valcon D Unknown 150m 1.5. Valken Buttress
* Equinox Unknown 60m 1.7. Ledges / Spring Area
The Venster Route Unknown 120m 1.8. Venster Buttress
9 * Arrow Frontal Unknown 90m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
10 *** Arrow Final Trad 100m 1.2. Africa Ledge
Spring Overhang Unknown 60m 1.7. Ledges / Spring Area
Wandkappel Crag Unknown 60m 1.7. Ledges / Spring Area
India Rubber Trad 60m 1.8. Venster Buttress
E2 *** Cobblestone Crag Trad 80m 1.1. Fountain Ledge
Fountain Crack Trad 1.1. Fountain Ledge
11 ** Fraser's Variation Unknown 95m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
Sparkplug Unknown 90m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
E3 ** Staircase Trad 100m 1.1. Fountain Ledge
12 *** Barrier Frontal Trad 100m 1.6. Barrier Buttress
Foxglove Unknown 70m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
13 ** Africa Eyrie Trad 120m 1.2. Africa Ledge
Fraser's Frontal Unknown 100m 1.3. Postern Buttress
India Daze Unknown 30m 1.8. Venster Buttress
Crossbow Unknown 70m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
Indian Rubber Trad 60m 1.15. India Venster
F2 M2 ** Captain Hook Trad 120m 1.1. Fountain Ledge
F2 Black Patch Trad 50m 1.1. Fountain Ledge
*** Africa Crag Trad 130m 1.2. Africa Ledge
Africa Face Trad 200m 10 1.2. Africa Ledge
** Africa Gullet Trad 120m 9 1.2. Africa Ledge
14 *** Africa Corner Trad 100m 1.2. Africa Ledge
*** Africa Cracks Trad 120m 1.2. Africa Ledge
Africa Wall Trad 150m 1.2. Africa Ledge
* Gauntlet Trad 100m 1.2. Africa Ledge
Rock Meet Special Trad 6 1.2. Africa Ledge
RockMeet Special Trad 6 1.2. Africa Ledge
Valcon Corner Unknown 150m 1.5. Valken Buttress
Valcon Edge Unknown 150m 1.5. Valken Buttress
** Barrier Edge Unknown 90m 1.6. Barrier Buttress
** Barrier Pinacle Unknown 90m 1.6. Barrier Buttress
Indian Tonic Unknown 40m 1.8. Venster Buttress
Grootkop Gable Unknown 250m 1.11. Grootkop
15 ** Fountain Corner Trad 70m 1.1. Fountain Ledge
* Valcon Surprise Unknown 180m 1.5. Valken Buttress
** India Giver Trad 60m 1.8. Venster Buttress
India Summersault Unknown 45m 1.8. Venster Buttress
* Custer's Last Stand Unknown 70m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
F3 * Africa Nose Trad 120m 1.2. Africa Ledge
16 *** Cableway Crag Trad 110m 1.1. Fountain Ledge
*** Jacob's Ladder Trad 90m 1.1. Fountain Ledge
** Myrrh Trad 90m 2 1.1. Fountain Ledge
* Moonraker Trad 100m 1.2. Africa Ledge
Consternation Corbel Unknown 50m 1.4. Kasteel's Buttress
Vibram Rubber Unknown 60m 1.8. Venster Buttress
Friar Tuck Unknown 70m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
Robin Hood Unknown 70m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
William Tell Unknown 70m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
** Frontal Unknown 450m 1.10. Slangooli
Corridor Crest Unknown 250m 1.12. Corridor Buttress
Vertigo Unknown 250m 1.12. Corridor Buttress
Frasiers Variation Trad 90m 1.15. India Venster
17 *** Elevator Trad 80m 3 1.1. Fountain Ledge
*** Escalator Trad 70m 1.1. Fountain Ledge
*** Finale Trad 70m 1.1. Fountain Ledge
** Fountain Edge Trad 70m 1.1. Fountain Ledge
Hacksaw Trad 100m 1.2. Africa Ledge
Champs Elysees Unknown 100m 1.3. Postern Buttress
Bandstand Unknown 20m 1.4. Kasteel's Buttress
Valcon Frontal Unknown 160m 1.5. Valken Buttress
* Barrier Sandwitch Unknown 90m 1.6. Barrier Buttress
*** Bombay Duck Trad 50m 1.8. Venster Buttress
** Picnic Time for Teddy Bears Trad 50m 1.8. Venster Buttress
** Bullshoot Unknown 81m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
** Fader's Frontal Trad 90m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
*** Foxglove Variation Unknown 75m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
Maid Marion Unknown 80m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
Cha Cha Wall Unknown 200m 1.12. Corridor Buttress
Raining Ascent Unknown 6m 1.13. Woody Buttress
G1 *** Magnetic Wall Trad 94m 1.1. Fountain Ledge
18 *** Last laugh Trad 70m 1.1. Fountain Ledge
*** Atlantic Crag Trad 100m 1.2. Africa Ledge
*** Bustup Trad 120m 1.2. Africa Ledge
* Can Can Trad 100m 1.2. Africa Ledge
*** Fingertip Face Unknown 100m 1.6. Barrier Buttress
** Bowstring Unknown 80m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
*** Nature Cons Unknown 220m 1.14. Orange Face (Permit needed)
G2 Boltergeist Trad 98m 1.1. Fountain Ledge
** Oddshouter'd Outing Trad 120m 1.2. Africa Ledge
19 Rumunating Crag Trad 120m 1.2. Africa Ledge
Cameron's Frontal Unknown 100m 1.3. Postern Buttress
Plumbline face Unknown 100m 1.3. Postern Buttress
Bombay Chicken Unknown 1.8. Venster Buttress
Cretin Unknown 60m 1.8. Venster Buttress
** Finger Locking Good Unknown 75m 1.8. Venster Buttress
*** Bull's Eye Unknown 74m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
Wires Unknown 50m 1.15. India Venster
20 *** Don't squeeze, I'll laugh Trad 70m 1.1. Fountain Ledge
Touch and Go Trad 4 1.1. Fountain Ledge
Africa Ampetheater Trad 200m 1.2. Africa Ledge
* Africa Scandal Trad 100m 1.2. Africa Ledge
Thunder and Litchen Unknown 60m 1.5. Valken Buttress
Quacks Unknown 1.8. Venster Buttress
G3 ** The Dream Trad 70m 1.1. Fountain Ledge
21 ** Roulette Trad 120m 1.1. Fountain Ledge
Wind Me Up Unknown 50m 1.8. Venster Buttress
Manovers by Moonlight Unknown 120m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
Cobra Route Unknown 200m 1.10. Slangooli
Step Over 2 Africa Unknown 130m 1.15. India Venster
22 Natal fever Unknown 100m 1.3. Postern Buttress
23 Moonage Daydream Unknown 70m 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
29 Waterfall Cracks Unknown 1.13. Woody Buttress
? Cool Cat Trad 1.1. Fountain Ledge
Africa Eyelash Trad 1.2. Africa Ledge
Dynamite Trad 1.2. Africa Ledge
Dashboard Unknown 1.9. Lower Arrow Buttress
Aquanaut Trad 1.23.1. Lion's Head Sandstone
Clifton Crest Trad 1.23.1. Lion's Head Sandstone
Dreadnaught Trad 1.23.1. Lion's Head Sandstone
Juggernaut Trad 1.23.1. Lion's Head Sandstone
Lame Lion Trad 1.23.1. Lion's Head Sandstone
Naught for Your Comfort Trad 1.23.1. Lion's Head Sandstone
Simba Serendipity Trad 1.23.1. Lion's Head Sandstone
Wild Things Run Free Trad 1.23.1. Lion's Head Sandstone