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The Hell Guide

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Table of contents

1. The Hell 41 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Trad climbing

Long/Lat: 29.270450, -25.522131

Description

This is a trad climbing area at the confluence of the Hellspruit and Olifants River upstream of Loskop Dam offering about 41 multi-pitch climbs, usually 4 to 5 pitches long. It is in a beautiful wild setting with an abundance of animals including fish eagle, buffalo, eland, giraffe, ostrich, crocodile, hippo and leopard. The area gets very hot, making it a perfect winter venue.

Access Issues

Access, including permits, must be arranged with the Mpumalanga Parks Board Tel: 013 262 4190.

For more information on routes, access and permits please see the following websites:

Approach

Two to two and a half hours, including about 20 km of dirt roads, which can be very sandy and rutted so it’s advisable to travel in a car with 4 wheel drive.

The length and difficulty of the walk-in depends on where you climb, if on the cliffs below the camping then a short 5 minute walk. However, if on the spectacular North and West faces of the Hell Gorge – separated by the Hellspruit – then the walk in is a much steeper hour or more, including wading the Olifants River.

Where To Stay

Camping is on the cliffs above the Olifants River, which offer many shady spots. While there are long drop toilets, they are seldom used and never cleaned, so using the bush is a cleaner option – don’t forget a spade to dig a hole though. There’s a good camp-fire area.

1.1. The North Face 27 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Trad climbing
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Portal 11 Trad 190m
2 Raze the Dead 22 Trad 160m
3 Allmachtiger 20 Trad 140m
4 Scopus 11 Trad 140m
5 Red 19 Trad 160m
6 Viginiti 16 Trad 130m
7 Helter-Skelter 19 Trad 110m
8 Mad Dogs 18 A0 Aid 110m
9 Xiepxeopxixorop 11 Trad 150m
10 Catch Two 19 Trad 110m
11 Dee 7 Trad 120m
12 Alternative Finish to Dee 15 Trad 150m
13 Damnation! Off Route Again! 18 Trad 160m
14 Looking for Clues 18 Trad 170m
15 Scene of the Crime 19 Trad 180m
16 Satanic Traverses 19 Trad 130m
17 Stretching for Heaven 19 Trad 220m
18 Glasnost 19 Trad 200m
19 Intersection 16 Trad 190m
20 Intervention 18 Trad 150m
21 International 16 Trad 210m
22 Winter Water 18 Trad 190m
23 Orange Aid 19 Trad 220m
24 Roll Over 16 Trad 190m
25 Mehitabel 18 Trad 180m
26 Brazier 11 Trad 210m
27 Whab 18 Trad 170m

1.2. The West Face 10 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Trad climbing
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 High Heaven 18 Trad 160m
2 Svivane 18 Trad 190m
3 Pink Panther 19 Trad 180m
4 Interdict 13 Trad 250m
5 Seven-Year-Itch 16 Trad 160m
6 Breaking Out of Hell 21 A0 Aid 160m
7 To Hell With Skin 19 Trad 150m
8 Dads Day Off 14 Trad 150m
9 Coolth 18 Trad 160m
10 Interlude 13 Trad

1.3. Helspruit Kloof 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Trad climbing
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Satanic Verses 19 Trad 220m

1.4. Barbel Pool Crag 3 routes in Area

Summary:
All Trad climbing
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Grammy! We Want to Go Fishing 14 Trad 26m
2 Grammy! We Insist 13 Trad 26m
3 A New Dawn 18 Trad 28m

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style Area
7 Dee Trad 120m 1.1. The North Face
11 Brazier Trad 210m 1.1. The North Face
Portal Trad 190m 1.1. The North Face
Scopus Trad 140m 1.1. The North Face
Xiepxeopxixorop Trad 150m 1.1. The North Face
13 Interdict Trad 250m 1.2. The West Face
Interlude Trad 1.2. The West Face
Grammy! We Insist Trad 26m 1.4. Barbel Pool Crag
14 Dads Day Off Trad 150m 1.2. The West Face
Grammy! We Want to Go Fishing Trad 26m 1.4. Barbel Pool Crag
15 Alternative Finish to Dee Trad 150m 1.1. The North Face
16 International Trad 210m 1.1. The North Face
Intersection Trad 190m 1.1. The North Face
Roll Over Trad 190m 1.1. The North Face
Viginiti Trad 130m 1.1. The North Face
Seven-Year-Itch Trad 160m 1.2. The West Face
18 Damnation! Off Route Again! Trad 160m 1.1. The North Face
Intervention Trad 150m 1.1. The North Face
Looking for Clues Trad 170m 1.1. The North Face
Mehitabel Trad 180m 1.1. The North Face
Whab Trad 170m 1.1. The North Face
Winter Water Trad 190m 1.1. The North Face
Coolth Trad 160m 1.2. The West Face
High Heaven Trad 160m 1.2. The West Face
Svivane Trad 190m 1.2. The West Face
A New Dawn Trad 28m 1.4. Barbel Pool Crag
18 A0 Mad Dogs Aid 110m 1.1. The North Face
19 Catch Two Trad 110m 1.1. The North Face
Glasnost Trad 200m 1.1. The North Face
Helter-Skelter Trad 110m 1.1. The North Face
Orange Aid Trad 220m 1.1. The North Face
Red Trad 160m 1.1. The North Face
Satanic Traverses Trad 130m 1.1. The North Face
Scene of the Crime Trad 180m 1.1. The North Face
Stretching for Heaven Trad 220m 1.1. The North Face
Pink Panther Trad 180m 1.2. The West Face
To Hell With Skin Trad 150m 1.2. The West Face
Satanic Verses Trad 220m 1.3. Helspruit Kloof
20 Allmachtiger Trad 140m 1.1. The North Face
21 A0 Breaking Out of Hell Aid 160m 1.2. The West Face
22 Raze the Dead Trad 160m 1.1. The North Face