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Description

Images of ACRA wall have probably sold the idea of climbing in South Africa to more climbers than any other single face in the country. Pictures of the wall have appeared in most of the famous climbing magazines in the world, as well as on book covers, posters and almanacs. The climbing is long, sustained, with awesome views in an exposed location.

Approach

Ask if you can be dropped off here by the friendly staff at Roc 'n Rope Adventures or one of the local climbers. From Roc & Rope, drive downhill towards the railway. At the T-junction turn right and go down the hill into the township (Emgwenya), turn left at the T-juntion. Just before reaching the waterworks, about 650m along, turn left down (the second) steep passable dirt road. This takes one over a low-level concrete bridge over the river, then turn right and right again after 100 metres at a fork. Continue underneath the main N4 highway. The parking place is the dead end just above the the Elands Falls. The abseil points are not more than 30 metres from this point. Do not leave any bags or valuables in the car, locked vehicles have been broken into here. It is better to be dropped off then walk back. 96 To access the A.C.R.A wall, walk towards the cliff top and find the correct abseil point. The abseil for climbs between Sorcery and You Too Brutus is about 20 m left in a small chimney at the top of the crag. This abseil takes you to some stepped ledges about 15 metres above the forest floor. Hang the draws on your route and chalk up a few holds on the way down. You can scramble along these ledges easily to get to the base of each of the climbs. Do not leave any bags at the top of the crag.

Routes

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An incredible position, beside the waterfall. This is the first line to the right when looking at the waterfall. Abseil to a bolted stance 20m down and climb back out. A 60m rope is needed to escape from the stance if you do get stuck.

FA: Gustav Janse van Rensburg, 2000

The face left of the arete.

FA: Peter Lazarus & Tessa Little, 2002

Awesome line - famous for the photo opportunity with the waterfall in the background. Starting just left of the arete, climb it. Take care, protection is sparse!

FA: Mike Cartwright, 1991

Starts just right of the arete from a great ledge. Involves a long dyno and a very fingery headwall. An awesome climb in an awesome place.

FA: Stefan Glowacz, 1995

Starts from the chains on the left of the ledge. Power moves take you steeply left and up the headwall. Was opened at 27.

FA: Grant Murray, 1991

Trad line - no bolts. From the chains at the left edge of the ledge, head slightly right into the obvious break. Keep going.

FA: Gary Lotter, 1991

The next crack right of SBM, about 4m right of the first corner. Quite runout but wonderful. Zap up to the chains. It is possible to access by rapping in from the tree on top.

FA: Gary Lotter, 1991

The corner. The 2 existing bolts are not well placed (this & the last 2 routes will hopefully be retrobolted one day soon). Top out just right of the crack.

FA: Gary Lotter, 1991

Start at chains on the ledge right of the corner. Climb up easy-ish ground heading a bit left. Then it gets harder…

FA: Grant Murray, 1991

From the chains climb up and thinly right. Go through the overlaps to the chains. RB in 2008.

FA: Grant Murray, 1992

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