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Lakeside Pinnacle

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Description

A popular beginner and rehab crag, with some very nice, shortish routes, especially Slab ’n Tickle and Undercling. It has now become a very popular crag.

Approach

Park and walk up the path from Boyes Drive (-34.090420, 18.455963)

Where to stay

The Toad on the Road pub is a great place to end a day’s climbing. If a big sporting event is being screened, the pub can become quite vibey and probably not the best place to enjoy your beer if you’re not supporting SA.

History

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After a short period of abuse (about 10 years ago), when some low-life thought it was fun to go and trash most of the anchors and first bolts of the routes, the crag was refurbished to its original state (thanks to the efforts of Charles Howell and Dave Hart). More routes were put up then, and also more recently by Tony Lourens.

Routes

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Left most seen from walking up

FA: Tony Lourens, 1997

FA: B Higgens, 1997

FA: Tony Lourens, 1997

FA: Tony Lourens, 1997

FA: W Koen, 1997

FA: Charles Howell, 2006

Left of the pinnacle, obvious crack curving to the left. One can see this amazing crack from the road.

FA: T. Lourens, 2014

Fantastic and varied climbing.

Behind the left side of the pinnacle there is a obvious crack. Just climb it to the top. Abseil from the anchor bolts of Undercling route to your left. Try not to use the pinnacle. Very nice route.

Slab with one small roof. Don't detour to left of roof, climb straight up and over.

FA: Charles Howell, 2006

FA: Charles Howell, 2006

2 small roofs to overcome.

FA: Charles Howell, 2006

FA: T. Lourens, 2014

Right of the access path

FA: Charles Howell, 2006

FA: Charles Howell, 2006

FA: Charles Howell, 2006

Fairly large (plate sized, 3cm) rock at the start of Cacophonix (the 18 going up the outside corner) is loose and sounds very hollow. Quite low to the ground but could cause a nasty scare for climber and belayer if it came off unexpectedly. Is marked but will rub off soon.

FA: Brent Russell, 17 Dec 2013

There is a short, aesthetic, NW facing wall perched above the sport routes, easily visible from the road. Scramble up on the left to reach the base.

FA: Richard Halsey, 8 Apr 2011

FA: L. Cloete & G. Schoonraad, 2004

FA: L Cloete & G. Schoonraad, 2004

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