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True left wall of kloof

Access issues inherited from Mhlabatini

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Start on bushy ledge where the crux pitch of Dinkum Dihedral starts. 15m right of Shadowplay is a dihedral with a large capping roof.

  1. 28m Climb up open book up to roof. Traverse out under roof and go out under roof on the left. Climb to top.

FA: M. Haffner & C. Curson, 1985

1 16 25m
2 13 18m

Start 5m downstream from Straight Edge on the true left of the kloof just upstream of a small cave (Swhweesicles). Start at the base of a triangular slab below an obvious downstream facing dihedral with a smooth face on the right.

  1. 25m (16) Scramble up triangular slab to top of triangle (rusty piton here). Jam up crack with difficulty for about 3m until your feet are on the good rail. Step left and around the corner onto a wide ledge. Just around the corner is a wide crack, climb this to an extensive grassy ledge. Walk 5m left to a large tree on wide flattish rock ledge.

  2. 18m (13) Climb grey and orange slab directly behind tree to top.

FA: J. Anderson & P. Venter, 1965

1 19 22m
2 14 25m

Start at small deep cave opposite big tree 8m below Straight Edge Corner.

  1. 22m (19) Climb up in cave. Move left under overhang into crack and up to a recess where you can stand. Follow crack to top. At the top make a small detour to the right to avoid plants growing in the crack at the top.

  2. 25m (14) Continue directly upwards (2m right of chimney recess with two trees) on coarse grained rock to top. (12m up is a tree).

FA: M. Makowski, J. Anderson & I. McLachlan, 1966

Start 4m downstream of Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained beneath a 1m roof with a crack running through it.

  1. 25m (21) Follow crack through the roof (crux). On the right hand wall above the roof there are two rails, the higher one has a piton in it. Hand traverse on the lower rail to a good ledge on the right. Climb up arete to the top.

Find a good abseil tree to decent.

FA: S. Mallory & G. Mallory, 1983


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