Three pillars holds some of the best "easier" routes in Karbonaatjieskraal.

Access issues inherited from Karbonaaitjies Kraal

The climbing is located on Karoo 1's property. Recently access has been re-negotiated with the Karoo 1 hotel. To climb one has to stay at the Karoo 1 hotel although further negotiations are in process.

Ethic inherited from Karbonaaitjies Kraal

Avoid bolting.


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In the recess between the Loft & the Pillars – climb the stellar corner. Best accessed by rapping in from above

FA: A.Cant & A.Wood, Sep 2022

Starting point shared with Pete’s Eats at centre of the left pillar. After initial chimney, traverse diagonally left to the centre of the pillar. Fire Straight up to a ledge 2/3 up the face. Climb right up a shallow groove to reach a crack line & follow until the face blanks out. Step 2m left to another crack line, follow to the top.

FA: S.Larsen & G.Horn, Sep 2022

FA: Tolly, B.Cheetham & M.Scott, 1997

Climbs the central pillar. Steep start up an undercut crack. Straight up to a ledge capped by a big overhang which is by-passed on the right via the chimney. Step back left and climb face up into the groove leading to the top. (while it is probably possible to climb the outside face to the top – the entire top block is not actually attached to the face – so we avoided it)

FA: S.Larsen & G.Horn, Sep 2022

This route could be done in 3 short pitches if starting from the ground. Climbs the right hand pillar; finishing up a brown ramp at the top.

FA: G.Horn & S.Larsen, Sep 2022

FA: R.Behne & M.Scott, 1997


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Date: 2015

ISBN: 9780987040343

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