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Physical distancing and restrictions on leisure and social activities to prevent a resurgence of the virus.

Alert level 2 will be in place from 31 May 2021. Alert level 2 was in place from 18 August to 20 September 2020. Adjustments to the regulations will be updated as soon as possible after it is published.

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Summary

NORTH: Outstanding trad climbing on bullet hard Table Mountain sandstone. EAST: Some trad climbing and a few boulders hidden in the forest WEST: One of the most popular sectors of the mountain. Hosting some mega-classics and testpieces.

Description

Strictly a trad climbing venue, no bolting is permitted. Mostly multi-pitch climbs. Traditional climbing here has developed using ½ ropes, and therefore all the abseil stations have been set for a 50-60m drop. Thus it is recommended to climb with ½ ropes. If you plan to climb with a single rope, you will either have to fix a line or walk down.

It is common to catch the cablecar up and abseil down to the start of your chosen route (The Ledge/Africa Ledge areas). Otherwise it is a 1hr hike via the India Venster trail, which involves some easy scrambling. The routes on the lower buttresses are also accessible via the first part of this trail, taking approximately 20-30mins to reach from the lower cable station.

Access to Nursery Buttress is via Kirstenbosch Gardens. The Boulders in Newlands Forest are tricky to find unless you have a local guide.

Some lesser known routes on the edge of Orange Kloof.

Access issues

There is an entrance fee to Kirstenbosch.

A permit is required to access Orange Kloof.

Approach

If climbing at Fountain or Africa Ledge, and the cable car is your choice to reach the climbs, pre-book cablecar tickets online so you do not have to queue up for a ticket.

Kirstenbosch's Rycroft Gate is the closest point of access for Nursery Buttress. Follow the signs for Nursery Ravine. Approximately a 1hr approach. The Classroom in Newlands Forest is about a 15-20min hike from the Firebase. Deadwood Boulder is a 3min walk from where you park your car.

25-35min hike to the Lower Buttresses.

Hike or via cablecar for Fountain Ledge.

Where to stay

Cape Town has a huge range of accommodation to fit every budget. Area that are close to the crag include the City Bowl and the Atlantic Seaboard.

Ethic

Strictly trad area, bolting is illegal.

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Trad climbing and bouldering found on this side of the mountain

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A few lesser traveled routes are found here. This area incorporates most of Orange Kloof and therefore a permit is required to enter this area.

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Hosts some of Table Mountain's best rock and routes. From easy mega-classics to modern hard man testpieces.

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