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Summary

Bullet hard sandstone offering some of the best climbs on Table Mountain.

Description

Single to multipitch trad climbs

Access issues inherited from Table Mountain

There is an entrance fee to Kirstenbosch.

A permit is required to access Orange Kloof.

Approach

Via cablecar or hike

Ethic

No bolting!

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Routes

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Grade Route
1 12 14m
2 12 8m
3 12 11m
4 14 18m
  1. [12] 14m

  2. [12] 8m

  3. [12] 11m

  4. [14] 18m

  5. [11]

FA: J. Davies & C. Marks, 1947

The first pitch described hereunder starts about three metres to the right of the crack pitch of Quiver Crag.

  1. [F A2] 27m Climb a slight crack in a white face using four pegs. Continue up free to an overhang above. Move to the right and up to a stance.

  2. [F A2] 20m A chimney-like crack on the left is climbed to an overhang. Follow a crack to the left and upwards around the block then reach for the top of the block.

  3. [E] 10m Walk clockwise around a big block and ascend a chimney to a stance on the right.

  4. [19] 37m Climb up two metres and traverse to the right to a corner. Continue to the right for about two metres. The pitch goes virtually straight up from this point. A resting point will be found eight metres above, slightly on the left, followed by a crack to another resting point a further 10 metres above. Climb the face above using layback holds to a ledge. Ascend from the right of this ledge.

FA: M Scott, D Hartley, T Hughes & J Levy, 1971

FFA: Hilton Davies & G. Paterson-Jones, 28 Sep 2014

1 22
2 18
3 22
4 19
  1. [22]

  2. [18]

  3. [22]

  4. [19]

FA: G. Paterson-Jones & Hilton Davies, 12 Oct 2014

FA: J. Möhle, 2011

1 21 18m
2 19 30m
3 23 30m
  1. [21] 18m

  2. [19] 30m

  3. [23] 30m

FA: T. Versveld, L. Rust & D. Versveld, 1999

1 17 17m
2 16 20m
3 20 10m
4 16 30m
  1. [17] 17m

  2. [16] 20m

  3. [20] 10m

  4. [16] 30m

FA: B. Fletcher, P. Williams & P. White, 1961

1 17 35m
2 19 40m
  1. [17] 35m

  2. [19] 40m

FA: Unknown

1 20 30m
2 19 18m
  1. [20] 30m

  2. [19] 18m

FA: G. Robbins & D. Bottomley, 1985

1 24 20m
2 23 25m
3 24 20m

A sustained route with a bit of spice. The second pitch is great with a wild finish!

Start by the tree at the right end of the little ledge as for the direct start to 'Touch and Go'.

  1. [23/24] 20m Start up the crack system until the large projecting disc-shaped flake ~5m up. Traverse right ~3m to a good flat jug below a large undercling feature. Pull through the steep bulge here, and up the face above to a vague rail (tricky, but essential gear). Continue up and right (sparse pro) on edges to better holds. Carry on up to a narrow ledge. Walk ~3m right and up to a stance on a neat ledge, directly below the thin crack line (of Farewell to Arms) higher up on the wall above.

  2. [22/23] 25m Scramble up to the face, which is climbed directly (one good small wire) to the base of the thin Farewell to Arms crack. Follow the crack, but where Farewell to Arms traverses right under the roof, pull through to the wide, jagged crack above. Follow this to the higher roof and traverse ~1m left. Blast straight through the last roof where there is an intermittent finger rail (below and right of Touch and Go). Crank through to the face above, step right and then up to the right side of the Touch and Go stance.

  3. [24?] 20m Head up and right to the break on the right side of the first narrow roof above the stance (shared with Farewell to Arms). Pull through and climb up. At the next narrow roof to the left take a step down and left to gain the rail under the roof. Traverse left ~4m to where the rail widens, and there is a large rock wedged flush with the back of the rail. At this point, the rock above the roof is mottled grey, and a bit left of the smoother, yellow/brown rock on the right. Pull through the roof here to a thin rail with key slots for micro cams. Make a hard move up and left to establish on the face which is followed up and slightly left (sparse pro) to reach good holds. Continue straight up the blocky bulges above to the wide ledge.

Note: Other than the sections shared with Farewell to Arms, some sections of these pitches may well have been done before, but all the crux sections are new to the best of our knowledge. The result is a bit of a hybrid route that offers a fairly demanding line up the wall. Consensus grading is needed. Pitch 3 may be harder for shorter folks.

FA: Richard Halsey & M. Penso, Apr 2018

1 23 20m
2 23 20m
3 21 25m
4 25 25m

Acronym: Tired And Totally Wanked Out Climbers

  1. [23] 20m

  2. [23] 20m

  3. [21] 25m

  4. [25] 25m

FA: Charles Edelstein, T. Dick, T. Versveld, B. Daniel, A. Roff, D. Vallet, R. Breyer & W. Le Roux, 2008

1 23 20m
2 23 20m
3 21 25m
4 26 20m

Acronym: Tired And Totally Wanked Out Climbers

  1. [23] 20m

  2. [23] 20m

  3. [21] 25m

  4. [26] 20m

FA: J. Mohle, 2009

1 23 15m
2 21 25m
3 21 25m
  1. [23] 15m

  2. [21] 25m

  3. [21] 25m

FA: L. Rust & T. Versveld, 2001

1 18 15m
2 26 15m
3 23 30m
4 17 15m

A direct line, with some steep and exposed sections. The crux requires wide stemming, faith in rubber, finger tendons and a modicum of commitment. The long 23 pitch is excellent and could form a link-up with the overhanging crack on Arms Race for a straight, consistent voyage up the wall.

Start as for Arms Race.

  1. [18] 15m At the right end of the ledge, head up the bulging base of the crack, but then move right for ~2m and easily up to a short, wide crack (just right of the usual approach pitch for Arms Race). Stance below and right of a smooth, bottomless corner (which just below and left of the Arms Race overhanging crack.

  2. [26+?] 15m Looks improbable and is pretty desperate. Climb up into the short, undercut corner capped by a roof. A very thin rail (which takes narrow micro cams and small offset wires) heads out left under the roof. Traverse left under the roof (crux) until able to pull onto the face. Continue straight up on layaways edges (there is one slot for a bomber small wire) followed by lovely, but slightly run out, face climbing to the ledge. Move up and slightly right to stance at the small platform at the base of the Farewell to Arms recess. Consensus grading needed - might be a grade or two harder. Would be an impressive onsight.

  3. [23] 30m Start up the recess and after a few meters move onto the right wall at good series of finger rails. About 1m before the rails head around onto the nose (as for Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, is a steep layback crack. Follow this via some powerful moves and then slightly left up the steep, exposed prow to a wide break. Continue up and slightly right to the narrow roof at a point below the seam above (this seam eventually joins the top section of Touch and Go final pitch). Pull through the roof (good gear at the lip) and take the seam up to a cubby hole at the base of the knobbly groove.

  4. [17] 15m Step left onto the face and climb in the centre of it until a finger about halfway up (where the holds above become very smooth and rounded). Traverse slightly left until left hand can use the side of the narrow chimney to the left. Head up, step back right onto the face and up to a small ledge. Then straight to the top between some boulders to stance under the left end of the overhang above.

Note: For the crux pitch you only need micro/small cams and small wires. You will not need anything bigger than a red alien/#4 Wallnut even for the stance.

FA: Richard Halsey & S. Cunnane, Apr 2018

1 23 25m
2 21 25m
3 22 30m
  1. [23] 25m

  2. [21] 25m

  3. [22] 30m

FA: E. February, A. de Klerk & G. Lacey, 1982

1 25 20m
2 21 25m
3 22 30m
  1. [25] 20m

  2. [21] 25m

  3. [22] 30m

FA: D. Steyn & W. Le Roux, 2010

1 26 15m
2 20 35m

A short, fiery crux leads to easier climbing in an exposed position.

Start on the platform below the nose that forms Arms Race pitch 2. Approach from the Dream Ledge via the first pitch of Cableway Crag or Farewell to Arms.

  1. [25/26?] 15m Scramble up onto the large block at the base of the large wide corner, the left side of which is the opposite side of the nose that Arms Race pitch 2 uses. From standing on the block, there are a series of underclings, the highest ones take micro cams. Pull onto the face and move up and slightly left via a series of technical and tenuous moves to gain good holds ~1m below the roof. Traverse ~1.5m left to a little platform past the left end of the roof above. Follow the featured face above for ~5m then tend right to a little stance is above the starting block, and ~5m directly below the break in the roof above (followed by Arms Race pitch 3). Consensus grading is needed.

  2. [20?] 35m Climb up the large features and slightly right to the wide crack through the roof. Follow this as for Arms Race and at the first rail, traverse ~2.5m left and head up to the white face to an alcove below the knobbly, vegetated groove (stance on Lluvia Rosada). Step right and follow the face just to the right of the groove, and through a steep blocky section to finish on the wide ledge below the overhang.

FA: Richard Halsey & T. Iliev, Apr 2018

Ledge located on the Cableway Wall, adjacent to Cobblestone Gendarme

1 13 12m
2 7 11m
3 11 15m
4 16 25m
5 16 22m
  1. [13] 12m

  2. [7] 11m

  3. [11] 15m

  4. [16] 25m

  5. [16] 22m

FA: M. Mamacos & C. Butler, 1949

1 19 20m
2 21 20m
3 21 10m
4 21 25m
  1. [19] 20m

  2. [21] 20m

  3. [21] 10m

  4. [21] 25m

FA: A. Davies & D. Cheesmond, 1978

1 23 R 30m
2 22 30m
3 21 R 12m
4 21 20m

Start:

The route is in The Dream sector on Fountain Ledge, Table Mountain. Space Race is very direct and goes through one of the biggest flat roofs on the mountain. The first pitch starts between Farewell to Arms and Last Tango.

  1. [23 A3] 30m On The Dream Ledge between 'Farewell to Arms' and Last Tango is a steep white wall capped by a huge roof. Start up the wall left of centre, a few metres from the thin crack of Farewell to Arms. Head directly up to the huge rail then traverse right to get to the thin seam that intermittently heads out to the lip of the roof. Using tiny cams, RPs and knife blades climb the 10m roof and turn the lip. Freestyle a couple of metres to a good stance under overhangs. A nice free variation involves railing rightwards under the huge roof and then coming back left above the roof to the stance.

  2. [22] 30m Head up on the left and turn the overhangs. Head straight up the centre of the clean white wall between Last Tango on the left and The Cruise which heads up the leaning break on the right. Arrive at a big ledge and do a tricky mantelshelf.

  3. [21 R] 12m After a bit of easy ground, there is a blank slab above. A ripple runs up the slab leaning to the left. Climb this ripple without protection. At the rail, head left and up the overhanging pillar, the slab is quite a serious lead.

  4. [21] 20m Above is a wide roof with one obvious break some metres to the left. Don’t go there. Go slightly right and in the roof find a small pocket that allows you to lean out to the lip. Crank up onto the face and go to the arête on the right. Head straight up.

FA: Hilton Davies & G. Paterson-Jones, 18 Aug 2012

1 20 25m
2 16 17m
3 19 14m
  1. [20] 25m

  2. [16] 17m

  3. [19] 14m

FA: P. Anderson & R. Smithers, 1973

1 20 25m
2 16 17m
3 21 25m
4 19 35m
  1. [20] 25m

  2. [16] 17m

  3. [21] 25m

  4. [19] 35m

FA: Charles Edelstein & K. Smith, 1978

1 20 30m
2 21 30m
  1. [20] 25m

  2. [21] 35m

FA: D. Davies & J. Fisher, 1986

1 21 20m
2 21 40m

A nice link-up, that potentially has some new climbing.

  1. [21] Start up Last Tango but keep straight to join REM. Pull into the step, bottomless corner and up to the highest overlap and rail 1m right to a stance on a narrow ledge (Essentially the Wet Dreams pitch 2)

  2. [21] Step left from the stance and through the break (shared with REM) but then head left and up to a rail. Traverse further left and then up to the next rail. Continue a little further left climb up a vague seam arcing to the left (and below the left end of the narrow roof a few meters higher). Climb up passing the roof on its left side to join The Cruise and follow this to the top.

FA: Richard Halsey & J. Wakeling, Oct 2018

1 23 20m
2 21 20m
3 21 25m
  1. [23] 20m

  2. [21] 20m

  3. [21] 25m

FFA: L. Rust & D. Turnbull, 1998

FA: L. Rust & R. Suter, 1998

1 19 20m
2 21 40m
  1. [19] 20m

  2. [21] 40m

FA: D. Davies, D. Kelfkins & G. Lacey, 1979

1 19 12m
2 21 17m
3 21 10m
4 22 30m
5 14 20m
6 18 20m

Start: The prominent feature of the Cobblestones Gendarme is the huge overhang and chamber beneath it. The left end of the huge overhang drops a plumbline to Fountain Ledge where La Vida (and Sweet Dreams) starts up the clean arete.

  1. [19] 12m Use small vertical cracks slightly left of the arete to get established, then move onto the arete and head straight up to a ledge. Cobblestone Chamber is up on the right

  2. [21] 17m Climb the short face above to a ledge and continue up the arete-which is under-protected - to a recess. (A grey Alien or equivalent Metolius master cam is critical placed in a slot on the right). The arete start can be avoided by walking left 3m and climbing the under-clings up and right to reach the recess. Continue up to the jumbo ledge above at the base of "The Dream" and "Last Tango". Walk left 7m.

  3. [21] 10m Start as for Last Tango and do the crux. Continue up the easier ground diagonally left heading for the right-facing corner. Traverse right at the base of the corner to do a layback move into the deep recess at the end of "The Dream" first pitch. Move right by railing on the outside or dassie crawl to the stance at the start of the second pitch of "The Dream".

  4. [22] 30m Climb the second pitch of "The Dream".

  5. [14] 20m or [22X] Move Left 3m and climb the easy arete (or climb directly up the unprotected face for 5m) to scrambling ground and stance on a ledge system that takes you to the abseil chains or to the top out pitch.

  6. [18] 20m Move 15m left on the ledge system under the overhang to an obvious break in the roof. Climb this starting with a strenuous cranking to easier ground and continue to the top, or traverse 60m left to the Magnetic Wall abseil station.

FA: Charles Edelstein & R. Breyer, 2010

1 19 12m
2 21 17m
3 21 10m
4 23 30m
5 22 20m
6 18 20m

Start: The prominent feature of the Cobblestones Gendarme is the huge overhang and chamber beneath it. The left end of the huge overhang drops a plumbline to Fountain Ledge where La Vida (and Sweet Dreams) starts up the clean arete.

  1. [19] 12m Use small vertical cracks slightly left of the arete to get established, then move onto the arete and head straight up to a ledge. Cobblestone Chamber is up on the right

  2. [21] 17m Climb the short face above to a ledge and continue up the arete-which is under-protected - to a recess. (A grey Alien or equivalent Metolius master cam is critical placed in a slot on the right). The arete start can be avoided by walking left 3m and climbing the under-clings up and right to reach the recess. Continue up to the jumbo ledge above at the base of "The Dream" and "Last Tango". Walk left 7m.

  3. [21] 10m Start as for Last Tango and do the crux. Continue up the easier ground diagonally left heading for the right-facing corner. Traverse right at the base of the corner to do a layback move into the deep recess at the end of "The Dream" first pitch. Move right by railing on the outside or dassie crawl to the stance at the start of the second pitch of "The Dream".

  4. [22+] 30m Climb straight through the roof on REM and higher up pull through the overlap 2m left of the crux of the dream.

  5. [14] 20m or [22X] Move Left 3m and climb the easy arete (or climb directly up the unprotected face for 5m) to scrambling ground and stance on a ledge system that takes you to the abseil chains or to the top out pitch.

  6. [18] 20m Move 15m left on the ledge system under the overhang to an obvious break in the roof. Climb this starting with a strenuous cranking to easier ground and continue to the top, or traverse 60m left to the Magnetic Wall abseil station.

FA: Charles Edelstein & R. Breyer, 2010

1 23 30m
2 21 30m
  1. [23] 30m

  2. [21] 30m

FA: T. Dick & T. Versveld, 2004

FA: G. Athiros & M. Scott, 1964

1 17 12m
2 17 15m
3 19 12m
4 14 12m
5 19 20m
6 12 5m
  1. [17] 12m

  2. [17] 15m

  3. [19] 12m

  4. [14] 12m

  5. [19] 20m

  6. [12] 5m

FA: D. Trousseau, P. de Tolly, M. Scott & A. Wood, 1984

1 18 12m
2 21 17m
3 19 10m
4 18 8m
5 20 30m

Start: The prominent feature of the Cobblestones Gendarme is the huge overhang and chamber beneath it. The left end of the huge overhang drops a plumbline to Fountain Ledge where La Vida starts up the clean arete.

  1. [18] 12m Use small vertical cracks slightly left of the arete to get established, then move onto the arete and head straight up to a ledge. Scramble 10m to the right to a big clean ledge with two knee-high blocks on it. At this point, you are looking up at a clean white wall just below and right of the chamber.

  2. [21] 17m Step off the larger block onto the wall and make cruxy layaways to get to the horizontal crack that leads to the chamber. This is the "dassie ledge" used by Cobblestones. Head up and left on the steep headwall to reach a large ledge with a recess.

  3. [19] 10m From the back of the recess move up and left to get through the overhang using the first notch. French Connection continues left to use the second notch. Holy Mackerel heads up the large crack in the back of the recess. Once established on the face above head up directly to the next ledge to belay here. The section above leads to the top of a free-standing pillar which is avoided. Walk left around the corner and into the gap behind the pillar to belay on the big chockstone.

  4. [18] 8m Head up the clean arete on the left to a platform that is the top of the second free-standing pillar.

  5. [20] 30m Step across onto the face to gain the block on the left. Head up and left on the steep white wall. Move left below the expanding flakes to avoid them. Move up to gain the steep grey face. Head slightly right and up to the top of the wall. NOTE: The original ascent climbed the expanding flakes at grade 22. This variation is not recommended due to the fact that gear and handholds are reliant on the creaking flakes.

Scramble to the top or traverse 100m left to the Magnetic Wall abseil station.

FA: B. Daniel & Hilton Davies, 2009

1 12 12m
2 14 12m
3 14 16m
4 14 10m
5 17 12m

Start 10m left of 'Cobblestone Face'

  1. [12] 12m:
    Climb straight up through the broken-up face to a substantial ledge directly below a cave.
  2. [14] 12m:
    Move 8m right, and continue to a restricted ledge partly composed of bollards. The route follows a deep, vertical crack leading into a cavelike recess under a triangular overhang. At this point move out right 1-2m in order to continue up the fault which now breaks through the triangular overhang.
  3. [14] 16m:
    A little distance above, there is a shallow cave containing several large, jagged boulder formations. Climb the vertical fault running through this to a broad ledge. Alternatively, move to the left and then climb up for 3m before moving to the right to the same finish.
  4. [14] 10m:
    In order to reach the platform on the free-standing pinnacle, which is a feature of this part of the mountain, climb the pleasant 4m face with small Cederberg-like grips. This pitch is adjacent to 'Avalanche Crag'.
  5. [14] 10m:
    Cross the chasm between the free-standing pinnacle and the mountain, and climb the cleft on the right, i.e. the nearest one to 'Staircase' which leads to the top of the Cobblestones Gendarme.
  6. [17] 12m:
    The pitch which is strenuous for 3m, runs straight up the face immediately above. Climb up and pull through the small overhang, move left and up a shallow, vertical recess for 1-2m before moving right on flange-type grips for about 1m then continue up to the broad ledge above. 'Cobblestone Face' also finishes on this ledge.
  7. Scramble to the summit

FA: R. Baillie, H. Hill & R. Reinicke, 1964

1 10 10m
2 10 10m
3 10 14m
4 11 15m
5 10 10m
6 12 15m
Hiking Approach:
The routes start up a small corner that faces Cape Town and is next (by a few meters) to the Fountain Ledge path, a short distance before the path swings sharply left to the scramble which leads to the upper ledge.
  1. [10] 10m:
    Step off a block and climb up the knobbly corner to a ledge.
  2. [10] 10m:
    Climb the next small face and traverse (Dassie crawl) left into a chamber under a large overhang. Note, the Dassie crawl starts just after passing the 'Holy Mackerel' layback crack which is capped by a triangular roof.
  3. [10] 14m:
    Climb up onto the top of the block which is under the roof of the overhang, sling the horn so that the rope does not get stuck and dassie crawl beyond the end of the overhang. Stand up and climb the easy crack.
  4. [11] 15m:
    Move left to twin cracks. Climb the left-hand one for about 5-6m and then move our right for 3m and continue up to a ledge at the base of the "Gendarme" (pinnacle).
  5. [10] 10m:
    Climb to the top of the "Gendarme".
  6. [12] 15m:
    Step across onto the face and traverse right, around the corner. Move up to the bottom of an exposed crack which is followed to a fair ledge.
  7. Scramble to the summit.

FA: C. Campbell & W. Cobern, 1917

1 12 12m
2 13 18m
3 14 22m
4 14 9m
5 12 12m
6 13 12m
7 16 23m
  1. [12] 12m

  2. [13] 18m

  3. [14] 22m

  4. [14] 9m

  5. [12] 12m

  6. [13] 12m

  7. [16] 23m

FA: I. Allie, N. Garret & A. Gruft, 1954

FA: W. Clake, M. Cappel, J. Coulter, H. Graafland, R. Murcott, L. Israelski, G. Kaye, G. Streeter, L. Thomas & J. Williamson, 1957

1 16 25m
2 16 25m
3 16 20m

After scrambling up to the staircase ledge (grade 10 scramble), walk left all the way to the end of the ledge to a grey face. Climb up to a standing up exposed, but easy, traverse to the left and around the corner to a half tree (it used to be a big tree but someone cut it and left only the tree trunk). Start climbing from there.

  1. [16] 25m Climb straight up the flaky wall to a ledge. Go up to the start of a flaky crack system (the start is awkward) and follow this system, which goes slightly diagonally left, to the end of it. Step right to the face and up till able to reach a wide rail (there are two small rails just above it). Build a hanging belay here.

  2. [16] 25m Climb the stunning traverse until forced to move up. Climb straight up to a flaky steep crack system to a small ledge with a big hole on it. Belay from this ledge.

  3. [16] 20m Start at the far left of the small ledge climbing straight up on good holds the steep wall to a bulging face. Move slightly right and up into a wide but short crack to a huge ledge. Build your anchor here. Scrambling leads to the top.

FA: C.C Butler, H. Davis, J.E. Henry, M.P. Mamacos & G.W. Rose, 1953

Climbs the committing steep arête feature below the Roulette ledge. Start as for 'The Squid and the Whale-Original'.

FA: Jamie Smith, Nov 2013

One of the harder routes on the Ledge. Sustained and a touch exciting.

Start: Start on the staircase ledge about 5m to the right of the arête between 'Jeopardy' and 'Jacob's Ladder'

  1. [31] 40m Scramble up the large layback seam for about 10 meters to a ledge. Climb up the centre of the overhanging face through a series of small roofs to the 'Roulette' rail. Plenty of smallish cams are useful to protect this bottom section. Resisting the temptation to sit on the 'Roulette' ledge, rail right for 1m, pull through the roof and climb directly up the face just right of the main arete to join the original line at the 'Captain Hook' rail.

  2. Figure out a cunning way to get down and to retrieve your gear or join the final pitch of Roulette.

Rail right for 1m, pull through the roof and climb directly up the face just right of the main arete to join the original line at the hook rail.

FA: Jamie Smith, Dec 2013

One of the harder routes on the Ledge. Sustained and a touch exciting.

Start: Start on the staircase ledge about 5m to the right of the arête between 'Jeopardy' and 'Jacob's Ladder'

  1. [31] 40m Scramble up the large layback seam for about 10 meters to a ledge. Climb up the centre of the overhanging face through a series of small roofs to the 'Roulette' rail. Plenty of smallish cams are useful to protect this bottom section. Resisting the temptation to sit on the 'Roulette' ledge, rail right 2m and gain the next rail using the vertical crack. From this position, pull straight through the next little roof via difficult moves to establish in some underclings. Climb past a peg and move diagonally left past the crux of 'Jeopardy' to 2 more pegs and the 'Captain Hook' rail (the end of 'Jeopardy'). Lace the rail with cams and climb the blunt arête. Pull straight through the next roof and exit out left onto jugs on the headwall.

  2. Figure out a cunning way to get down and to retrieve your gear or join the final pitch of Roulette.

FA: J. Smith, Feb 2013

FA: J. Samson, 1998

Start as for 'Jeopardy'

FA: Dave Birkett, 2000

Start as for 'Roulette Arête'.

FA: Jamie Smith, Nov 2013

Start as for 'The Squid and the Whale-Original'

FA: Jamie Smith, Apr 2013

Left of 'Roulette'

FA: Jamie Smith, Feb 2014

1 25 20m
2 22 10m
3 19 35m
  1. [25] 20m

  2. [22 A2] 10m

  3. [19] 35m

FA: Hilton Davies & G. Paterson-Jones, 22 Apr 2012

1 16 23m
2 20 20m
3 20 10m
4 21 23m
5 16 40m

FA: A Barley, R Barley, D Hartley & M Scott, 1969

Take the first 4 pitches of 'Roulette' until the roof. Pull onto the face and traverse right on the lip of the roof until the overhang below your feet ends, and then straight up the wall above (to the left of the top pitch of 'Myrrh').

FA: M. Bush

1 16 35m
2 23 12m
3 20 15m
4 11 20m

FA: P Andersen & J Knight, 1972

FFA: D. Kelfkins & A. de Klerk, 1982

1 16 35m
2 22 36m
3 11 20m

FFA: G. Morton

FA: R. Baillie, B. Cliff, D. Good & M. Mamacos, 1962

1 16 35m
2 32 15m

FA: C. Martinengo, 2003

1 12 17m
2 12 24m
3 13 18m

Starts on the staircase ledge -- look for an obvious zig-zag crack.

  1. (12). Climb a short slab to a chimney, then up the chimney. Part way, either step left then up a stepped cracked, or continue up the chimney. Belay on the obvious ledge in an alcove.

  2. (12) Traverse right, past a wide-step continue traversing around the corner, continue traversing past bolted anchors to belay behind a large boulder.

  3. (13) At the left end of the boulder, climb a jagged right leaning crack/weakness into a chimney than past a small roof to a ledge.

Continue right through a keyhole and scramble to the top.

FA: J. Darrol & V. Jachens, 1922

1 20 20m
2 17 15m
3 20 20m

FA: A. de Klerk & A. Wood, 1982

1 17 23m
2 14 23m
3 16 16m

FA: B. Fletcher, N. Gilliat, C. Hankey, I. Perez & L. Thomas, 1957

1 23 12m
2 15 30m
3 22 35m

FA: A. de Klerk, 1983

FA: Hilton Davies, 1979

FA: A. de Klerk, 1984

1 24 16m
2 25 30m

Start: This climb is on 'Fountain Ledge', Table Mountain. The most notable nearby feature is the enormous roof of 'Elevator' about 20m up. Directly below the enormous roof is a big free-standing pillar. Scramble up behind the big pillar for 8m and then walk 10m along a ledge to the left to just beyond the Elevator roof.

  1. [24] 16m At the point where the ledge does a sharp right turn, the ledge becomes flat and broad, and there is a smaller ledge a metre higher. Step up onto the higher ledge and climb the shallow recess to the roof. Micro nuts are essential gear. Climb through the stepped-out roof using the big pockets to reach a rail. Rail out to the left over the overhang without feet. Continue around the corner and mantelshelf a small platform. Climb the corner for 3m to make a semi-hanging stance.

  2. [25] 30m Continue up the corner system for a couple of metres then move out to the right for a couple of metres. Continue straight up the series of horizontal bands and rails to reach the 'Staircase' Traverse below a small corner/flake feature a metre or two above. Climb this feature and continue up and right on the smooth white wall above. Then head up leftwards to the roof. Climb through the roof and continue up to a small ledge. Continue up to a big ledge to stance. Scramble left for 15m to the huge flat boulder with a fixed abseil, else climb easily to the top.

FA: I. Papert, L. Lindic & Hilton Davies, 18 Jun 2017

1 23 20m
2 20 15m

FA: A. de Klerk, J. Davies & W. Tomlinson, 1982

1 18 30m
2 16 20m
3 17 15m

FA: R. Smithers & M. Scott, 1979

1 21 40m
2 16 20m
3 21 23m

FA: M Scott + H Graafland, A McKirdy & G Young, 1978

1 23 15m
2 25 20m
3 24 20m

FA: J. Möhle & R. Halsey, Jan 2013

1 20 15m
2 19 12m
3 20 30m
4 20 20m

FA: G. Lacey, E. February & E. February, 1982

Start as for Tour de Force. Climb the finger crack through the roof.

FFA: A. de Klerk, 1985

1 25 20m
2 16 20m
3 23 20m

FA: D. Kelfkins & G. Lacey, 1979

FA: E. February, 1988

1 19 26m
2 16 20m
3 16 23m

FA: A. Barley & D. Hartley, 1969

1 16 20m
2 17 20m
3 14 28m

This route is around 20 left of the point where one would get abseiling from the top of staircase route.

  1. Climb the face just to the left of the arête tending to the right just before getting under the overhang. Climb the arê to stand up in a small ledge above the overhang. Traverse a meter left and climb the 5m face, with no gear but good holds, to a bigger ledge.

  2. From the ledge, head to the face on the left on the face and find the clearest way to the staircase ledge.

  3. Walk around 8 meters left to a single bench looking rock and climb a small crack system just in front of it (it is just two meters right to the staircase chimney system). Climb the crack to a good ledge. Head right to the top of the big block and up to a big ledge.

This routes ends conveniently very close to the abseil point and an easy scrambling take one to the top of the mountain.

FA: C. Hankey, B. Fletcher & L. Thomas, 1957

FA: G F Travers-Jackson

1 18 15m
2 21 35m
3 16 35m

FA: B. Daniel & H. Davies, 2009

1 15
2 21
3 10

FFA: B. Smith & C. Philips

FA: R. Smithers & B. de Villiers, 1970

FA: R. Halsey & F. Walters, Oct 2018

FA: R. Halsey & F. Walters, Oct 2018

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