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Access issues inherited from Tafelberg

A permit is required: www.capenature.co.za

Ethic inherited from Tafelberg

Tafelberg is a pure trad area. No bolting is allowed at all.

There is an existing bolt and chain at the top of the ascent/descent gulley and (to my knowledge) only one old route (Oscillation) that has an ancient, hand drilled, small bolt. This in no way means that any more bolts may be placed. There are also a few old pitons scattered around but even this is seldom necessary. Modern removable gear allows virtually all climbable parts of Tafelberg to be adequately protected.

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FA: A. Bisschop, P. Crowhurst & J. Colson, 1930

FA: A. B. Berrisford & A. J. Singer, 1930

FA: A. B. Berrisford & A. J. Singer, 1930

1 16 40m
2 14 30m

FA: C. Walker & A. Killick, 1967

Approach:

From Spout cave walk North on the trail towards the Pillar box and veer eastwards. The routes are on the red face before the start of Solitaire as you descend and round the corner past the large cave. Climb Sling first to identify the lower-off point.

On the left side of the crag, follow a vague groove, then straight up on flakes (sparse protection) to a tiny right facing corner. Move left and up through a final bulge to the top.

FA: R. Halsey & W. le Roux, Dec 2015

The entire route can be climbed by using slings on “chicken heads” and bollards. Start at the cairn and head straight up.

Descent: The route ends at a thread point and biner or walk off to the right.

FA: C. Edelstein & B. Russel, Dec 2015

Start at a jug at head height (just left of where the wall steepens) and crank up to the ledge. Head straight up the wall between Sling and Sting.

FA: W. le Roux & R. Halsey, Dec 2015

Start up the wide, overhanging crack to the base of Sting. Move up and left to into a left-facing brown corner. Traverse left for ~2m and then up to the top.

FA: R. Halsey & W. le Roux, Dec 2015

The route climbs easily from the ledge past the huge block to under the red roof. And there is a sting for the last move or two.

Descent: Walk 10m or so left to the thread point and biner at the top of Sling or walk off to the right.

FA: C. Edelstain & B. Russell

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