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Description

The wall is located on the far northeastern end of Tafelberg, almost directly opposite the Rooibosch Sector. It is approximately 70m high, of typical Tafelberg high-quality rock, and tops out at the top of the mountain. The bottom of the wall is quite undercut and of slightly lower quality. For these reasons, it is probably best to abseil in from the top. There is a convenient ledge about 45m below the top from which to start climbing.

Access issues inherited from Tafelberg

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

Approach

Scramble up the standard ascent/descent gulley past the chain and then walk along the top almost as far as you can go. Head right and down a short little gulley to the top of the wall. Step down onto a good ledge about 1.5m below the level to which you can comfortably walk at the point indicated in the photo (where there is a good foothold and some good incut holds in the rock above). A few metres right is a great abseil anchor point directly above the ledge from which the routes start. Absel down onto the ledge just to the right of a piller of large blocks.

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.

History

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This wall had its first routes put up on the same weekend as the 2015 SONA address fiasco in Parliament. The wall and route names were inspired by this.

Routes

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Abseil down (45m) to the ledge just right of the pillar in the middle of the wall and about 20m above the ground. Start off the top of the pillar.

45 m (19) From the top of the pillar, pull up and move a little right and up. Move up past a small, rightward facing corner to a smooth, orange section full of pockets. Climb through this and then up into a shallow, leftward trending recess and up to the top.

FA: D. Steyn & R. Halsey, Feb 2015

Abseil down (45m) to the ledge just right of the pillar in the middle of the wall and about 20m above the ground. Start off the top of the pillar.

45 m (18) From the top of the pillar, pull up and right onto the face. Continue up and right towards the skyline and then straight up to the top.

FA: R. Halsey & D. Steyn, Feb 2015

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