Solitaire Wall

  • Grade context: SA

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Access issues inherited from Tafelberg

A permit is required:

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: J. Fisher, E. February & B. Ferreira, 1988

FA: J. Fisher & E. February, 1988

Start up a featured face (just right of the path leading to the water spot) up to the steep orange rock. Pull through some rails and then easily up to a featured layback. At the small ledge, move about 1.5m left and up to a rail. Use good holds on the face to reach the next ledge and follow the short left-facing corner to the top.

FA: R. Halsey, 6 Nov 2011

Climb easily up to the layback from the right. At the ledge traverse left to the blunt arete and climb this to the top.

FA: J. Möhle, 6 Nov 2011

Start just left of Go Go Gadget and climb straight up to the first ledge. Reach up to a handrail, then straight up via gymnastic moves to and from the huge horizontal pocket (in the grey rock with an orange stripe coming down from its centre). Easily to top. Great climbing, pity about the ledge. Consensus grading needed.

FA: R. Halsey & U. Pitsch, 12 Feb 2012

What a little gem! Pull onto the orange face from the boulder and tend slightly right up the steep wall to the narrow overhang. Pull directly through and up a series of flakes to a handrail to the left of a small roof. Crank onto, and across the roof on good holds in the grey rock, and then tend slightly left to a small ledge. Straight to top.

FA: R. Halsey, 7 Nov 2011

Start up the obvious crack about 6m right of Go Go Gadget. Traverse left for ~2m at the rail above the first roof on the left. Pull up into a left-facing flare. Step right and up the steep juggy face. At the next ledge continue straight to the top.

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

Takes a line a few meters left of Any Takers? Scramble up behind a square pillar. Start up the thin corner crack on the left. At the ledge step right onto the face up to another ledge. Pull onto the face and follow series of vertical side pulls, then easy ground to the top.

FA: R. Halsey & W. New

This is an obvious line that has probably been climbed before but not recorded. It has good, easy climbing and is recorded for completion.

Scramble up a large boulder about 5m left of Pinstripe Sweet. Step onto the face and follow the wide crack, layback and flake to the top. # 4 Camalot useful

FA: U. Pitsch & R. Halsey, 12 Feb 2012

Start about 2m left of Solitare. Climb a blunt arete to a ledge. Follow the thin black water streak with some committing moves above the ledge. About halfway up the streak, you need to make a move left and up for 1m to a thin crack on a flake, before moving right again. At the next ledge move slightly right to a vague corner and then easily to the top.

FA: R. Halsey & U. Pitsch, 29 Jan 2012

FA: M. Scott, 1965

A varied pitch left of Green Eggs and Ham on the right-hand side of the Solitaire wall.

Start at the corner crack on the right of the Solitaire face. Climb up about 8m to a slightly bulging face. Some tricky moves to a ledge (avoid the enormous, balanced, cigar-shaped rock). Climb the left side of the vague arete to an overlap. Traverse left and up and then pull through the right side of the next roof to the juggy face above. Straight to top.

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

FA: J. Tereblanche, 2000

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