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Access issues inherited from Tafelberg

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Approach

Just before the top of the Descent Gully, enter the gorge btwn Short and Sweet Buttress and the main berg. Go up, the Wall is on the right.

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.

Routes

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This route is found on the left of the narrow slot as you walk from the descent gully to the Apathy wall. This starts at a waist-high step on a grey patch or rock. Head straight up past several finger rails, then continue more or less straight to the top. The gear past the first few rails is a little tricky for a few meters, so take care.

FA: R. Halsey, R.Strate & K. van der Westhuizen, Mar 2019

This route is found on the left of the narrow slot as you walk from the decent gully to the Apathy wall.

FA: R. Halsey, R. Strate, K. van der Westhuisen & K. van der Westhuizen, Mar 2019

FA: R. van Breda & T. Bremmer, 1994

FA: J. Orton & A. Ross-Innes, 2001

Climb the 'Africa Shield', move right under the roof, and up the crack on Gusto. Then do the 'Metolius move' left and across the face, up the small corner on Gusto to a narrow ledge. Traverse left at the rail until the blunt arete, and straight up to the top.

FA: R. Halsey, 2011

Step off the boulder onto the face and climb directly to the Hackaroo layback, then straight up a crack to a small roof. Reach right to another crack, pull up and tend right up a vague corner. Straight to top.

FA: R. Halsey, 2011

FA: C. Roy & A. Hackland, 1989

FA: J. Orton & A. Ross-Iness, 2001

FA: A. Roff & F. Bührmann, 2006

FA: A. de Klerk, 1986

FA: J. Orton & A. Ross-Innes, 2001

FA: J. Orton & A. Ross-Innes, 2001

FA: A. de Klerk, 1986

FA: A. Forsyth, J. Samson & D. Shewell, 1988

FA: P. Setterfield, 1988

An easy but fun route on a short face perpendicular and about 30m right of the Apathy wall. Either rap from a good mushroom to the right of Sundial, or scramble down opposite the Arête route.

FA: R. Halsey, 2011

An easy but fun route on a short face perpendicular and about 30m right of the Apathy wall. Either rap from a good mushroom to the right of Sundial, or scramble down opposite the Arête route.

FA: U. Pitsch, 2011

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