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Pinnacle Sector

  • Grade context: SA
  • Ascents: 3

Access: Coronavirus COVID-19 Alert level 2

Physical distancing and restrictions on leisure and social activities to prevent a resurgence of the virus.

Alert level 2 will be in place from 31 May 2021. Alert level 2 was in place from 18 August to 20 September 2020. Adjustments to the regulations will be updated as soon as possible after it is published.

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Created about a year ago - Edited 17 days ago
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Access issues inherited from Wolfberg

You will have to obtain a permit to climb at Wolfberg, as it is on private land. Ask for more details at the reception for Sanddrif (https://www.sanddrif.com/)

Ethic inherited from Wolfberg

No bolting allowed. Strictly a trad area.

Routes

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1 17 35m
2 10 40m
3 13 20m

FA: M. Morrison, J. Moss, M. Scott & H. Zangerl, 1980

1 17 25m
2 18 45m
3 16 10m
4 15 40m

FA: Unknown, 2004

1 15 25m
2 15 15m
3 9 15m
4 17 40m
5 12 25m

FA: P. A. Du Preez, E. Marais, J. Levy & A. Schoon, 1979

1 10 23m
2 9 18m
3 13 12m
4 13 18m
5 15 28m
6 13 40m

FA: P. du Preez & A. Schoon, 1978

1 10 23m
2 9 25m
3 11 30m
4 17 10m
5 17 20m
6 11 25m

FA: A. Lainis & J. Gordon

1 11 27m
2 11 30m
3 10 14m
4 7 18m
5 10 27m
6 13 45m

FA: A. Schoon & G. Ward, 1978

1 18 25m
2 18 20m
3 18 32m
4 18 18m

To access this route hike all the way to the South West gully following the base of the wolfberg mountain. Once at the gully, scramble up passing behind a tree. A cairn on the base of the first crack demarks the start of Crack of Icarus.

  1. Climb the crack system to a ledge and belay from there. To access the second pitch, walk left of the ledge and scramble/climb a short easy section to a huge ledge. Walk around 20 meters left across the ledge, stepping on a big chockstone, passing and scramble down behind a big tree. Around the corner, scramble up to a ledge with a cairn on it at the base of a face where the second pitch starts (I recommend climbing this easy face up to the higher ledge to belay below the big long roof where the second crack starts).

  2. Climb the face to a big ledge. Climb the crack to the right of a long roof to a small roof. Climb the roof to a ledge.

  3. Climb the crack system passing a sequence of hand jam, laybacking, overhang with jugs until surprised by a slab. Step one meter to the left and climb the slab to a ledge. This is an amazing pitch!

  4. Scramble up behind a huge block to a face. Climb the face starting 5m left of the arête, traversing slightly right to do a boulder move (crux). Head up to the top.

The descent is through the SW gully, starting with a hike and followed by a 30 meters rappel.

FA: L. Tucker & B. Tucker, 2003

1 20 30m
2 18 14m
3 21 20m
4 21 33m
5 18 20m

FA: J. Orton & C. Haumann, 2003

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