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The Western Cape has some very inviting-looking Alpine walls. A generally easy approach (though often overgrown) these routes are typically Alpine in nature:
  • Complex route-finding
  • The possibility of loose rock
  • An element of remoteness (making retreat or rescue / self-rescue a serious undertaking) - read my account here
  • coupled with, often, long descents

These undertakings are for experienced multi-pitch trad climbers, preferably with Alpine experience.

  • Du Toits Kloof
    • An hour's drive from Cape Town the national road snakes through Du Toits Kloof. Big Alpine walls on either side are dramatic, and inviting. Generally a long-day affair these routes involve 3 hour approaches followed by 5-8 hours of multi-pitch climbing and then a 3 hour descent.
    • Various grade options - 14-21 | 4b-6a+ | 5.7-5.11
  • Klein Winterhoek
    • The Klein Winterhoek Frontal is iconic. Bold and prominent (visible from town), this classic involves an afternoon walk-in followed by a bivi and then full day climb. Read an account here
    • Grade 16 | 5a | 5.8
  • Hangklip
    • The prominent peak behind the Hamlet of Hangklip on the Eastern Seaboard of the Cape Peninsular is not, technically, a country route. However it certainly shares some aspects of country-routing
      • big, complex and complicated to retreat
    • The pro's
      • short and easy (by country route standards) approach
      • easy grade (14 | 4b | 5.7)
      • easy descent

 

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