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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:07 pm 
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My wife and I climbed Muizenburg Crag Direct, yesterday, and loved every minute of it... well... except for the "friable" rock at the very top which was, in all honesty, kak. If anyone asked us for a route around that grade, it would be high on our list of suggestions.

We were planning to go climb Eclipse, this coming weekend, but the man to whom we promised the honoured position of "third" has asked us to postpone.

Instead, we're thinking of heading to Tafelberg and would be looking for great, easy routes to climb.

Are there any? Suggestions?

We want to make a weekend of it and our tent needs an outing. Tafelberg looks like a good destination - particularly if we can walk in, climb a route, camp overnight, climb another route and then walk out. (Presumably, we would enter from the Welbedacht Forest Station.)


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:54 pm 
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Tafelberg Frontal is an obvious choice. If you really have to take a tent, you can pitch it below the scree slope, I doubt you'll find a flat spot any closer.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:04 pm 
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Forget the tent, Spout Cave is all the shelter you will ever need. Not carrying a tent will free up lots of space for wine or food.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:14 pm 
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An early start is recommended so that you make it back to your wine and food in time.
Spout Cave is the place to be - leave the tent.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:27 am 
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There's a cave? I didn't know that. Thanks.

What is the deal with permits for Tafelberg? Someone tells me I need permits from both CNC and Driehoek farm and that seems ridiculous.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:48 am 
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Xharlie wrote:
There's a cave?


Where have you been living!? :P

An awesome cave at that, water is round the back of the Spout - secure your food to the cave roof to avoid being raided by the Woozle.
Also recommend you get the Tafelberg Guidebook.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:56 am 
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You only need a CN permit which you can get from Driehoek, Algeria or Dwarsrivier. Think it is in the region of R70ppd which is ridiculous considering that you are sleeping in a cave...

The cave is in the Spout, and is very obvious from the neck at the top of the scree slope leading up to Tafelberg. I've see the Woozel aid climbing the crack with etriers and Aliens so make sure you hang your gear as far up as possible :lol:

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:15 am 
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Justin wrote:
Where have you been living!? :P


We've been living in a boring place where all the climbs were bolted and the instruction "follow the obvious line" was easily understood: connect the dots.

Overnight permits from CNC cost R 90.00 per person per night - excluding the "conservation fee" of R 60.00 that you must pay if you don't carry a wild-card. It is ridiculous! That's 50% MORE than the new prices at De Bos and you have to dig a hole should you need a loo!

Personally, I am much more inclined to camp in the middle of nowhere than in a noisy site in a town. Given the choice, I would choose to dig a hole rather than put up with obnoxious neighbours, cell-phone music and poor parking skills. I merely wish that the "middle of nowhere" cost less.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:26 am 
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Justin wrote:
An awesome cave at that, water is round the back of the Spout - secure your food to the cave roof to avoid being raided by the Woozle.


Justin, please provide a detailed description of how to find the water "round the back of the Spout" or is it blindingly obvious?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:30 am 
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It's indicated in the guidebook, but just walk around the Spout to the southside, the drip and "basin" is very obvious

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:37 am 
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Thanks, Nic.

We don't actually have the Tafelberg guide and probably won't buy one since we're off to the mud island in three months but we're planning to take some friends of ours on a hike in the area and one of our nights will be at the Spout cave, hence the question.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:30 pm 
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There should be plenty of water right now.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:29 am 
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Now be nice to the Woozels, they are part of the furniture


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:43 am 
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walk clockwise around the spout maintaining roughly the same elevation as the cave. Its Quite far around, roughly just past the opposite side. This is from memory, I was last there a good long while back! It is a fairly obvious route. The drip itself is obvious, you won't miss it.


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