The CapeRoutes Apostles Climbing Guide by Leo Rust (Free PDF Download)
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The Icons of Camps Bay! There is more climbing to be done here than on Lions Head and TM combined, but with no cable car, approaches starting at 45 minutes and west facing these buttresses get less traffic than they should. If you are looking to escape the crowds of TM and Lions meander down the Pipe track and prepare for many an adventure.
The best place to start for most buttresses is from Theresa Ave, in Camps Bay. Park at the Cement road boomed closed then walk up the cement to the various buttresses. The closest are Valken, Barrier, Kasteel and the Champs Elysees side of Postern which are all accessed from the Kasteel Poort path, and will take about 45 minutes to an hour 20 minutes to get to. Unsurprisingly these crags have also seen the most development.
Postern through Kleinkop will take longer and really want a full day out.
Bee Buttress is approached from the Llududno side, and no doubt once we can find more info on the other buttresses that side we will populate this wiki from that approach. if anyone can name the buttresses between Kleinkop and Bee please state them and any more info you may have.
Most Buttresses face West or South, with some facing North. The hope with this wiki is to put info here on what is climbed best in given conditions. As most routes face west it is best for an early start to miss the sun, however this is only really a concern on hot days, as the height and breeze cools the crags.
For hot days an early start heading to Corridor South Face is best, as there are long routes that stay in the shade until much later in the afternoon- after 3pm depending on the time of year. It would take a good hour and a half to get to the base, mostly walking on the flat pipe track.
The pipe track starts all the way back at Kloof Corner, but the only buttress that might be approached from there (Cairn) is still better approached from Theresa Ave. The path maintains a contour until it peters out between Slangolie and Corridor, making Corridor's path harder to follow. Outside of the ends this is a fabulous freeway of a path making movement easy. The only crags that would be better accessed from elsewhere is Bee and Sea Buttresses, which are best approached from Suikerbossie
Ravine Names As a rule of thumb the Buttress gives its name to the ravine on the climbers right of the buttress, so Kasteel Poort is in between Kasteel Buttress on the left and Postern on the right etc.