Kasteel Buttress

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Thanks to its famous pass flanking it this buttress offers an easy approach- just follow the signs. Like many Apostle buttresses Kasteel has two facets- West and South Facing, however most of the best routes are on the West.

There are two distinct approaches depending on the routes, and so with time this Wiki might be edited accordingly, but in the Mean while it will be broken as such below.

  Kasteel West Face

These routes are best approached from the Valken/Barrier path.

Castle Rib * E2 or 14

G. Athiros, A. Killick and Miss T. Snijders 1967

Allow plenty of time to find the start.

Start: The route lies up the curved rib which is capped by an overhang, 12m right of Valken Ravine (Right-Hand Route), and to the left of Kasteels Gully.

Pitch 1. 18m (D) "Black Face Pitch." Climb the black face 13m right of Valken Ravine waterfall. Walk left to a corner 5m right of the Right-Hand Route.

Pitch 2. 28m (F1 or 15) Climb the corner to an overhanging flake. Step up onto the flake, then move up to a higher foot rail. Traverse right for 6m and climb s clean face with a tricky finish. walk right for 19m to the next beacon beneath an overhang.

Pitch 3. 30m (E2 or 13) Climb a short distance up a crack beneath the overhang, then diagonally left. Once above the level of the overhang, move right, then climb an easy face.

Pitch 4. 8m (D) Climb the corner directly move to a stance shared with Valken Ravine RH. One is now beneath the prominent bulge on Castle Rib.

Pitch 5. 15m (E2 or 13) A few overhanging moves on the right of the bulge enables on to traverse to a chimney, which is then taken to complete the route.

Kasteels Gully C Route

K. Cameron, F.G. Clarkson and H.E. Walton 1912

"Another popular and well patronized climb. Allows much variation."

Start: Walk up Valken Ravine until a cave/overhang is reached level with the bottom of Barrier Cave. Continue up VR a few meters then walk right onto the wide ledge above the overhang. Walk up to the foot of the subsidiary buttress on the right of VR until directly below a prominent prong of ricks jutting out some 200m above. 3 or 4 nondescript scramble pitches up the gully brings one to move vertical rock. Keep over to the right and climb:

Pitch 1. 12m (C) A vertical crack with excellent holds. scramble left to the foot of the final chimney below prongs.

Pitch 2. 20m (C) climb the chimney on its right wall.

Kasteels Buttress B Route **

F.C. Barwick and G.F. Traverse-Jackson 1907

This route starts on the left side of the Buttress and traverses across the buttress to the right hand side. By Examining the photo and following the obvious, well warn lines you should have no problem following the route.

Kasteel's Buttress North Face *** D

A.F. Bisschop, E.E. Vaughn and Miss D. Windsor. 1931

There are two variations to this route, however the left is so bushy that its not recommended. The right route has steep pitches and good holds, thus the 3 start rating.

Start:the Right route begins close to the bottom of the right edge of the North-Facing wall of the buttress. This is the point where the main face cuts back up towards the ravine. Up the corner is a pea-pod shaped cave, which cannot be seen from Valken, but lies to the left of prominent black streaks.

Pitch 1. 15m (E1 or 13) Climb the left wall then scramble up for 2 rope lengths until the "B" path is reached) Continue over to the right to the skyline and a square recessed corner above the "B" route.

Pitch 2. 21m (D) A delightful face on the left wall of the recess and then traverse right near the top to below a black streak.

Pitch 3. 9m (D) Climb up into the crack for 4m and finish via the face on the right. the top of this route runs close to the "B" route

Pitch 4. 21m (D) Just above ta large detached mass of rock is climbed to a small stance. Continue up the face to a good ledge. This face is exposed and overlooks the Kasteel Poort path.

Pitch 5. Above this face the route scrambles up the crest of the buttress to a short easy face to a similar face. After this, scramble up the ridge to the summit.

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Kasteels Frontal Kasteels gully Kasteels North Face Kasteels Pillar