Klein Winterhoek

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Klein Winterhoek
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The mountain is characterized by the prominent frontal ridge that is visible from Cape Town, and by the enormous overhanging amphitheatre on the eastern side of the peak.

The routes on the mountain in chronological order of first ascent are:

Right Hand Ridge (there is no official name of this route around to the right from the amphitheatre)

FA: Londt and Stokoe, November 1920

Klein Winterhoek Frontal

FA: George Londt, Frank Berrisford, RS Yates and Stanley Morton, 31 December 1920

9 pitches, grade 15

Left-Hand Arete

FA: Hans Graafland and Mike Scott, December 1969

17 short pitches, grade 16 A2

The Times They Are A-Changing

FA: Dave Cheesmond, Chris Lomax and Greg Lacey, April 1978

12 pitches, original grade 20 A2, freed at 21

First route on the amphitheatre, on the right side

Oceans of Fear

FA: Andrew de Klerk and Greg Lacey, April 1983

First One-Day ascent: Douw Steyn and Jeremy Colenso, 1992

FFA: Andrew de Klerk and Julie Brugger, 1994

13 pitches, original grade 20 A3, freed at 28

In the centre of the amphitheatre

Wall of Silence

FA: Andrew de Klerk (solo), Jan-Feb 1986

13 pitches, grade 21 A4

In the centre of the amphitheatre

Children of the Sky

FA: Jeremy Colenso and Jeremy Samson, September 1987

14 pitches, grade 23 A3

In the centre of the amphitheatre

Art of Hearts

FA: Clinton Martinengo and Joe Mohle, Mar-Apr 2011

grade 25R A3

In the centre of the amphitheatre


FA: Hilton Davies and Guy Paterson-Jones, March 2012

13 pitches, grade 23

On the left side of the amphitheatre. Starts 100m lower than other routes. Only route to climb the headwall above the escape ledge.

Rainy Day Ridge

FA: Hilton Davies and Guy Paterson-Jones, April 2012

8 pitches, grade 18

Starts at Camp Roger in the gully next to the stream, ascends the ridge and finishes just below the amphitheatre. Suitable to be combined with the Frontal Route for a long moderate route of about 20 pitches.


From the summit head north-east along the summit ridge to the nek, alternatively before the nek follow beacons down the face over the ridge for a short-cut into the gully. Descend the gully. Some way down traverse right over a ridge to avoid the waterfall a bit further downstream. Camp site is directly below.