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== ACCESS ==
 
== ACCESS ==
  
To get to the kloof walk away from the hotel back towards the tarred road. There is a sign marking the start of a "Mountain walk". Follow this sign and follow the track (looks like it has been made by a quad bike of similar) up the hill to where the track ends. To access the steeper kloof (routes below), keep left and follow the path into the kloof (you should enter the kloof at a small dam wall).
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To get to the kloof walk away from the hotel back towards the tarred road. There is a sign marking the start of a "Mountain walk". Follow this sign and follow the track (looks like it has been made by a quad bike or similar) up the hill to where the path splits, creating an island with a tree on it and taking a right into the narrow looking kloof above. There are kerns on the path. To enter Narrow Kloof (climbing side) one must walk over the top of the first section of kloof and enter the second sectoin where the gulley is formed from above.
  
 
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==Narrow Kloof Routes ==
== ROUTES ==
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Follow the kloof upstream to find the routes (ie starting from downstream):
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'''Wigga Pleez''' - 24 FA Mark Millar, Oct 2008.
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A thuggish start from the boulder leads to some easier climbing above.
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'''Spread Eagle Project''' - ?? (Mark Millar)
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Closed project that heads up about 5m upstream from WP - bolted November 2008
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'''Squawplay''' - 30 FA Andrew Pedley, February 2010 
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Another classic Wigwam 8a. Start up the slab and crack, right of the large fig tree. Sustained and funky moves all the way to the top. 
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'''Running Bare''' - 31 FA Andrew Pedley and Marc Efune - April 2009. BB Mark Millar.
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Starts a few metres downstream of Tomahawk, off a large triangular rock. An intense start to a rest then a headwall with just enough holds on it. This sequence is a gift from god, totally brill.
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'''Tomahawk''' - 29 FA Marc 'Flex' Efune
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The kloof's classic line. A pumper all the way to the chains.
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'''Moose Knuckle Project''' - Open project bolted by Marc Efune and Andrew Pedley
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Starts up the first bolt of Tomahawk then breaks left.
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''Rest of the routes are above a big boulder that you must scramble up...
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(take care on the scramble), you can bypass the boulder on either side, but the norm is to chimney up from the base of Tomahawk''
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'''Scratchy Apache Project''' - Open project of Marc Efune's
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The first bolts above the boulder.
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'''Last of the Mohicans''' - 30 BB(Marc 'Flex' Efune) FA (Curly) Steve Bretherick, Oct 2008.
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A tough crimpy line snatched away from Flex by Curly Steve. Said to be easier for lanky people.
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'''Two Dollar NavaHo''' - 30 FA Marc 'Flex' Efune March 2008
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Hard boulder start (brilliant) to a rest then sustained finger maxing moves to easier ground. Feels fantastic!
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'''Axe Wound''' - 32 FA Andrew Pedley, April 2008
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Starts in the pit. Bouldery start leads to a half-height hard move which requires accuracy of movement and body tension to stick, or some sneaky beta... Compulsary showboat one-arm-hang clip of the 5th draw when sending for full pleasure.
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'''Siouxsie and the Banshees''' - 26 BB(Hector Pringle) FA Marc 'Flex' Efune
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Originally rap bolted by Hector Pringle. A great line with some awesome halfway pockets. Be sure to stick clip the high first bolt.
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'''Return of the Bison''' - 25 FA Greg Bormann
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A crimpy number that starts from the boulder with the first 2 bolts pre-clipped. The intention was to start the route from the ground, but a blank section has put that on hold, for now. There has in the past been a ball of wasps about 3m below the chains, so take care.
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'''Return of the Bison Direct Start''' - Open project (Greg Bormann)
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The direct start to Return of the Bison - may require an additional bolt.
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'''Buffalo Come!''' - 24 FA Mark Millar
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The first route to be opened in the kloof and by no means a classic. The bouldery start leads up to a surprise finish. Try not to blow the second clip.
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The is more potential for more routes further upstream, but the rock quality is not as good as the routes mentioned above.
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The are 3 additional routes and more potential for further routes in the narrow kloof.
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'''PLEASE NOTE:''' There is currently no bolting allowed in the lower section of the narrow kloof (i.e. lower that Mind the Gap). Please respect this bolting restriction until access is granted.
 
'''PLEASE NOTE:''' There is currently no bolting allowed in the lower section of the narrow kloof (i.e. lower that Mind the Gap). Please respect this bolting restriction until access is granted.
  
To access the narrow kloof follow the jeep track mentioned above and where the track ends keep somewhat left. Follow the steep path up the edge of the kloof. Access is gained into the kloof at the first gully that is encountered. Once at the base of the gully (i.e. in the kloof), there are 2 routes downstream (left) and 1 route upstream.
 
 
From the downstream side:
 
 
'''Mind the Gap''' - 24 FA Eric Riemann
 
 
Mind the gap on top...
 
 
 
'''Smoke Signals''' - 23 FA Greg Borman
 
 
Shares the start with MTG and break right at the 3rd of 4th bolt. Also a touch run-out to the chains.
 
 
 
Next route is upstream where the kloof narrows again. You may have to cross a small pool to access the start.
 
 
 
 
''''bass hunter open project''' '
 
up the pretty flake system
 
 
""Brian Weaver Closed Project""
 
 
""Andrew Pedley Closed Project""
 
 
next few routs start above the big pool use the fixed rope to cross
 
 
 
''''Opposing Force'''' 28 -FA Ebert Nel BB Alex Bester
 
 
''''Half life'''' 27- FA Alex bester BB Ebert
 
starts with a chock stone and continues up with big moves
 
 
 
''''Call of duty'''' 26 FA Ebert Nel BB Alex
 
classic start with a boulder problem continue with a pump
 
 
 
''''flight simulator'''' project bloted by Alex Bester/Ebert Nel
 
 
26 till a massive dyno can u jump
 
 
"closed project"
 
 
"closed project"
 
  
"The Gameover closed project"
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*'''The Gulley of Narrow Kloof Route List'''
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Routes from the LEFT of the crag towards the RIGHT.
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|-
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|#
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|ROUTE NAME / AREA
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|GRADE
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|# BOLTS
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|RATING
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|BOLTING/OPENED INFO
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|DESCRIPTION
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|1.
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|Mind the Gap
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|24/7a
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|<unknown>
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|
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|FA. Eric Riemann
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|Please mind the gap on top.
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|-
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|2.
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|Smoke Signals
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|23/6c+
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|<unknown>
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|FA. Greg Borman
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|Start as MTG then break right at 3rd or 4th bolt.
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|}
  
ON SLAB: LEFT TO RIGHT
 
  
''''serious sam''''21 FA Alex bester bolted by samantha dry
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Next route is upstream where the kloof narrows again. You may have to cross a small pool to access the start.
on the slab start with tricky moves and enjoy
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""Flex 23"", add info
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*'''The Overhang of Narrow Kloof Route List'''
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Routes from the LEFT of the crag towards the RIGHT (from the entrance to the cave at the back).
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{| border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0"
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|-
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|#
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|ROUTE NAME / AREA
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|GRADE
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|# BOLTS
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|RATING
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|BOLTING/OPENED INFO
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|DESCRIPTION
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|1.
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| <Bass hunter open project>
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|After cleaning, rope falls in pond.
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|2.
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| <Brian Weaver closed project>
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| <Andrew Pedley closed project>
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|4.
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|Opposing Force
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|28/7c
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|BB. Alex Bester. FA. Ebert Nel. 2012.
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|5.
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|Half Life
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|27/7b+
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|BB. Ebert Nel. FA. Alex Bester. 2012.
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|6.
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|Call of Duty
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|26/7b
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|BB. Alex Bester. FA. Ebert Nel. 2012.
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| <Flight Simulator Open Project>
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|BB. Alex Bester & Ebert Nel
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|involves a large dynamic one move wonder crux
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|8.
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|Resident Evil
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|28/7c
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|BB. Ebert Nel. FA. Ebert Nel. 2013.
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| <Open project>
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|Game Over
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|29/7c+
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|BB. Alex Bester. FA. Ebert Nel. 2013.
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|}
  
'''Unknown Name''' - 20 FA Hector Pringle
 
  
A slabby number.
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*'''The Slab of Narrow Kloof Route List'''
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Routes from the LEFT of the crag towards the RIGHT (from the cave to the entrance).
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{| border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0"
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|-
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|#
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|ROUTE NAME / AREA
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|GRADE
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|# BOLTS
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|RATING
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|BOLTING/OPENED INFO
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|DESCRIPTION
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|1.
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|Serious Sam
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|21/6b+
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|BB. Samantha Dry. FA. Alex Bester. 2012.
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|2.
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| <Name Unknown>
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|23/6c+
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|FA. Marc Efune. 2012
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|3.
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| <Name Unknown>
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|20/6b
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|FA. Hector Pringle.
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Revision as of 20:08, 8 September 2013

DIRECTIONS

From Johannesburg...

Option 1.

Head toward Haartebeespoort dam via R512 past Lanseria Airport. At the 1st T-juntion you get to, turn left onto the R560 (past a Sasol garage). Continue past the Peacanwood Golf Estate and take a right turn (back onto the R512), that will take you over the Haartebeespoort Dam. At the next T-junction take a right turn and continue over Commando Nek and toward Haartebeespoort. At the 4-way stop (ther is an Engen on your left. This is a good point to meet your mates from PTA) turn left and you will travel parallell to the Magaliesberg range (R104) for approx 55km. Once you have gone past the Rainbow Chicken farm (approx. 5kms), you'll you see a sign to Sparkling Waters, turn left. Follow this road past the Bergheim resort (Fernkloof) and turn left into the Wigwam Hotel (This is about 1km from Bergheim).

Option 2.

Get onto the the N14 highway and head towards Krugersdorp. At the intersection with Hedrik Potgieter (Sasol Garage) take a right turn and drive until you reach a T-junction. At the junction turn right onto the R563 and travel past a Zenex station. Continue along this road for sometime. Once you have made it to the bottom of the steep pass and get a distinct smell of pig manure, take the next road left towards Bekker Skole. Continue onto the T-juction and turn right onto the R24 past Lovers Rock. Now travel parallel to the Magalieberg range, past Oliphantsnek. At the 1st 3-way stop you reach, take a right turn and the Wigwam Hotel gate is approximately 4.5kms down the road on the right hand side. The Bergheim (Fernkloof) turnoff is a further kilometer down the road.

Sign in and tell the guard you are there to climb and park by the entrance to the hotel. This is a private resort and the owner has kindly granted permission. YOU MUST report to the Hotel reception and pay for a day pass. The pass will cost you R25 per person per day which is very fair. Please behave when in the hotel/areas, horseplay and noise will be really bad for the way the owners view the climbers. Be polite, have a beer/food afterwards, it all helps to secure long term access.

PLEASE!

Please ensure that whatever you carry into the kloof, you carry out. The kloofs are narrow and access is fairly limited, make sure you go to the bathroom before entering. Please DO NOT urinate or deficate in the kloof as the water is currently pure enough to drink, lets keep it that way. If you have to go make sure you exit the kloof before you get down to business. Please bury your deposits to avoid nasty surprises. If you see litter (and there often is in the kloof, due to baboons raiding the hotel bins) make an effort to pick it up on your way out and put it in a dustbin.

Thanks.


ACCESS

To get to the kloof walk away from the hotel back towards the tarred road. There is a sign marking the start of a "Mountain walk". Follow this sign and follow the track (looks like it has been made by a quad bike or similar) up the hill to where the path splits, creating an island with a tree on it and taking a right into the narrow looking kloof above. There are kerns on the path. To enter Narrow Kloof (climbing side) one must walk over the top of the first section of kloof and enter the second sectoin where the gulley is formed from above.

Narrow Kloof Routes

PLEASE NOTE: There is currently no bolting allowed in the lower section of the narrow kloof (i.e. lower that Mind the Gap). Please respect this bolting restriction until access is granted.


  • The Gulley of Narrow Kloof Route List

Routes from the LEFT of the crag towards the RIGHT.

# ROUTE NAME / AREA GRADE # BOLTS RATING BOLTING/OPENED INFO DESCRIPTION
1. Mind the Gap 24/7a <unknown> FA. Eric Riemann Please mind the gap on top.
2. Smoke Signals 23/6c+ <unknown> FA. Greg Borman Start as MTG then break right at 3rd or 4th bolt.


Next route is upstream where the kloof narrows again. You may have to cross a small pool to access the start.

  • The Overhang of Narrow Kloof Route List

Routes from the LEFT of the crag towards the RIGHT (from the entrance to the cave at the back).

# ROUTE NAME / AREA GRADE # BOLTS RATING BOLTING/OPENED INFO DESCRIPTION
1. <Bass hunter open project> After cleaning, rope falls in pond.
2. <Brian Weaver closed project>
3. <Andrew Pedley closed project>
4. Opposing Force 28/7c BB. Alex Bester. FA. Ebert Nel. 2012.
5. Half Life 27/7b+ BB. Ebert Nel. FA. Alex Bester. 2012.
6. Call of Duty 26/7b BB. Alex Bester. FA. Ebert Nel. 2012.
7. <Flight Simulator Open Project> BB. Alex Bester & Ebert Nel involves a large dynamic one move wonder crux
8. Resident Evil 28/7c BB. Ebert Nel. FA. Ebert Nel. 2013.
9. <Open project>
10. Game Over 29/7c+ BB. Alex Bester. FA. Ebert Nel. 2013.


  • The Slab of Narrow Kloof Route List

Routes from the LEFT of the crag towards the RIGHT (from the cave to the entrance).

# ROUTE NAME / AREA GRADE # BOLTS RATING BOLTING/OPENED INFO DESCRIPTION
1. Serious Sam 21/6b+ BB. Samantha Dry. FA. Alex Bester. 2012.
2. <Name Unknown> 23/6c+ FA. Marc Efune. 2012
3. <Name Unknown> 20/6b FA. Hector Pringle.