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R. De Decker, A. Hall, R.White A.Wood 30 Jan 2012
R. De Decker, A. Hall, R.White A.Wood 30 Jan 2012
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Oh Postern! One of the finest buttresses on the Apostles complete with a straight forward walk in and easy escape on generally fantastic rock.
Most guide books break the buttress in two, based on access, with the left side (approached from Kasteel Poort) being called Champs Elysees, and the Right, (approached from a path off the pipe track) called Postern Main Sector.
The two sectors will be broadly described below, however there is one long Halfway Ledge that runs almost the entire length of the buttress- from where Champs/Jongosi/Boulevard East join it at a large open book (slab on the right, vert face on the left separated by a small corner angle). This ledge is useful for approaching or bailing, and from time to time a party will even leave tat around the left termination for an abseil to the ground (50 m ropes are fine). many of the routes, (especially the older ones) will traverse along it making many of the lines quite disjointed.
Champs Elysees Sector
Jongosi *** 19 R. De Decker, A. Hall, R.White A.Wood 30 Jan 2012
Start: about 20m left of Champ Elysees, right next to a large bush and a spacious sloped boulder below the middle of a brown face, immediately right of a blunt arete with a cairn.
Pitch 1. 30m (19) Make a dynamic move to a prong to get established on the face, then climb up on spaced holds to traverse left. Cross the blunt arete and traverse 6m left until it's possible to move up and right on spaced but positive holds with better pro. Climb an obvious traverse right before heading up a recess to pass the overhang to reach a stance behind a huge block.
Pitch 2. 34m (14) from the block climb to the second rail. Traverse right and swing airily around a corner above a shallow recess. Continue rightwards 4m before climbing straight up the wall to below a roof. Move right to a ledge ( below Champs Ramp Pitch).
Pitch 3. 25m (18) climb the ramp 3m until able to move onto the left wall. Traverse left easily over the yawning void for 10m to where the wall becomes quite steep. Continue traversing with your feet on the lip of a big overhang to pass under a small overlap, then up a large layback flake to easier ground. Climb straight up to a large ledge.
Pitch 5. 25m (16) Do the stunning layback up to Champs's bottomless chimney and at the first hand rail climb left for the skyline then breezily up juglets to a large ledge.
Boulevard East *** 19
D. Brown, B. de Bruin, D. Mclachlan 1976
"A Motorway for sports models only, Some excellent, hard pitches" 1978 RD
Start:Up a clean, scalloped ri rising out of the trees 30m left of Champs Elysees
Pitch 1. 18m (16) Climb the rib on superb holds to a ledge. Move up over a wet grassy "knee-pad" into a tight leaning chimney-crack to gain another ledge.
Pitch 2. 25m (17) Climb a steep wall behind the stance for 5m (a groove on the left) then do an awkward move onto a little stance with two stout old pegs. Continue to the corner beneath overhangs and pull up as high as possible before traversing right to Boulevard Ledge, similar to that on Champs but narrower. Climb over an exposed corner before descending diagonally right to a stance.
Pitch 3. 20m (14) Lower yourself off the ledge before traversing right beneath some blocks to a recess. Climb this to the big ledge below the ramp on Champs, and move right to below a hard looking crack.
Pitch 4. 20m (19) Pull up to a slab and cross this from left to right to gain the bottom of a twisted crack. Take the crack to beneath the roof, then move right across a smooth orange slab to the second gap between blocks to reach the Halfway Ledge.
Pitch 5. 10m (14) A strenuous pull up from the top of a sloping block using small grips enables one to reach large flakes int the left crack. Climb to a stance next to a yellowwood tree.This pitch belongs to Frasers Frontal.
Pitch 6. 20m (16) step off the tree onto the under cut sidewall of the left hand buttress int he chimney. Swing around left onto a steep wall, then up and around left to pull up to a ledge. Continue up a boulder and fight a bush to share a stance with Frasers. Scramble to the top. Cameron's Frontal
Postern Wall *** D
D.G. Andrews, W.H Crump, L.M Kay 1932
Full RD available in the 1978 MCSA guide.
D- Day ** F1
G. Lacey, M. Roberts, M. Scott
Great for large parties.
Start:high up KP at the Pinnacle against the side of the cliffs. Postern Wall Starts on the right side of the pinnacle, just left of Pinnacle the route.
Pitch 1. 15m (E3) Step straight up onto the steep wall, then climb past a flake and up a bulge to get into a rounded off chimney. Last few moves at the top force one right over the drop.
Pitch 2. 25m (E2 or F3) From the ledge, step up into a recess, which is climbed to a ledge, then head up a monstrous angled block. Climb up and left an overhanging face above on good holds, to a long ledge 3m below the main ledge. Here one has two choices:
1. The official route uses a block on the ledge to gain height for the start. Move up to the dassie ledge stance.
2. Walk left and scramble up next to a pitch on "D" route, a traverse back to the right can be made on an open dassie ledge to reach a stance.
Pitch 3. 15m (F2) Climb the recess behind the stance to a long ledge. A blank barrier now runs below an overhang on the left, which ends to form a grassy crack. Using two horizontal cracks one can reach an ear on the right wall and get to some high edges. Lay - away to the ledge. The stance is in the corner next to a large loose flake with the beacon on it.
Pitch 4. 8m (E1) Follow the deidre behind the stance to the overhang, then traverse left and up to the ledge.
Pitch 5. 10 (D) Climb a chimney on the left for a few meters until a step left onto a weathered face is possible. Great climbing takes you to the top of the buttress.
Ripcord ** F3 or 18
Unfortunately overshadowed by Champs Elysees, this is none the less a good route.
Start: there is a starting beacon 10m up KP from the large tree near the north-Western Corner of the buttress.
Pitch 1. 10m (D) climb about 3m until a 7m traverse right can be made to a rock which juts out.
Pitch 2. 6m (F2) Traverse right into the corner which is descended 5m onto a broad ledge running out right.
Pitch 3. 24m (F2) Starting on the right end of the ledge traverse right for 6m, then diagonally right to stance at the top right corner of the face. One is now under a large overhang.
Pitch 4. 15m (F3) take the corner behind the beacon until a handrail below the overhang is reached, then traverse left 5m and up to a small platform. Move left into a vert crack to a small stance.
Pitch 5. 9m (F2) take the crack for 6m, move onto the face on the left when the crack closes in. There is a broad ledge jutting farr out at the top of the pitch.
Pitch 6. 25m (F3) Move past the boulder on the right of the ledge, then descend 3m to a lichen covered ledge which ends 3m further. Step across the gap between the ledge and the face on the right, and swing around he bulging corner onto the face. Traverse right with feet on the lip of a huge overhang the is so prominent from the KP path for 4m, then move up 3m before a 6m traverse left to the base of two vertical cracks. Climb the left crack 6m before emerging left of the dassie traverse bisecting the buttress.
Pitch 7. 8m (E2) Start 3m right of Crag, move diagonally right 6m to a ledge. behind a loose flake is a stance.
Pitch 8. 12m (F2) Move along the ledge (which direction??) then traverse left for 4m to stand on a loose block. climb up via a vert crack to a stance.
Pitch 9. 12m (E2) Continue up the chimney for 12m then exit right to a broad ledge (this brings the hut into view).
Pitch 10. 18m (F2) From the top of a large block climb diagonally right to a small ledge beneath an overhang. traverse 6m right and up to a ledge.
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