This is the huge, broken sandstone face on the opposite side of the mountain from the Wish You Were Here face. The Slag Crag overlooks the Mooihoek campsite and underlies the thick layer of dolerite (The Dark Side) at the top of the mountain. There is one excellent multi-pitch sport route here; Big Skye, the rest are trad adventures.
- 'Big Sky' on the Slag Crag
Slag Crag Routes from Left to Right
|#||ROUTE NAME / AREA||GRADE||# OF BOLTS (INCL. ANCHORS)||RATING||BOLTING/OPENED INFO||DESCRIPTION|
|1.||Big Sky||(17)||17D||****||FA: Gavin Peckham and Gavin Raubenheimer (16 July 2005)||Location: The route is located in the middle of the Slag Crag Face and directly above the campsite. The route essentially follows the huge black water streak that runs the full height of the crag.
|2.||Tortured Soles of the Untouchable Botanists||(19)||Trad||FA: Alex Steyn and Jacques Raubenheimer (1997)||1. 19 (35m) Climb the open book corner under the overhanging block on the right and follow the open book around the corner and straight up to a small roof. Step left and climb diagonally up and left to a large ledge with bolt belays.
|3.||Life||(25)||Trad||FA: Alex Steyn and C Reed (1997)||1. 25 (30m) Start directly behind the boulders on a blank, powdery section of wall that has a vertical crack feature about 2m up. A cam in this crack is the only protection until you reach another crack higher up on the right and a fall could prove fatal. Climb up past the cam until level with the bottom of the huge crack on the right. On amazingly delicate and flaky crimpers, climb across right to the huge crack. Follow the crack left through the roof and up through the overhanging chimney feature. Continue straight up to a bolt belay. Walk right along a ledge to another bolt belay at the left of a cave.
|The following three routes apparently also exist in this area, but no other info is available - even the first ascentionist (Alex Steyn) can't remember where they go !|
|4.||The Way Less Travelled||Trad|
|6.||Cosmic Underrod Warrior||Trad|