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Climbing TypeMulti-pitch Trad
Rock TypeSandstone
ProvinceWestern Cape

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Tafelberg and Spout.
Tafelberg and The Spout


The best information is in the Tafelberg & Spout guide book by Tony Lourens, available from most climbing shops.

Just about the best trad climbing around!


Tafelberg is a pure trad area. No bolting is allowed at all.

There is an existing bolt and chain at the top of the ascent/descent gulley and (to my knowledge) only one old route (Oscillation) that has an ancient, hand drilled, small bolt. This in no way means that any more bolts may be placed. There are also a few old pitons scattered around but even this is seldom necessary. Modern removable gear allows virtually all climbable parts of Tafelberg to be adequately protected.


There are several ways of getting off.

1. Descent Gully.

2. Abseil near the top of Black Ice. A long abseil to the ledge where you can scramble off. There is a second short abseil hiding under a boulder to avoid the scramble.

3. Near Tafelberg Frontal.

There is a very user friendly abseil descent in the Tafelberg Frontal areas about a rope length left (west) of the top of Central Direct which from the bottom is visible as the very very obvious massive white flake at the top of the crag. Please do not remove the new abseil point.

The abseil consists of 2 safe take-offs of 57m and 60m (std 60m ropes) exactly rappels.

The abseil on top is easy to find if you walk close to the edge you will easily spot it.

The 2nd point is on a ledge that is 57m below. On getting to the ledge walk left about 15m and find a thread and biner.

Tafelberg Abseil Descent Frontal area.jpg


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