Thunderbolt Direct - Witteberg ***** Grade G1M2
A Dick and R Fuggle 1970
Note: This description is of the direct variation pitches only. You will need the RD of the original route as well (http://www.climbing.co.za/wiki/index.php?title=Thunderbolt).
After the fifth pitch, Thunderbolt traverses to the left under some large overhangs, later traversing back right. This variation, starting from the stance above pitch No. 5 of Thunderbolt, goes straight through the overhangs, joining up with the final pitch of the original route.
24m “F3”. Climb up and to the right, then slightly left to a smallish stance. 30m “F2”. Climb up to a spire below the overhangs. Climb the spire to a small but comfortable stance at its apex. 15m “G2 M1”. Move slightly left off the top of the spire and up (1 aid point) to below the large overhang above. Continue to the right and over the lip of the overhang to a small exposed stance above. 36m “G1 M2”. Move up the slab and then diagonally right through two small overhanging sections (6m F2/M2). Climb the recess on the left. 55m “F3”. Continue up the recess to where it ends and then to the left on to pitch 18 of the original route.