Valken Buttress

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'''Approach:''' as for Barrier, take the Kasteel Poort path until it cuts a steep ravine between Valken and Kasteel. Take this Ravine until a left path is found which ultimately goes on via Valken to Barrier.
 
'''Approach:''' as for Barrier, take the Kasteel Poort path until it cuts a steep ravine between Valken and Kasteel. Take this Ravine until a left path is found which ultimately goes on via Valken to Barrier.
  
'''Descent''' as for Barrier the easiest is to walk down between Barrier and Valken then take the abseil to the base. Alternatively you could walk over and take Kasteel Poort down, but its not clear which is easier as they are both straight forward.
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'''Descent''' as for Barrier the easiest is to walk down between Barrier and Valken then take the abseil to the base. This is called Barrier Ravine. Alternatively you could walk over and take Kasteel Poort down, but its not clear which is easier as they are both straight forward.
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''' Valken Face **** E2 or 14'''
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P.H.Andrews, H. Exner, J.W. Fraser 1924
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"A popular route for the average party"
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'''Start:'''10m left of Barrier Cave was a Hottentot Cherry Tree.
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Pitch 1. 13m (E2 or 14) Climb the face slightly right of the tree, moving left towards the top.
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Pitch 2. 13m (C/D or Very Easy) From the ledge directly above the tree climb up and diagonally  right.
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Pitch 3. 25m (E1 or 13) Straight up through a gap in the overhang, continue to the gully.
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Pitch 4. 20m (D or 12) Climb the sheer but easy face which faces Barrier Ravine.
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Pitch 5. 20m (B/C or scramble) From 4m behind the last stance climb through a wormhole to a ledge  From there climb on the right and then in the gully facing Barrier Ravine.
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Walk to Upper Buttress.  Approach via the minor rock steps between the bushy ledge to the right of  the amphitheater. When two steps up, bear left until directly below s large overhang chimney on the buttress above.
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Pitch 6. 11m (C/D or 11/12) The face on the right of the bushy recess is climbed. Walk to the left for a few meters.
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Pitch 7. 7m (E2 or 14) A white open book recess. start on the left wall, end on the right wall.
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Pitch 8. 5m (C) Walk left along the ledge until it peters out. Climb via a jutting 0 out fllake to the broad ledge above. Walk to the left for 12m.
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Pitch 9. 33m (E2 or 14) Climb the vertical while face for 6m to a narrow ledge. Traverse along this to the right for 12 to the base of a crack. Step right onto the lip of the overhang, move up 1m, then left to the crack which is then climbed to the stance 15m above.
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Pitch 10. 13m (D) The Grooved Traverse Pitch: Climb the chimney for 3m until under the overhang. swing left for 3m on good holds, at the corner ease into the groove, then continue along and down for a total of 7m into the head of the gully.
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Pitch 11. 10m (C) Traverse left along a narrow exposed ledge. Walk about 12m left.
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Pitch 12. 20m (D) Climb first the right then the left wall to the top of a deep chimney. Behind is another short chimney which exists on the left.
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Valken Ravine ( Left Hand)
 
Valken Ravine ( Left Hand)
 
Valken Ravine ( Right Hand)
 
Valken Ravine ( Right Hand)
  
'''Valken Crag ** F1'''
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'''Valken Crag ** F1 or 16'''
 
D.M. Carter, B. Fletcher, L. Scoble 1950
 
D.M. Carter, B. Fletcher, L. Scoble 1950
  

Revision as of 16:50, 31 March 2014

Like Barrier Valken Buttress has two sides: West and South facing with a vague arete in between. The West Face is dominated by a 3m horizontal roof which spans over 25m of the wall, beneath which is a large orange slab. To confuse us this is called Barrier Cave. on the left side of this is a smaller tea cave.

Approach: as for Barrier, take the Kasteel Poort path until it cuts a steep ravine between Valken and Kasteel. Take this Ravine until a left path is found which ultimately goes on via Valken to Barrier.

Descent as for Barrier the easiest is to walk down between Barrier and Valken then take the abseil to the base. This is called Barrier Ravine. Alternatively you could walk over and take Kasteel Poort down, but its not clear which is easier as they are both straight forward.

Valken Face **** E2 or 14 P.H.Andrews, H. Exner, J.W. Fraser 1924 "A popular route for the average party"

Start:10m left of Barrier Cave was a Hottentot Cherry Tree. Pitch 1. 13m (E2 or 14) Climb the face slightly right of the tree, moving left towards the top.

Pitch 2. 13m (C/D or Very Easy) From the ledge directly above the tree climb up and diagonally right.

Pitch 3. 25m (E1 or 13) Straight up through a gap in the overhang, continue to the gully.

Pitch 4. 20m (D or 12) Climb the sheer but easy face which faces Barrier Ravine.

Pitch 5. 20m (B/C or scramble) From 4m behind the last stance climb through a wormhole to a ledge From there climb on the right and then in the gully facing Barrier Ravine.

Walk to Upper Buttress. Approach via the minor rock steps between the bushy ledge to the right of the amphitheater. When two steps up, bear left until directly below s large overhang chimney on the buttress above.

Pitch 6. 11m (C/D or 11/12) The face on the right of the bushy recess is climbed. Walk to the left for a few meters.

Pitch 7. 7m (E2 or 14) A white open book recess. start on the left wall, end on the right wall.

Pitch 8. 5m (C) Walk left along the ledge until it peters out. Climb via a jutting 0 out fllake to the broad ledge above. Walk to the left for 12m.

Pitch 9. 33m (E2 or 14) Climb the vertical while face for 6m to a narrow ledge. Traverse along this to the right for 12 to the base of a crack. Step right onto the lip of the overhang, move up 1m, then left to the crack which is then climbed to the stance 15m above.

Pitch 10. 13m (D) The Grooved Traverse Pitch: Climb the chimney for 3m until under the overhang. swing left for 3m on good holds, at the corner ease into the groove, then continue along and down for a total of 7m into the head of the gully.

Pitch 11. 10m (C) Traverse left along a narrow exposed ledge. Walk about 12m left.

Pitch 12. 20m (D) Climb first the right then the left wall to the top of a deep chimney. Behind is another short chimney which exists on the left.


Valken Ravine ( Left Hand) Valken Ravine ( Right Hand)



Valken Crag ** F1 or 16 D.M. Carter, B. Fletcher, L. Scoble 1950

A pleasant route with a disjointed top section. Start: about 6m left of the tree at the start of Valken Face.

Pitch 1. 8m (F2 or 17) Pull through a black corner. climb up about a meter on the face and traverse left to a small corner. Pull up, then move right and up to the ledge above.

Pitch 2. 9m (F1 or 16) Scramble left over a boulder to a small black amphitheater to the left of the second pitch of Barrier Ravine. Climb unto a small cave under an overhang, using the block to the left swing around the block and move up to a stance.

Pitch 3. Scramble up some minor rock-work and slog up Barrier Ravine to the upper sections. Where the slope abuts the main buttress, there is a large and apparent overhang. The Parapet Starts immediately to the left of the overhang, but Crag continues way over to the right where there is a square shaped overhang about 20m up. In a fault slightly to the right are the pitches which lead up to and turn this overhang. Scramble up about 6m to a large beacon.

Pitch 4. 15m (E3 or 15) Layback up the edge of some large clean-cut flakes, below an obvious fault to a stance about 6m up. Continue up a smooth, slightly overhanging right angled recess. Beneath the overhang at the top of the recess traverse left to a stance around the corner on top of the square overhang.

Pitch 5. 5m (E2 or 14) From a huge poised boulder on the left, climb a clean, mildly exposed face to a broad ledge.

Pitch 6. 7m (D or 12) The next stance is reached via an easy corner to the right.

Pitch 7. 10m ( E2 or 14) A tricky start up a crack for 3m. Above this, traverse left and up to a ledge 3m wide. The ledge to the left tapers down to about 0.5m. Continue aling for about 12m where the ledge boradens slightly before petering out on the face.

Pitch 8. 14m (E3 or 15) Climb 3m up a black projecting corner on the left face, to a narrow ledge. Traverse 5m left along this ledge where, by a wide step across onto a broken face a small stance 5m up and left is reached. {Sorry, the grammar here is horrendous, but this is a verbatim copied from the 1978 guide. Please climb it and better this!}

Pitch 9. 14m (E3 or 15) climb a 6m crack above the stance and continue up easy rock to a broad ledge. It is possible to traverse off from here.

Pitch 10. 23m (E2 or 14) Start up a corner 7m right. After a hard start the route veers right to the final beacon.


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