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Camerons Route *** E2
A. Cameron and B. Cameron 1936
"A long, popular classic, but only because no other easy route goes up this impressive wall"
Start: The ridge up the start of the Climbing proper begins on the right of the Du Toits Kloof Hotel, and leads down almost to the river. Walk up the ridge to the first high rock band. This takes approximately 1.5 hours from the hotel. The first Pitch is up a steep little gully towards the left side of the buttress.
Pitch 1. 10m (E2) Pull up into a crabby chimney/crack ( Awkward). Continue up the gully to a long grassy ramp 5m higher. Poor rock on this pitch. Walk 25m to the top of the slope.
Pitch 2. 10m (D) The scruffy short rock step is climbed in the grassy corner, to the shoulder where the main rib now runs at a right angle to the cliff above. Walk up to the left edge under a tall recessed corner.
Pitch 3. 20m (C) Step up and traverse diagonally left to a little stance around the side, below some grotty looking ramps.
Pitch 4. 20m (E1) Continue up the ramp to a section of broken faces.
Pitch 6. 10m (C) A Bushy gully leads to below a steep orange wall
Pitch 7. 30m (E2) Climb a steep water worn face to get into a slanting chimney next to the orange wall. Climb this and a grassy chute above. Another 10m higher is a shoulder where the ridge turns left. Scramble up the for 1.5 rope lengths to the face above.
Pitch 8. 45m (C) Just right of the edge, climb an easy face to a traverse line left, just as the rock starts to look awkward above.
Pitch 9. 12/m (E1) Starting with a step up, the exposed edge of the corner is climbed.
Pitch 10. One and a half rope lengths, (B). Up a grassy chute, followed by nondescript rock.
Pitch 11. 35m (E1) Climb just right of the knife-edge to a platform.
Pitch 12. 30m (B) Scramble to the next step in the knife edge.
Pitch 13. 30m (E2) A Tall pillar split by a classic jam crack is climbed to 20m to a small stance. Only 2 loose prongs at the start mar an otherwise 5 star pitch.Continue by swinging right around the corner and ascending to easier ground.
Pitch 14. 45m (C) Another grassy gully to a ledge.
Pitch 15. 50m (C) Up the left side of the arete to a chockstone-blocked chimney next to a smooth gendarme.
Pitch 16. 25m (E1) Step up to the right of he chockstone, do an awkward move on the corner, continue t a ledge at a wall with a vertical slit in it. Belay over in the corner on the right.
Pitch 17. 5m (E2) A short sharp struggle up the wide crack to a ledge.
Pitch 18. 22m (E1) Some grotty gullies, then an awkward crack is climbed to a rock platform where the ridge now lies back at an easy angle.
Pitch 19. Scramble to the final beacon.
Descent One can go to the summit and follow the normal route down to the vlaktes, or slog up only a short way to a traverse ledge below the summit band. Traverse towards CTN (A beacon on a flat rock on the corner marks the correct level). A Short pull at the end leads to a vlaktes. Then keep near the edge closest to the pass, and angle down diagonally to the connecting neck at the back of the Pisa/Exposure towers. From here by scrambling down easy slabs and ramps on the side of a huge water course cleft, the saddle at the top of the descent gully is reached. An alternative to this steep rough gully is to continue across the vlakte to the path down the A Ridge to Nuweland farm.
" A well beaconed, pleasant summer route with nice pools."
Description: Directly opposite the Du Toits Kloof hut, (on the other side of the kloof), is a larger waterfall dropping down the ride of the ridge. While there is an easy route which adheres to the left side of the waterfall, this route goes up the center ridge which divides the falls into two portions.
After crossing the Du Toits Kloof stream, head for a point about 50m above the junction point of the two ravines which form the falls. Here the first beacon will be found.
The route goes up the ridge above the beacon, occasionally crossing to the right or left. Much variation is possible, even an occasional "D" pitch. in Season many red disas can be seen.
A High, attractive waterfall (45m) near the top is bypassed on the right. Exposure in F Major
Firecracker * F3 M2
H. Boshoff, P. Dawson 1974
"Daunting and Dangerous"
Start: The Route commences 10m left of Exposure, On a pitch sometimes used as a start to Thunderbolt.
Pitch 1. 40m (G1) Start 2m left of a right angled open-book capped by an overhang at 10m. Climb a recess diagonally left for 20m. Move up 5m into a V-shaped recess. Climb this, moving out right at the top. Climb up 2m. Cross over to the left (G1) and climb easy rock leftwards to a ledge.
Pitch 2. 15m (F1) Climb a recess straight above to another ledge.
Pitch 3. 30m (F3) Climb straight up for 4m then step left onto a corner. Climb diagonally left until it is possible to move up under the roof of the overhang. Traverse delicately right to a small stance.
Pitch 4. 35m (F2/M1) Climb diagonally right 7m until it's possible to break diagonally left through the overhang using one piton. Climb up 7m to the base of a Lay-back crack. "Aid" up the crack and face just to the left of it until its possible to move left to a stance.
Pitch 5. 15m (F2/M2) Climb the rib on the left of the stance. Traverse right to the crack on the right of an enormous hanging block above. Aid up the crack, moving left a the top then up to a small stance.
Pitch 6. 15m (M1) Aid up to a roof and to the left past a red block. Continue up the crack until equipment runs out and make a stance in the crack below the main roof.
Pitch 7. 20m (F2/M1) Continue aiding up the crack until its possible to turn a small rectangular overhang on the left. Continue up for 2m until it possible to free-climb onto a grey nose on the right and climb steep rock to a small stance.
Pitch 8. 12m (F1) Climb up to a big ledge above.
Pitch 9. 30m (F3/M1) Climb up the crack on the right of the brown recessed face above. Traverse left at the top- second half of the traverse is free. Free-climb up a chimney 6m to a stance.
Pitch 10. 25m (F3/M2) Climb diagonally left across a steep face for 13m. Move up to a "Blockish" overhang. Aid through an obvious break to the right and continue aiding with difficulty up the break to a stance.
Pitch 11. 35m (F2) Traverse right into the obvious exit chimney, which leads to a big ledge at the top.
Pitch 12. Walk 10m right along the ledge and climb broken faces to the top.
Howes Howell's Route
Pins and Needles ** F2
M. Snijders and H. Snijders 1968
This is a summer climb and one needs a long day to do it. Don't forget your headlamp.
Start: In the center of Witteberg, directly above the hotel and under the very summit, a wall plunges down about 200m below the start of surrounding climbs such as Camerons and Exposure.
Cross the river behind the hotel and follow the path as it winds its way through trees int he ravine and eventually peters out. Continue more or less straight up to the wall to a point some 60m left of a low waterfall undercut by a huge red overhang. The route starts on a ledge marked by a few trees which are conspicuous because the grow a bit higher up against the rock than the surrounding bush.
Pitch 1. 18m (E3) Start from the left end of the ledge. Climb 6m diagonally left to a ledge. Walk 4m left to a shallow right-angled recess. Climb the left corner and continue up 4m to a good stance.
Pitch 2. 36m (E1) From the right end of the stance, climb up over a prominent flake and continue straight up over easy rock to a recess left of undercut slabs.
Pitch 3. 40m (E3) Traverse along broken footrails right to a shallow, narrow recess. Climb up to the top of the slab, then traverse further right to a spacious ledge.
Pitch 4. 30m (E3) Walk right and climb up to a tree growing in a steep, recessed corner. From the level of the foot of the tree, traverse right around a corner. Continue along a climbing traverse 6m right, then climb up through a break to the end of the first section.
Walk a short distance up the gully and cross it to reach a point where the wall coming in from the right dips down in an easy corner. Further left it becomes a scruffy ramp.
Pitch 5. 110m (C) Climb a short face section, then scramble up along the cleanest line diagonally right to the highest point on some broken ledges. Belay at a tree growing at the foot of an overhanging wall and close to the crest of the buttress. Notes: Please confirm the length of this pitch
Pitch 6. 16m F1) Start just right of the tree. Climb up to a big tuft of tough grass which is avoided by a short slab on the right. Traverse 8m right under a line of overhangs, then climb up to the top of a block perched on the crest of the buttress over some 200m of air.
Pitch 7. 18m (F1) Climb the short vertical face above the stance, then a narrow fault above the right edge of the block. Broken rock leads to a good stance.
Pitch 8. 18m (E2) Climb up right and then up a narrow recess on the crest to gain a rocky platform right of the crest.
Pitch 9. 26m (F1) An awkward take off on to the crest is followed by ascending a shallow recess left of the crest. Climb up to a conspicuous slip under the right edge of an overhang (avoid a perched tongue of rock ). Squirm through the slit, traverse around to the right on a balcony, and climb up too the end of this section.
Scramble straight up and around the base of a squat pinnacle and up a steep gully on the left to a small saddle.
Pitch 10. 30m (E2) Start from the center of the saddle. Climb straight up a slightly bulging face to a stance immediately right under a big overhang.
Pitch 11. 30m (E3)Climb a recess to the left of an overhang to a ledge under higher overhangs. Move 6m right to a wide ledge on the crest, then climb up through a gap in the overhangs to the left. 3 m higher there is again a break in an overhang, which gives access to a narrow ledge under a yellow overhang.
Pitch 12. 33m (E3) Climb diagonally right across a slab to agap next to an overhang. Climb 5m up a recess, then move right and continue up a series of slabs and corners to exit eventually on a wide ledge to the left on the crest of the buttress.
Pitch 13. 33m (E3) Climb 7m diagonally left to a thin crest next to a chimney, Climb the crest until it becomes possible to cross left above the chimney to a stance in a grassy corner.
Pitch 14. 28m (E2) Climb up on the right side of the fault above the stance, then cross the fault to a narrow crest on its left. Climb the crest to a small stance at the foot of a crack.
Pitch 15. 15m (E3) Climb a crack and move out left to easy rock on top of the first pinnacle.
Pitch 16. Walk around an isolated crown on the ridge. Climb the next step halfway between the crest of the ridge and the gully on its right (9m "D"). Scramble up to a rock platform some way up from the base of the next pinnacle and right of its crest.
The somewhat illogical things that follow results from the need to stay out of the obvious gully to the right, which Gruft used.
Pitch 17. 25m (F1) Climb about 2m up the red wall on the side of the pinnacle, then semi-hand-traverse to the crest. Climb up the crest to the lever of a big detached block. A climbing traverse some 8m left ends at a good stance.
Pitch 18. 30m (E3) From the right end of the stance climb 8m up a face and crack, then move along a ledge left, and continue up broken rock to the end of the second pinnacle.
Pitch 19. 90m (D) Easy and pleasant rockwork on the left side of the final pinnacle leads to a small saddle between this pinnacle and the final face. Scramble up another 15m to a ledge.
Pitch 20. 27m (E2) Traverse left to a broken corner at the end of the ledge. Climb the corner and proceed up to a sloping ledge under a bulge. Move up diagonally right to a narrow ledge. Walk 3m right, then climb 8m to a narrow ledge on the top of a flake.
Pitch 21. 30m (F2) Walk to the right end of the ledge and then climb 3m to an undercut corner. A delicate climbing traverse some 8m right and slightly up, leads to a bulging corner. Climb more of less straight up to a generous ledge.
Pitch 22. Traverse along the ledge into a prominent gully to the right. 2 or 3 sections of easy rock uip the gully complete the route.
Too Late to be Cautious