Africa Amphitheatre

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Africa Amphitheatre, is the obvious North-East face that overlooks the City of Cape Town. It is home to two classic routes, one being "Africa Amphitheatre" and the modern "The Constant Gardener" (originally named "Africa Safari" by Tini Versfeld the climber who envisioned it.)

The classic Right Face - Arrow Face traverses the amphitheatre more or less at its lower third and provides a convenient point to abseil to the bottom of the amphitheatre from a sturdy tree.

No Horizon (24?)

A lonely, exposed pitch consisting of a horizontal roof and steep crack that is visible from Tafelberg road, near the top pitch of Africa Ampitheatre. It could now be done as an alternative, hard last pitch to African Safari.

Access: To be done as a single pitch: From the upper cable station, walk towards Platteklip, passing two viewing areas with railings. The next lookout has a stone wall. From here, in the direction of Devil's Peak, one can see a huge, egg-shaped boulder on the edge. About 20m left, as viewed from here, is the top of the pitch. Abseil from good sling points above the left wall of the corner, to a platform. Scramble down over a boulder to another ledge below the route.

Route: 30m (24?) Gain the roof and crank through the obvious flake and crack (about 4m long) to the lip, and then follow the steep crack system, taking the right split at the top of the steep section. The top third is still a bit lichenous, but at this stage the business is over. Concensus grading needed

FA R. Halsey (rope solo) 6 Feb 2012

Location of No Horizon relative to upper cable station. The face where you abseil in is about 10m to the right of the route from this perspective.

The Constant Gardener

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African Safari (The Constant Gardener) 22

Various individuals have climbed this route but there has not been an independent on-sight ascent yet. As a consequence the grades are debatable depending on the individuals. The photo topo was posted by Snort and this reflects his "take on the grades". Pitch 6 is solid 23 if you are a shorter than 153cm. Willem Le Roux thought the pitch was grade 18!)

200 vertical metres of consistent climbing directly above Cape Town Best climbed in afternoon shade or a cool day. Easiest approach along Arrow Face Right Face traverse. Abseil point from cherry tree below enormous detached feature mid traverse. Abseil down for first 2 pitches from “base camp”. 50 metre rope just adequate.

1. Climb break in the centre of the wall in line with the abseil to a ledge. 20m (21)

2. Climb the short wall above through the roof. Up cleaned rock, slightly right at small overhang, pull through and diagonally left to cherry tree. 30m (20)

3. Scramble on the outside of anvil shaped feature and left to the tip. 15m (12)

4. From the tip of the anvil rail 1m left and climb straight up. Up the slab above to a thin crack break above small overlap. Up this, up to a higher rail to rest on the right under another small overhang. Up to small ledge above on the left. 25m (22)

5. Straight up to corner leading to the roof. Move left until an undercling and footholds enable one to reach above the overhang. Up the wall on the left to a ledge. 15m (22). Move further left if you cannot reach the hold from the undercling and do a hard mantel!

6. Walk 15m left to a corner leading to a rail through the roof. Climb up and left to the blunt arete. Straight up this. Continue in a straight line to chain on big block in middle of bushy ledge. 30m (22)

7. 5m to the left is a white arete. Climb up on the pockets, up the break above tending left to below the obvious undercut chimney feature. Puzzle this out and finish at a chain just above. 40m (22)

8. Up 5m to a ledge. Walk left and climb juggy wall to the top. 40m including walk (16)

On the same level on the ledge to the right is a chain abseil point. 4 abseils off chains around blocks take you back to the traverse line.

Thank you to all those helping Tinie prior to 1st complete ascent: Brian Godfrey; Snort, Tony and Douw; Nic Abrahams; Dirk Versfeld; Ross Suter. Also Mary Jenner. 1st complete ascent: T Versfeld and D Birkett. 13 Dec 2014