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Thunderbolt - Witteberg **** Grade G1

H Graafland and M Scott 1967

A bold route for summer days, strong arms, and good nerves.


The start of the route is the same as that for Exposure in F Major.


  • P1: 30m 13/14. Climb the left hand variation to the first pitch of “Exposure”.
  • P2: 80m B/C. Scramble along the ledge to the left and climb, via a short chimney/crack to the top of a pillar next to a tree.
  • P3: 20m 15 A1. From the pillar move up 5 metres then right (2 pitons) and pull up to a handrail. Continue right to the stance.
  • P4: 18m 15. Climb straight up, then move slightly left and climb up to a ledge. Traverse left to a point directly above the start of pitch (1).
  • P5: 25m 18/19. Pull up through a small overhang then move left. Climb up the recess (6 metres) then swing right to a small ledge. Climb up a shallow recess, past the overhang, then move right to reach a corner. Layback up to a small stance.
  • P6: 35m 14/15. Traverse left around a corner (12 metres), then diagonally up left to a niche. Move up to the right then back left to a small stance. Climb up a jam crack to a better stance (3 metres).
  • P7: 15m 13/14. Move up a recess to brown flakes then up a jam-layback on the left. Move up via large flakes to a stance.
  • P8: 25m 13/14. Walk left to the end of the ledge, then traverse around a bulge to a ledge at the bottom of a gully.
  • P9: 50m 9. Move left into a chimney, ascend this and move out into an open gully.
  • P10: 20m 9. From the block indicating the start of a traverse to the right, step down and continue right and climb up to a grassy ledge.
  • P11: 24m 12/13. Climb a grassy groove and step right at the top. Climb up to an overhang which is side-stepped to the left.
  • P12: 22m 14/15. Climb a V-groove to a creaking block at the back of a crack, swing right on tiny footgrips and pull up onto a small flat ledge. Continue up via a nose to the right to a small stance.
  • P13: 16m 14/15. From the stance swing down to footgrips below a slab. Climb the slab into a scoop. Traverse right across the scoop, step down, cross a crack and up on a rib to the right to a small stance.
  • P14: 18m “D”. Traverse right around a bulging corner.
  • P15: 25m 12/13. Step down, traverse right to a spectacular corner, then up via a smooth hand-jam crack to a stance.
  • P16: 32m 10. Climb a watershoot-type ramp to a small stance below a bottomless crack breaking through an overhang above.
  • P17: 23m 14/15. Climb the crack to below an overhang, step down onto the corner on the right, move around this up past a ledge and up the face above. Traverse left to an exposed corner and up via a crack to a stance.
  • P18: 35m 8/9. Traverse somewhat left and climb more or less straight up to the top.