Klein Hangklip (Rooi Els) - Some questions

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Klein Hangklip (Rooi Els) - Some questions

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Hi

Klein Hangklip caught my eye in the wiki.
Has anyone done it recently (like in the last 20 years)?

Firstly, from the description, it seems like I should get there on the very top road, but there is another road that seems closer.
-maybe it wasn't there yet when the description was written?
-see pic of map.
Anyway not too serious, I'm sure It will become clear when I get there.

Secondly, am I correct in reading these grades as around 10 or 11, and even less?
If I convert the units, it looks like:
P1: 15m, grade 7ish
P2: 26m, grade 5
P3: 12m, grade ??
P4: 18m, grade 7ish
P5: 15m, grade 5
P6: 18m, grade 10ish
P7: 9m, grade 7ish
-really?

Anyway, seems worth exploring.
I'd love to hear from anyone who's done it.
Any info would be appreciated.

-R
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When the RD was written, the only road was Porter Drive.

I've not climbed the route, just hiked up. The easiest approach is from the new, highest road that went to some dude's illegally built house, which burnt down in a fire. Karma I guess.
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I don’t have any info to add. But let me know if you want someone to go climb it with. I’ve been keen to check it out for some time now.
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Anyone keen to go check it out tomorrow (Friday 21-02)?
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I'm keen to go check it out sometime next week.

Not in the country currently
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Well, a friend & I went about 2 months ago (August 2020).

The short dirt road just above town was the obvious approach. It was easy to park at the end near the reservoir, and walk directly to the base (maybe 10 minutes).

After walking back and forth along the base a few times, we didn't find anything that really matched the description, so we just picked what seemed like the most obvious start and went from there, but the route didn't seem to match the description much :-? .

Anyway, we had fun climbing up following our noses. The climbing was super easy (<12) wherever we went, which makes it a nice venue to practice trad techniques while being comfortable on the rock. -that said, consequences are no more forgiving of errors.
It threatened to get dark before we reached the top, so we abseiled off from about 80m up.

I did notice the cliffs on the right (eastern side), although not as high, look steeper with more interesting climbing.
-definitely worth investigating. -especially given the proximity & short walk-in.

-R
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Here is my stripped down version of the route description from the wiki (from the MCSA Journal), with metric distances & modern grades.
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