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Climbing TypeSport
Crag GradientExtremely Overanging
Walk in45 mins
Crag AspectMorning Shade
ProvinceWestern Cape
SectorBad Kloof

The Pipeline has become famous since Sasha DiGuilian opened Miss Behaving (8b+) during her 2013 South African visit. There are only 4 routes at the Pipeline so far, the two remaining projects should prove to be VERY HARD – probably somewhere around the 9a grade.

To get there you walk past Supertubes and then up to the right. It’s quite a scramble to get to the crag (but then again if your climbing 8a this shouldn’t be a problem now, should it?). Approach the ledge from right up gully, be careful. It is possible to abseil using the 2 abseil bolts, but you’re really better off walking than getting your rope stuck. You will need a 60m rope and please don’t forget to tie a knot in the end.

Routes LEFT to Right.

1. Aura 32/8b 11 Bolts + chains BB by Guy Holwill in 1996. FA. Matt Bush 2013.
2. Miss Behaving 33/8b+ 8 Bolts + chains BB by Sean Maasch in 1996. FA. Sasha DiGiulian 2013.
3. <Open Project> 7 Bolts + chains BB by Sean Maasch in 1996.
4. <Open Project> BB by Jeremy Samson in 1999 ?

Pipeline History

Guy Holwill and Sean Maasch found the Pipeline in the mid 90’s with the hopes that the crag would host some of South Africa’s hardest routes and even built a belay base to get comfortable whilst working projects. Aura, formally known as ‘Swank’, was bolted by Guy Holwill around 1996. Miss Behaving used to have grips glued on to it, until Matt Bush removed them with the intent to send the route is natural state. He did not get to complete the route before Sasha came and bagged the first ascent.