The Alley

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The Alley

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Climbing TypeSport
Crag GradientOverhanging
Walk in{{{Walkin}}}
Crag AspectAfernoon shade.
ProvinceWestern Cape
AreaCogmans Kloof

You can walk to the Alley from De Bos. This takes about 20 minutes. Either walk down the river or follow a higher (good) path along the mountainside. Either way, the last part of the walk-in involves a steep hike up the hillside on a bad path to get to the Alley.

This is a great crag for summer as it is mostly in the shade.


On the slab on the facing the Main Wall:

  • Lolita 18 [6B] Ken Schumann 1999
  • Slag 18 [6B] Ken Schumann 1997

Main Wall:

  • The Passion gap Maker 26 [4B] Clinton Martinengo 2022
  • Pressing Romance 32 [5B] Clinton Martinengo 2022
  • Separation Anxiety 29 [6B] Clinton Martinengo 2022
  • Taxi Ride 29 [12B] Steve Bradshaw (snr) 2022 Starts on Butter Glut and continues to end on Baseball Bat Treatment.
  • Butter Glut 26 [6B] Craig Bruton 1997
  • Gangsta Rap 25 [5B] Craig Bruton 1997
  • True Romance 24 [6B] Deon Hugo 1997
  • Romancing the Stone 23 [6B] Deon Hugo 1997
  • Hired Hands 23 [6B] Steve Downing 1997
  • Baseball Brat 25 [5B] Steve Bradshaw Snr 2022
  • Baseball Bat Treatment 28 [6B] Guy Holwill 1997
  • Zero Tolerance 25 [4B] Craig Bruton 1997

Further up the gully:

  • Fat Albert–ing 25 [4B] Guy Holwill 1997
  • Forced Entrée 27 [5B] Ken Schumann 1998
  • A Slight Mugging 24 [7B] Guy Holwill 1997
  • Blunt Instrument 25 [4B] Guy Holwill 1997
  • Unnecessary Crêpe 27 [5B] Jeremy Samson 1997
  • Elephant Hitman 24 [5B] Doug Ward 1998
  • Gangster's Paradise 24 [5B] Guy Holwill 1997

Too much butter, one pancake too many, first ascentionists feeling heavy, so grades maybe soft. (This is reflected in route names.) Crag named for Alley McMammut, a fictional obese Boston lawyer not unlike the first ascentionists who stuffed their faces before climbing.