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Both the Pup and the Maltese Cross are included in the 2008 Wolfberg Cracks (Southern Cedarberg) guide by Tony Lourens.
Plenty of potential for new routes!
The Route was climbed by Adam Liebenberg and (Me) Rudi Feldtman on the 31st March 2018
We named it “Puppy on Tiles’’ graded at 15+. The route goes right of the prominent nose a few meters right of Short and Sweet.
Pitch 1 (20m) 15+ : Climb from corner Diagonally Right up a grey wall above orange band to a fragile chicken head. Follow thin vertical crack straight up to a ledge.
Pitch 2 (5m) 14+ : From Ledge stand on boulder facing away from ledge, do awkward pull into a sloped corner up to horizontal rails. Rail left all the way to a ledge.
Pitch 3 (10m) 12: Walk to obvious big vertical crack at the back of ledge. Climb right of large vertical crack rail out until onto face, follow easy line straight up to small ledge where you pass a short crack on your left follow this up and scramble out.
- South Crack 23/24 (N)
The obvious crack line running up the South side of the cross, through the crux roof at two thirds height, then straight to top. Good gear, but would be a hard onsight. Abseil from horn above the Original Route.
FFA: R. Halsey 30/10/2010
Note: It appears that there has been no recorded free ascent prior to mine, however it seems odd that someone hasn't freed it before given that the cross is quite famous and the route isn't that hard.
So if you know of an earlier free ascent please correct the info.
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