Type: Trad, 230 ft, 3 pitches
FA: C Butler, H Davis, JE Henry, MP Mamacos, GW Rose
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Shared By: David Crockett on Feb 17, 2013
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Description

A must do classic. This route is an excellent introduction the airy traverses found on Table Mountain.

Approach:

Facing the mountain, hike to the far left side of Staircase Ledge. You will have to shuffle around an awkward boulder and step onto a well worn tree. This marks the start of the route.

P1, 12 meters, grade 14. Starting from the tree climb a crack near the arĂȘte until you reach an overhang. Build a cramped belay in the pod below the overhang.

P2, 35 meters, grade 16. From the pod traverse right on a system of parallel horizontal hand cracks and juggy rails. Traverse up and right until you reach a corner. Then look for a vertical crack system. Climb these cracks until they give way to a good belay ledge.

Route finding is a little tricky for me on this pitch. I just climb right and up and hope for the best. If someone has better beta, then please post it in the comments.

P3, 20 meters, grade 15. Shuffle to the left side of the belay ledge. Pull one hard move off the ledge, and then scramble to the summit. Prepare to be heckled by tourists from the cable car.

Location

Check in with the staff at CityRock for better directions to Staircase Ledge, and more information about climbs on Table Mountain. The guidebook unfortunately is out of print, but they are happy to make photocopies for visiting climbers.

Protection

50 meter half ropes are encouraged on Table Mountain because most of the routes require long traverses. In my experience the majority of South Africans use half ropes.

Single rack of cams (BD #0.3 - #3)
Single set of stoppers
Lots of slings

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