Climbs 186
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 734m a.s.l

The most improbable VS ever. © Jonny2vests

Crag features

Table Mountain is probably the first thing you notice as you drive or fly into Cape Town. It is "mesa" that stands ominously above the city. It offers excellent trad climbing with incredible views to go with it. Table Mountain is a National Monument, hence no bolting is allowed. Also, it is almost always possible to protect whatever you might be climbing with removable "trad gear" although there are some fixed pieces in situ. (a 32/8b climb was put up in July 2003). There are several abseil (rappel) points at strategic places; some with bolts and chains to assist with descents. Should you wish to take the cable car to the top, be sure to get there about a half hour prior to opening time to avoid the long queues in tourist season and on the weekends and public holidays in good weather.

Table Mountain has three main climbing areas that are accessible from the lower cable station. The first two areas can be seen from the lower station and are the two obvious buttresses that are visible up and to the left. The main climbing area that is home to the quality routes is situated on the final 100m or so of rock cliffs that support the upper cable way station on the north-east side (Africa Ledge) overlooking the city and also the west side (Fountain Ledge) that graces one with the most spectacular views of the Atlantic seaboard and sunsets that get sucked into the ocean.

Good topo here:

http://www.climbing.co.za/wiki/Table_Mountain

Approach notes

From the city centre drive up Kloof Street (you will start to see signs indicating the way. The road turns into Kloof Nek higher up) when you get to the top of Kloof Nek Road, turn left up Tafelberg road and carry on up. When you see other cars park as close as you can to the cableway station. Walk up the mountain from right of Cable Way Station up the India Venster route but familiarize yourself with the nature of the difficulty by contacting the Mountain Club of South Africa or www.Climb.co.za. There are frequent accidents on this trail and requires a fair level of scrambling experience to do safely (Or take cable car - depending on financial status or how heavy a night you had). It takes about 1.5 hours to walk up to The Ledge.

An interesting article by Karin Magog: http://www.climbonline.co.uk/south_africa.htm
Steve Crowe - 17/Jul/11
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 East of Platteklip 
 Platypus Area 
3The Reckoning
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25  
4Owl Music
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18  
 Upper Right Face 
6Prowling
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26  
7Orion
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24  
8Beetle Juice
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22  
 Africa Ravine 
10Africa Amphitheatre
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20 ** 
11Gardener Wall
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16  
12Gardener Crag
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14  
13Avernus
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16  
14Africa Face
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13 * 
15Africa Addio
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14  
16Africa Sideburn
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17  
 Bust Up Area 
18Africa Bust Up
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19 ***2
19Africa Cleft
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15  
20Africa Nose
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17 * 
21Africa Eyelash
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19 * 
 Africa Crag Nose 
23Atrocity Exhibition
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28  
24Polyphased Deformation
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21  
25Africa Crag12 ***6
26Africa Gullet
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17 **2
27Flaky Dog
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21  
28Oddshouters Outing22 ***3
29Africa Nemesis
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17  
30Tin Can Alley
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20  
 Africa Ledge 
32One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
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29 ** 
33Dynamite26 ***1
34Can Can
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20 * 
35Africa Cracks
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16 **1
36Africa Scandal
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21 * 
37Africa Wall
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16 * 
38Africa Corner
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13 ** 
39Africa Eyrie
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15 ** 
40Atlantic Crag18 ***7
41Tales of Tranquillity
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22  
42Cabbage Fingers
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20  
43Ruminating Crag
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17  
44Local Legend
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24  
45Little Jack Horner17  
46Moonrake
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16 ** 
47Last Three Inches
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20 ** 
48Hard Times
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22 ** 
49Clockwork Orange
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23  
50Gauntlet
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14  
51Sagittarius
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15  
52Arrow Face
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11 ***4
53Africa Salad
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17  
54Rockmeet Special
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14 ** 
 Cock and Bull Buttress 
56TATASC
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23  
57Leo's Route
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20  
58Head Cut
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21  
59Cock and Bull
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24  
60Matador
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25  
61Crank and Pull
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22  
 Upper Africa Ledge 
63African Lunch
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23 ***4
64Mad Dog
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22  
65Out to Lunch
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24 **2
66Synapse
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27 *** 
67Africa Arete
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25 ***3
68Megarail aka Railrunner
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20  
69No longer at Ease
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25 ***3
70Hacksaw
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20 *1
71Mellow Steady Flow
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23 ** 
72Vapour Trail
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28  
 Fountain Ledge 
 Magnetic Wall 
75Africa Edge
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21  
76Quiver Crag
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14  
77Quake
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23 ** 
78Magnetic Wall
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19 ***1
79Touch and Go
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20 ***2
80TATWOC
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25  
81Double Direct
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19 ***1
82Metal Fatigue
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20 * 
 Dream Ledge 
84Arms Race
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23 ***1
85Arms Race Direct
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25  
86Cableway Crag
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16 *** 
87Farewell to Arms
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21 ***1
88Last Tango
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20 ** 
89Space Race23  
90Triple Indirect21 ***4
91Wet Dream
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22  
92Sweet Dreams
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22  
93The Cruise
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21 ** 
94REM
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23 ** 
95The Dream20 ***3
 Cobblestone Gendarme 
97Gang Plank
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17  
98French Connection
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19  
99La Vida
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21  
100Cobblestone Face
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12 ** 
101Avalanche Crag
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16 * 
102Holy Mackerel
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17 ** 
103Companionway
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14  
 Staircase Ledge 
105Jacob's Ladder16 ***48
106The Squid and the Whale
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31 *** 
107Jeopardy
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29 ** 
108Double Jeopardy
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30 *** 
109Roulette Arete25  
110Roulette
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20 ***2
111Captain Hook
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23 **1
112Myrrh
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22 ** 
113Haggai
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20 ** 
114Escalator
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17 ***1
115Boulder Highway
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23  
116Cool Cat
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24 * 
117Pilgrims Progress
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22 * 
118Otis
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22  
119Staircase
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13 ***2
120Scaredy Cat
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25 ** 
121Eternity Road
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23 *** 
 Last Laugh Area 
123The Elevator16 **1
124Finale
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18 ** 
125Boltergeist
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21 ** 
126Phantom Squeeze25  
127Don't Squeeze I'll Laugh
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20 *** 
128Local Hero
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25 ** 
129Tour de Force
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25 ** 
130Last Laugh
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19 ** 
131Point Source
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23  
132Fountain Edge
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16 * 
133Fountain Corner
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16  
134Blackpatch
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14 * 
135Fountain Reach-Up
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21  
 Fountain Ridge 
137Fountain Fandango
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21  
 Lower Buttresses: 
 Right Face Buttress 
140Dashboard
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16 ** 
141Swing Along
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19 ** 
142Arum Scarum
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14 * 
143Right Face11 ***1
144Dilly-Dally
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13 * 
145Twot Not
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16  
 Arrow Buttress 
 Arrow Buttress - Left 
148Bullshoot16 *** 
149Bullseye
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20 *** 
150Gauntlet
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14 * 
151Foxflove
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14 * 
152Hand in Glove
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15 * 
153Brotherly Glove
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21 * 
154Custer's Last Stand
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16 ** 
155Maid Marion
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17 ** 
156Friar Tuck
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16 * 
157Robin Hood
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15 * 
158Crossbow
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13  
159Shot to the Heart
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23 ** 
160William Tell
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16 * 
161Bedlam19 ** 
162Chocolate Eton and Harrow
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16  
163Chocolate Slab16  
 Arrow Buttress - Right 
165Arrow Face
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11 ** 
166Target
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14  
167Take another Chance
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17  
168Bowstring
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18 ** 
169Honeybee
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17 * 
170Arrow Central
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14 * 
171Moonage Daydream
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19 * 
172Manoeuvres by Moonlight
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20 ***2
173A Sudden Loss Of Cabin Pressure
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27  
174Moonlight Direct
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23  
175Direct Pressure
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28  
176Fader's Frontal
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16 ***1
177Left Hall
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20  
178Fraser' Variation to Arrow Buttress
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12 ***6
179Sagittarius
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16  
180Second Helping
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13 ** 
181Sparkplug
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12 **1
182Penny Royal
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10  
183India Waterfall
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9  
 Venster Buttress 
 Venster Buttress - Left 
186India Somersault
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15 *** 
187Picnic Time for Teddy Bears
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17 ** 
188India Daze
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13 * 
189Indian Tonic
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14 * 
190Indian Giver15 ***6
191Wind Me Up
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21 ** 
192Bombay Duck
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17 7
193Quacks
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20 ** 
194Delhi Belly
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22  
195Bombay Chicken
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19  
196Fingerlocking Good
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19 ** 
197India Crag
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11  
198Curry Muncher
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19  
199Gentle Persuasion
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22  
200Fly or Die
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22  
201Garden Boy
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20 * 
 Venster Buttress - Right 
203Vibram Rubber
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16  
204Stone Child
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20 * 
205Indian Rope Trick17 * 
206India Rubber
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12 *** 
207Pappadum
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15 ** 
208Fun Factory
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24  
209Cretin
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19  
210Postern Buttress 'D'HVD **1

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