Climbs 192
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 1858m a.s.l
Faces W

The impressive sixth pitch of Tafelberg Frontal - only Hard Severe! © phantom whistler

Crag features

Just about the best trad climbing around on huge compact sandstone walls.

Good topo here:

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

Approach notes

From Cape Town drive north along the N7 to Citrusdal. Take the turn off to Algeria. Continue over the Uitkyk Pass. After descending the other side turn left to Driehoek (the first turn off). The road turns into a single track and stay left to park at the end under some oak trees. (2.5 hours) 

Cross over the river and walk along the dirt track towards Tafelberg and the Welbedacht kloof. The path crosses over the stream low down and winds up the dry kloof. Finally the stream is heard bubbling away. Fill up some water here as this is the last spot en route for water until you reach the top. Continue to the jeep-track / contour path and turn right following this for a short distance. A cairn on the left marks the single track turn off. Make your way through a marsh and up the vague gully to the higher vlakte. There is an alternative camp for tired walkers a few hundred meters off the path to your left at this point (close to some boulders). Water can often be found in the stream nearby. (2.5 - 3 hours)

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Main Wall
  Thread the Needle Sector
3 The Strainer 16 *  
4 North-West Pillar
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11 *  
5 Thimble 15 *  
6 Needle Naadle Noo
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15 *  
7 Pedestal Corner
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13 *  
8 Sew and Sew
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11 *  
9 Thread the Needle
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10 *  
  Rooibosch Sector
11 Percolator 22 ***  
12 Teapot Wall 15 **  
13 Rooibosch 18 ***  
14 Earl Grey 19 ***  
15 Tea Bag 15 **  
16 SA Alpine Club Route
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18 *  
17 Welbedacht Crack
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12  
  Maiden's Sector
19 Ice Tea 20 ***  
20 Lemon 14 **  
21 Amarula 23 ***  
22 Cape Velvet 25 ***  
23 Mothers 18 **  
24 Make Tea Not War 20 **  
25 Cosy Corner 17 **  
26 Cosy Corner Direct 21 **  
27 Maiden Voyage
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16 *  
28 Graaff's Variation to Tafelberg Frontal
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12 *  
29 Maiden's Prayer 16 ***  
30 Baboon Speak 21 *** 1
31 Maiden's Dare 19 ***  
32 In Search of the Lost Chord 21 **  
33 Danger Shrew 24 ***  
  Frontal Sector
35 Life in the Freezer 25 ***  
36 Bat 21 ***  
37 Dithering Heights 25 ***  
38 The Swan 24 ***  
39 The Crow 24 *** 1
40 Gotham City 23 ***  
41 Stargate 20 ***  
42 Crouching Tiger Hidden Giraffe 24 *** 1
43 Grappler 19 ***  
44 The Occidental Express 23 **  
45 Iridium Flash 26 *** 1
46 The Jedi Fish 20 ***  
47 Tafelberg Frontal 13 **  
48 Saucerer 19 *  
49 Boomerang 16 *  
50 Boomerang Direct 19 **  
51 Central Direct 20 **  
52 Digereedoo 18 ***  
53 Vuvuzela 23 ***  
54 Freedom Feather 21 ***  
55 Boombox 24 **  
56 Whistling Woozle 22 ***  
  Right Sector
58 Nambarrie 23 ***  
59 Snake in the Grass 23 ***  
60 Route X 18 **  
  South Wall
  Blue Planet Sector
63 Buckshee 19 *  
64 Peg Leg 18 *  
65 Neptune
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25 ***  
66 Poseidon
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25 ***  
67 Before the Flood
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28 ***  
68 Poseidon Adventure
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29 ***  
69 Blue Planet 25 ***  
70 Blue Planet Direct 25 ***  
71 Fight To the Death 28 *  
72 White Noise
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25 ***  
73 Ghost Rider
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24 **  
74 Lord Foul's Bane 22 ***  
75 Drool Rockworm 21 *  
76 Pure Mania 22 ***  
77 Spice Dice
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22 ***  
  Black Ice Sector
79 Diced Ice 22 ***  
80 Black Ice 19 ***  
81 Two Blind Mice 21 ***  
82 Kif 22 *** 1
83 White and Sweaty 22 **  
84 Back in Black 23 **  
85 Footsteps in the Corridor
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21 **  
86 Cutback 18 **  
87 Trans-Atlantic Railroad
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22 **  
88 Oceans of Air 23 *** 1
89 Sneak 20 **  
90 A Chain of Voices 21 ** 1
91 Mirrors of Time 23 **  
92 The Realist
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19 **  
93 Optimist Prime
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26 ***  
94 The Optimist 21 *  
  Big Groove Sector
96 Big Groove 20 ***  
97 Big Groove Direct 20 ***  
98 Groove Amandla 26 ***  
99 The Gully Buttress
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8 *  
100 Night Cap
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17 *  
  East Wall
  Short 'n Sweet Sector
103 Short 'n Sweet 19 **  
104 The Bitter End 21 **  
105 Bitter Sweet 21 **  
  Brooding Sector
107 Threshold of a Dream 14 *  
108 Dark and Brooding 15 *  
  Motopsychosis Sector
110 Into the Haze 19 *  
111 Into the Haze Direct 19 *  
112 Motopsychosis 16 *** 1
113 Settler's Way 14 *  
114 Berrisford's Route
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10  
115 And Now For Something Completely Different 15 *  
116 It's a Hose Man 15 *  
117 Deep Throat 16 *  
  The Vague Sector
119 Burrel's Route
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8  
120 Watson's Route
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8  
121 Illusion
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17  
  Descent Gully
123 The Crack
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16 *  
124 The Salesman
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15 *  
125 Tradesman's Entrance
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15 *  
126 Shy Zebra
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23 **  
  Comes a Time Wall
128 Field of Opportunity
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21 ***  
129 Wild Innocence
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25 ***  
130 Four Strong Winds
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25 *** 1
131 Echoes and Shadows
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25 ***  
132 Out of the Blue
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25 ***  
133 Comes a Time
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20 *** 1
134 Harvest of Seasons
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20 **  
135 Human Highway
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22 *** 2
136 Nerves of Steel
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23 ***  
137 The Arbitrator
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15 *  
  The Boulder
139 Dave's Route
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25 **  
140 Lekkarete
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18 ***  
141 Dunno What it's Called
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17 **  
142 Tenesmus
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23 **  
143 Carte Blanche
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21 **  
  Apathy Wall
145 One Brown Mouse
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19 **  
146 Gusto
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22 **  
147 Mucho Gusto
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23 **  
148 Shack Shake
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21 **  
149 Hackaroo
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20 **  
150 Zest
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20 **  
151 Sympathy
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19 **  
152 Apathy
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15 **  
153 Scout Power
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19 **  
154 Tuna Fingers
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21 **  
155 Energy
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17 **  
156 Short on Joy
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20 **  
157 Arete Route
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18 **  
158 Hourglass
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17 *  
159 Sundial
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15 *  
  Pillar Box
161 Original Route
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17 ***  
162 Time Stone
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19 *** 1
163 Painted Desert
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26 ***  
164 Woodro
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18 *** 1
165 The Postman
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19 **  
166 Deliverance
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21 **  
167 Red Letter Word
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24 **  
168 The Edge of Time
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25 ***  
169 The Amber Phantom
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24 **  
170 Serenity, Tranquility, Peace
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25 **  
171 Merelda
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21 **  
  The Spout
  East Face
174 The South East Corner
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10 *  
175 The Great Crack Route
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10 *  
176 The Rock Basin Route
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11 *  
177 Flaming Woozel
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25 ***  
178 Thumbelina
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16 *  
  Solitaire Wall
180 Eastern Bit
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20 *  
181 New Dawn Fades
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23 *  
182 The Inventor
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21 **  
183 The Cynic
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18 **  
184 Flying High
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24 ***  
185 Go Go Gadget
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23 ***  
186 Any Takers?
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16 **  
187 Pinstripe Sweet
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23 **  
188 Solitaire
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19 *  
189 Green Eggs and Ham
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18 **  
  North Face
191 The Pulpit Rock Route
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12 *  
192 The Central Route
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11 *  
193 Encore Crag 13 *  
194 Original Route
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10 *  
195 The Descent Route
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6 *  
196 The Traverse Route
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11 *  
197 Tinkerbell 16 *  
198 Pocket Aces
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21 ***  
199 The Nose and Flake Route
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10 *  
200 The North-West Corner
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10 *  
  West Face
202 Candle Man 23 **  
203 Baldrick's Finale
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15 **  
204 Danger Mouse 23 ***  
205 Patchwork 14 *  
206 Titbit 16 *  
207 Dogmatix 20 **  
208 Vital Statistix 22 ***  
209 Bazooka Radeo 25 ***  
  South Face
211 The Spout '64 Route 22 **  
212 Oscillation 21 ***  
213 Where Eagles Dare 24 **  
214 It Takes 2 to Tango 25 ***  
215 49 South Face Route 16 *  
216 By Thunder
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13 *  
217 Thunder Crag 17 *  
218 The Gem *
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19 ** 1
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