Climbs 188
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 734m a.s.l
Faces W

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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 a 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 trad gear, although there are some fixed pieces in-situ.

Should you wish to take the cable car to the top, be sure to get there about 30mins 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 is situated on the final 100m of rock cliffs that support the upper cable station.

Good topo here.

Approach notes

From the city centre drive up Kloof Street. The road turns into Kloof Nek and when you get to the top, turn left up onto Tafelberg road. 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. Alternatively, take the cable car.

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
1 Table mountain summit
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summit 5
  East of Platteklip
  Platypus Area
4 The Reckoning
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25  
5 Owl Music
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18  
  Upper Right Face
7 Prowling
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26  
8 Orion
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24  
9 Beetle Juice
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22  
  Africa Ravine
11 Africa Amphitheatre
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20 **  
12 Gardener Wall
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16  
13 Gardener Crag
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14  
14 Avernus
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16  
15 Africa Face
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13 *  
16 Africa Addio
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14  
17 Africa Sideburn
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17  
  Bust Up Area
19 Africa Bust Up
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19 *** 2
20 Africa Cleft
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15  
21 Africa Nose
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17 *  
22 Africa Eyelash
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19 *  
  Africa Crag Nose
24 Atrocity Exhibition
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28  
25 Polyphased Deformation
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21  
26 Africa Crag 12 *** 11
27 Africa Gullet
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17 ** 3
28 Flaky Dog
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21  
29 Oddshouters Outing 22 *** 3
30 Africa Nemesis
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17  
31 Tin Can Alley
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20  
  Africa Ledge
33 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
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29 **  
34 Dynamite 26 *** 1
35 Can Can
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20 *  
36 Africa Cracks
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16 ** 1
37 Africa Scandal
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21 *  
38 Africa Wall
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16 * 1
39 Africa Corner
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13 **  
40 Africa Eyrie
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15 **  
41 Atlantic Crag 18 *** 10
42 Tales of Tranquillity
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22  
43 Cabbage Fingers
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20  
44 Ruminating Crag
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17  
45 Local Legend
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24  
46 Little Jack Horner 17  
47 Moonrake
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16 **  
48 Last Three Inches
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20 **  
49 Hard Times
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22 **  
50 Clockwork Orange
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23  
51 Gauntlet
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14  
52 Sagittarius
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15  
53 Arrow Face
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11 *** 7
54 Africa Salad
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17  
55 Rockmeet Special
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14 **  
  Cock and Bull Buttress
57 TATASC
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23  
58 Leo's Route
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20  
59 Head Cut
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21  
60 Cock and Bull
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24  
61 Matador
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25  
62 Crank and Pull
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22  
  Upper Africa Ledge
64 African Lunch
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23 *** 4
65 Mad Dog
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22  
66 Out to Lunch
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24 ** 2
67 Synapse
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27 ***  
68 Africa Arete
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25 *** 3
69 Megarail aka Railrunner
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20  
70 No longer at Ease
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25 *** 3
71 Hacksaw
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20 * 1
Climb name Grade
72 Mellow Steady Flow
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23 **  
73 Vapour Trail
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28  
  Fountain Ledge
  Magnetic Wall
76 Africa Edge
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21  
77 Quiver Crag
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14  
78 Quake
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23 **  
79 Magnetic Wall
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19 *** 1
80 Touch and Go
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20 *** 2
81 TATWOC
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25  
82 Double Direct
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19 *** 1
83 Metal Fatigue
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20 *  
  Dream Ledge
85 Arms Race
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23 *** 1
86 Arms Race Direct
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25  
87 Cableway Crag
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16 ***  
88 Farewell to Arms
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21 *** 1
89 Last Tango
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20 **  
90 Space Race 23  
91 Triple Indirect 21 *** 4
92 Wet Dream
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22  
93 Sweet Dreams
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22  
94 The Cruise
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21 **  
95 REM
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23 **  
96 The Dream 20 *** 3
  Cobblestone Gendarme
98 Gang Plank
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17  
99 French Connection
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19  
100 La Vida
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21  
101 Cobblestone Face
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12 **  
102 Avalanche Crag
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16 *  
103 Holy Mackerel
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17 **  
104 Companionway
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14  
  Staircase Ledge
106 Jacob's Ladder 16 *** 47
107 The Squid and the Whale
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31 ***  
108 Jeopardy
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29 **  
109 Double Jeopardy
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30 ***  
110 Roulette Arete 25  
111 Roulette
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20 *** 2
112 Captain Hook
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23 ** 1
113 Myrrh
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22 **  
114 Haggai
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20 **  
115 Escalator
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17 *** 1
116 Boulder Highway
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23  
117 Cool Cat
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24 *  
118 Pilgrims Progress
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22 *  
119 Otis
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22  
120 Staircase
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13 *** 5
121 Scaredy Cat
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25 **  
122 Eternity Road
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23 ***  
  Last Laugh Area
124 The Elevator 16 ** 1
125 Finale
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18 ** 1
126 Boltergeist
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21 **  
127 Phantom Squeeze 25  
128 Don't Squeeze I'll Laugh
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20 ***  
129 Local Hero
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25 **  
130 Tour de Force
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25 **  
131 Last Laugh
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19 **  
132 Point Source
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23  
133 Fountain Edge
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16 *  
134 Fountain Corner
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16  
135 Blackpatch
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14 *  
136 Fountain Reach-Up
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21  
  Fountain Ridge
138 Fountain Fandango
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21  
  Lower Buttresses:
  Right Face Buttress
141 Dashboard
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16 **  
142 Swing Along
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19 **  
Climb name Grade
143 Arum Scarum
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14 *  
144 Right Face 11 *** 1
145 Dilly-Dally
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13 *  
146 Twot Not
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16  
  Arrow Buttress
  Arrow Buttress - Left
149 Bullshoot 16 ***  
150 Bullseye
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20 ***  
151 Gauntlet
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14 *  
152 Foxflove
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14 *  
153 Hand in Glove
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15 *  
154 Brotherly Glove
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21 *  
155 Custer's Last Stand
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16 **  
156 Maid Marion
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17 **  
157 Friar Tuck
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16 *  
158 Robin Hood
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15 *  
159 Crossbow
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13  
160 Shot to the Heart
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23 **  
161 William Tell
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16 *  
162 Bedlam 19 **  
163 Chocolate Eton and Harrow
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16  
164 Chocolate Slab 16  
  Arrow Buttress - Right
166 Arrow Face
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11 ** 1
167 Target
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14  
168 Take another Chance
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17  
169 Bowstring
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18 **  
170 Honeybee
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17 *  
171 Arrow Central
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14 *  
172 Moonage Daydream
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19 *  
173 Manoeuvres by Moonlight
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20 *** 2
174 A Sudden Loss Of Cabin Pressure
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27  
175 Moonlight Direct
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23  
176 Direct Pressure
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28  
177 Fader's Frontal
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16 *** 1
178 Left Hall
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20 1
179 Fraser' Variation to Arrow Buttress
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12 *** 7
180 Sagittarius
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16  
181 Second Helping
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13 **  
182 Sparkplug
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12 ** 1
183 Penny Royal
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10  
184 India Waterfall
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9  
  Venster Buttress
  Venster Buttress - Left
187 India Somersault
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15 ***  
188 Picnic Time for Teddy Bears
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17 **  
189 India Daze
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13 *  
190 Indian Tonic
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14 *  
191 Indian Giver 15 *** 8
192 Wind Me Up
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21 **  
193 Bombay Duck
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17 11
194 Quacks
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20 **  
195 Delhi Belly
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22  
196 Bombay Chicken
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19  
197 Fingerlocking Good
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19 **  
198 India Crag
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11  
199 Curry Muncher
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19  
200 Gentle Persuasion
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22  
201 Fly or Die
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22  
202 Garden Boy
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20 *  
  Venster Buttress - Right
204 Vibram Rubber
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16  
205 Stone Child
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20 *  
206 Indian Rope Trick 17 *  
207 India Rubber
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12 ***  
208 Pappadum
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15 **  
209 Fun Factory
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24  
210 Cretin
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19  
211 Postern Buttress 'D' HVD ** 1
212 India Venster * 2 *** 1
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