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Red Column - 5.7

Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00 out of 5
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1950 RF Davies, F Villa Jun 1986 Darryl Margetts, G Margetts, R Diesel (Pitch 2 variation) Jul 1981 P Douglas, M Brunke (Pitch 3 variation
Rock (Trad)
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.7
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 5.00/5
  Rock Quality 5.00/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 5.00/5


The Red Column is an outstanding feature on the right hand side of the kloof about 45m upstream from the point of entry of Boulder Kloof into Tonquani Kloof. 1. 15m E3 11 The first two pitches follow the same route as Staircase. 2. 9m F2 15 These bring one to a point about halfway up the red column, on the downstream side (see Staircase). 3. 15m F1 13 From the ledge with tree belay at which the last pitch ended, traverse right along easy ledge to outer edge of the column. Ascend into an open book. Climb open book until one can move out to the right on to a narrow ledge and peg belay above. 4. 22m F2 15 Climb up to right of stance up a 8m sloping grey slab until steep red rock is reached. Traverse 3m right to a horizontal finger of rock where a running belay can be fixed. From here ascend the shallow steep recess above. Halfway up the recess is a difficult move. At the top of the recess traverse 1,5m right and then pass through a break in the overhang to easy rock, which leads to the top. Note: The route which together with the first two Staircase pitches is on excellent clean rock and affords climbing of consistent standard.

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Submitted by: willemeulen on 2007-08-23
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Route ID: 87947

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  Difficulty 5.7
  Safety Rating G
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: willemeulen on 2007-08-23 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars My 2nd acend

This time I led all pitches (was Jeffrey's first ever trad route and 2nd time on rock). Second pitch I went straight up (variation), according to guide book a 19, but short thow.

Added: 2007-08-23