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Cape Peninsula

by Tony Lourens

Blue Mountain Publishing

The Cape Peninsula is renowned for its world-famous landmark, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature – Table Mountain and the Table Mountain chain. This rugged mountain chain creates an undulating ridge, which forms the backbone of the Peninsula, starting from the striking front of Table Mountain that overlooks the city, running through the beautiful and exposed Silvermine Reserve, over the cave-riddled Kalk Bay mountains and ending in the Cape of Good Hope Reserve at Cape Point – the very tip of the Peninsula.

Fortunately for climbers in Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula is blessed with a string of great crags giving very diverse climbing from short powerful routes on the bulging quartzite crags of Trappieskop and Peer’s Cave, the ever-popular faces of the Silvermine crags, to the very steep and mega-pumpy crags of The Mine and The Hole. As far as grades are concerned, there is something for everyone. Crags like Lakeside Pinnacle, Lower Silvermine and Higgovale Quarry are popular among beginners and for those who want a relaxing day at the crag, while Silvermine Main Crag and Fawlty Towers takes one up a notch or two. Whatever your desires, there are many routes on quality sandstone, just waiting to be caressed by your fingertips. Just go out and get ’em!

Sectors in alphabetical order:

Foreign Policy18 climbs in 3 sectors
Higgovale Quarry24 climbs in 2 sectors
Lakeside Pinnacle17 climbs in 4 sectors
Peer’s Cave54 climbs in 6 sectors
Silvermine Crags98 climbs in 6 sectors
Skoorsteen Kop12 climbs in 2 sectors
The Hole45 climbs in 3 sectors
The Mine64 climbs in 5 sectors
Trappieskop39 climbs in 6 sectors
Underside28 climbs in 5 sectors


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