Jamie Smith taking flight off of The Jeopardy Wall. Photo: Micky Wiswedel

City Bowl (Table Mountain & Lionshead)

Multi Pitch Trad, beginner sport climbing & bouldering are all easily accessible

Jamie Smith taking flight off of The Jeopardy Wall. Photo: Micky Wiswedel

Climbing high on Table Mountain, Upper Africa Ledge. Photo: Mickey Wiswedel

City Bowl (Table Mountain & Lionshead)

Multi Pitch Trad, beginner sport climbing & bouldering are all easily accessible

Climbing high on Table Mountain, Upper Africa Ledge. Photo: Mickey Wiswedel

City Bowl (Table Mountain & Lionshead)

Multi Pitch Trad, beginner sport climbing & bouldering are all easily accessible

Table Mountain

The the view from this WEBCAM

Trad Climbing
The compact and featured sandstone lends itself to fantastic traditional climbing with the added bonuses of exquisite views and cable car access (weather permitting). The majority of routes are multi pitch and there are 3 distinct altitude-sectors - Lower Buttresses / Africa Amphitheater / Upper Section with, generally, the finer quality routes concentrated to the Upper Section.

Bouldering
Scattered along the base with easy access from Tafelberg Road, the TM bouldering is under-rated due to the high prominence of trad above.

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Lions Head

The baby brother of Table Mountain, the routes are more accessible for after work or shorter windows, and the climbing is more protected from, particularly, the South Easter. Lions Head also host some rare (for South Africa) Granite climbing on the lower NW slopes.

Higgovale

Gets a bad report-card due, in part, to the high quality climbing and bouldering on offer in the vicinity. It is, however a fantastic teaching area and has a handful of routes good enough to clear the work-day blues if one can't get to the other crags.

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Sunset abseiling off Fountain Ledge. Photo: Trystan Firman

Table Mountain

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Boulder
Sport
Trad
Big wall
Alpine
Ice
Some of the finest trad climbing you will do, anywhere! Easy access with options to climb on 2 different aspects allowing for sun or shade nearly all day with route options for the beginner and strong seasoned tradder alike
5
min
to
2
hours
1006
m ASL
AM Shade
PM Shade
Trad
6+ Pitches
Standard
Multi Pitch
Single Pitch
Single & Multi Pitch Options
Traversing on Clifton Crest. 📸 Trystan Firman collection

Lionshead

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Boulder
Sport
Trad
Big wall
Alpine
Ice
Overshadowed, literally, by Table Mountain, Lions Head offers much of what Table Mountain lacks and is especially good in the South Easter.
30
min
to
1
hours
669
m ASL
PM Shade
AM Shade
Trad
Single Pitch
3 Pitches
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Single & Multi Pitch Options
Traversing out above the Atlantic, on Clifton Crest, Lionshead Sandstone.

Lionshead Sandstone

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Boulder
Sport
Trad
Big wall
Alpine
Ice
Some gem's to be found. Generally lasts longer when weather closes Table Mountain down, and a great option for low commitment tradding where time is short. Quite good for beginners to hone their skills.
30
min
to
1.0
hrs
669
m ASL
All Day Shade
AM Shade
All Day Sun
PM Shade
1 Pitch
2 Pitch
3 Pitch
4 Pitch
5 Pitch
6 Pitch
6+ Pitch
Std Rack
Special Gear
50m
60m
70m
80m
Double Rope
Face
Overhang
Powerful
Slab
Technical
Vert
Single Pitch
Multi Pitch
Single & Multi Pitch Options
Climbing on Upper Africa Ledge, Table Mountain. Photo: Mickey Wiswedel

Africa Ledge

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Boulder
Sport
Trad
Big wall
Alpine
Ice
North Facing multi pitch climbing directly underneath the top cablecar station. Overlooks the citybowl, Lion's Head, Devil's Peak, Robben Island and Northern Suburbs. On a clear day you have good views to the Winelands
50
min
to
90.0
hrs
1067
m ASL
All Day Shade
AM Shade
All Day Sun
PM Shade
1 Pitch
2 Pitch
3 Pitch
4 Pitch
5 Pitch
6 Pitch
6+ Pitch
Std Rack
Special Gear
50m
60m
70m
80m
Double Rope
Face
Overhang
Powerful
Slab
Technical
Vert
Single Pitch
Multi Pitch
Single & Multi Pitch Options
Jamie Smith taking the whip, Jeopardy Wall. Photo: Mickey Wiswedel

Fountain Ledge

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Boulder
Sport
Trad
Big wall
Alpine
Ice
Steep walls in a stunning setting
15
min
to
90.0
hrs
1067
m ASL
All Day Shade
AM Shade
All Day Sun
PM Shade
1 Pitch
2 Pitch
3 Pitch
4 Pitch
5 Pitch
6 Pitch
6+ Pitch
Std Rack
Special Gear
50m
60m
70m
80m
Double Rope
Face
Overhang
Powerful
Slab
Technical
Vert
Single Pitch
Multi Pitch
Single & Multi Pitch Options

Lower Buttress

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Boulder
Sport
Trad
Big wall
Alpine
Ice
Looking at Table Mountain from the city center there are three distinct horizontal rock bands visible. The Lower Buttress tackles the lowest of these situated just above the Contour Path.
20
min
to
45.0
hrs
m ASL
All Day Shade
AM Shade
All Day Sun
PM Shade
1 Pitch
2 Pitch
3 Pitch
4 Pitch
5 Pitch
6 Pitch
6+ Pitch
Std Rack
Special Gear
50m
60m
70m
80m
Double Rope
Face
Overhang
Powerful
Slab
Technical
Vert
Single Pitch
Multi Pitch
Single & Multi Pitch Options

Higgovale Quarry

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Boulder
Sport
Trad
Big wall
Alpine
Ice
An old granite Quarry only 5 mins from the CBD. Offers an excellent venue for beginner climbers.
5
min
to
hrs
m ASL
All Day Shade
AM Shade
All Day Sun
PM Shade
1 Pitch
2 Pitch
3 Pitch
4 Pitch
5 Pitch
6 Pitch
6+ Pitch
Std Rack
Special Gear
50m
60m
70m
80m
Double Rope
Face
Overhang
Powerful
Slab
Technical
Vert
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AM Shade
Morning ; Afternoon ; All Day or NO Shade
10B | Ch
Equipped with x number of Bolts & Chains (lower off rings)
Alpine
Area's or routes located in mountainous regions and requiring multiple mountain skills (navigation ; extreme weather ; self sufficiency ; remote )
Ice
Area or Route requires Ice Climbing and associated Winter skills
Sport
Area or Route is fully equipped as a sport climb. Separate distinction for # of PITCHES
Sport & Trad
Area or Route is a mixture of SPORT & Trad climbing styles
Trad
Area or Route requires Traditional equipment and experties
2 Pitches
Indicates the typical # of pitches of the area or route
Special
Indicates that a specialised Rack or Traditional equipment is typically required and will be mentioned in the Route Description BETA
Standard
Indicates that typically a Standard Traditional Rack will suffice. Typically in ZA that is a 8-10 Cams + 10-15 wires/nuts.
50m
Indicates the minimum length rope needed to typically climb safely.
Double
Typically climbed using half ropes
Corner
Climbs or mostly climbs a corner system. This often requires stemming as a technique.
Crack Climb
Follows a crack-system predominantly and may require good jamming technique.
Overhang
Indicates the overall style. Face climbing is steeper than slab usually on small holds and edges, often feeling delicate / insecure.
Overhang
Overhanging, usually involving roofs.
Powerful
Powerful style is often in conjunction with another style but feeling more powerful than is common for the style.
Slab
Usually not quite vertical and requiring smearing and friction techniques.
Steep
Consistently steeper than Vertical but not overhanging / roof-y
Technical
Additional to general styles, requiring careful sequence and thoughtful climbing.
Vert
General vertical climbing with no other defining style.