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Boschkloof Traverse & Needle

The Boschkloof Needle at centre with Disa Needle to the right

Location: May be accessed from Victoria Drive, though safe parking for your car could be a problem. Alternatively a traverse is made from Oudekraal ravine. Needs some mountaineering skill and common sense! The ascent of Boschkloof Needle is a C+ rock climb for serious rock climbers only. However there is a pleasant scramble up Boschkloof buttress, or continue past the base of the Needle and ascend Needle Ravine, which is a walk.

Overview: Not often done so be prepared for an adventurous day out!

Key Statistics
Grade:  2 **
Height gain:  xxxm: from xxxm to xxxm
Time:  xx hrs up, xx down depending on route

Route Description:  A traverse is made from Oudekraal ravine. around Kleinkop, then a short exposed rock step to get around a ridge to below Grootkop. The slope below the Grootkop cliffs is very overgrown, and if you get to the far side, traverse around a rock buttress into a tree filled Bosch Gully. From a distance up this where the gully is closed in a rock ledge is used to traverse onto Boshkloof buttress which is a pleasant 'B' scramble.

Narrow ledge traverse out of Bosch Gully onto the buttress

Scrambling up Boschkloof buttress