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Kasteels Buttress

Location: A bushed up track starts off the Kasteelspoort path shortly after it crosses Valken Ravine stream bed. (In dry weather the stream bed can be used)



Overview: The most difficult section isa short wall high up in Kasteels Gully, and here some parties prefer the 'Cups and Saucers' variation face which is around to the left of the gully.

Key Statistics
Grade:  4 **** Easy and popular scramble
Height gain:  310m: from 430m where KP path crosses   Valken ravine to 740m at top of Buttress
Time: 2-3 hrs up, 2 down depending on route

Route Description:
Ascend the rough path beyond the Valken Ravine watercourse and parallel to it up to a rock overhang, then traverse left into the ravine watercourse and continue up to a cliff blocking the head of the ravine. In dry weather the watercourse can be followed from where where the KP path crosses it.

Traverse to the right against the cliff face, following the ledge. The ledge (and cairns) will guide you to a step which leads into a gully, this is Kasteels Gully. Ascend Kasteels Gully, scrambling through two rock bands. There is an alternative to the second scramble around the left hand corner called "Cups and Saucers". This is a steep face with large handholds, but use of a rope is recommended for safety. 

Where Kasteels Gully starts to open out you should traverse right out of the gully and onto Kasteels Buttress. Follow cairns to the right along the wide ledge.Climb a small gully and follow the path diagonally left and up until you run into a headwall. Take a step and two small chimney sections to pierce the wall. Go diagonally right and around the final corner.
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