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Klaasens Buttress Traverses

Location:
Rock buttress at the end of the ridge between the Back Table road and the Orange Kloof Ring road, overlooking the De Villiers Dam.

Overview: The bottom traverse is often done as an extra to Constantia Corner, and then starting at the Dassie ledge end. If wanting to do the Triple Traverse then the bottom traverse is started from the De Villiers Dam end.

Key Statistics
Grade:  4 ***
Height gain: Rollercoaster climb up and down
Time:  2 hrs up, 1h down


Route Description: Refer to captions on the slideshow. Good idea to go with someone who has done it before. A short piece of rope is useful to assist party members who are not happy pulling up awkward moves. This route is not recommended in wet weather as it could be dangerous.

Note that a more popular climb is to only do the bottom traverse that has the Dassie crawl. Start from a descent path off the Constantia Corner track that goes down a gully at the South side of the Buttress. At the end of the traverse exit is on the traverse shown in the slideshow for starting the triple Traverse route.

Another variation is instead of doing the tricky top traverse is to continue following the beacons (cairns) going up the De Villiers dam side of Klaasen's and then along a ledge just below the very top of the buttress.This is full of fascinating chockstones and tunnels, and it leads around the South corner where it is possible to work out an easy way up to the top.

To get onto the summit block a convenient huge yellowood growing up a cleft provides a monkey bridge onto the summit.
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