Easy routes on Ben Heatlie

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FernwoodFace
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Real Name: Riaan Vorster

Easy routes on Ben Heatlie

Postby FernwoodFace » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:01 pm

Anyone know anything about the following routes on Ben Heatlie?
- Violet Towers (E-grade)
- Humped Ridge (D-grade... apparently)

Thanks

adamr
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Real Name: Adam Roff

Re: Easy routes on Ben Heatlie

Postby adamr » Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:37 pm

hi riaan,
the humped ridge is a great outing. you will find a description in i think the 1958 MCSA journal. basically it follows the right hand skyline when facing the amphitheatre. Those ballies were a bit more hardcore than us and i guess you could find a 'D' grade passage up there but more likely to be around grade 16 in places. you can get down in 3 long rappels.
There is another route to the right of the humped ridge - Kaplan's route from around the same era. also 'D' grade but looks quite complicated.
antoni van heerden opened a grade 16 or so route up teh left hand skyline of the amphitheatre - not sure where this was published but i think in a back issue of sa mountain.
The violet towers that i am aware of are on the other side of the hex river valley - about half way between boskloof amphitheater and milner. a big chunk of rock that rises off the shale band. this is also a great outing at around grade 12, although a moerse walk - a long day's walk from anywhere. it is in one of the old journals too. incidentally the rib that forms the left skyline of boskloof amphitheatre is a splendid 'D' grade outing too. do not contemplate walking up boskloof unless it has been ravaged by a recent fire.
i can give more detailed beta on all these routes, access, dos and water spots etc if you decide to go - same username as forum domain is sim dot sanlam dot com
regds
adam
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FernwoodFace
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Re: Easy routes on Ben Heatlie

Postby FernwoodFace » Mon Nov 28, 2011 3:07 pm

Adam, thanks for the info. Will contact you for more access and route info in the next days. Thanks a lot.


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