The Stone Wall - Gamkaberg

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johannlanz
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The Stone Wall - Gamkaberg

Post by johannlanz » Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:34 am

This weekend I climbed for the first time on the Stone Wall at Gamkaberg, opening 2 new routes - See the Gamkaberg entry on the route wiki. The wall is an inspiring sweep of rock that I have eyed out before but feared that it wouldn't offer enough gear. Getting onto it I was very pleasantly surprised - the gear is excellent, although you do have to work a little to place some of it. The climbing is superb - steep, sustained, beautiful moves on impeccable, hard, quartsitic sandstone with fantastic friction - it is right up there with the very best trad pitches I have climbed anywhere.

Its worth visiting Gamkaberg just to climb one of the routes on the Stone wall. A combination variation offers a route up the wall at only grade 19, which you wouldn't think possible looking at it. I also realized, exploring around a bit, just how much potential there is at Gamkaberg - many classics awaiting opening amongst the many cliffs in the kloof.
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The inspiring sweep of the impeccable Stone Wall at Gamkaberg.
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Starting up "Written in Stone" (21) on the wall.
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Further up "Written in stone"
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Re: The Stone Wall - Gamkaberg

Post by johannlanz » Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:41 am

Pic of one of the other great routes we climbed this weekend at Gamkaberg.
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Sebastian Lanz climbing "Stone edge" (16), to the right of the Stone Wall
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Re: The Stone Wall - Gamkaberg

Post by PinkHills » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:13 pm

The stone wall is nothing short of magnificent :thumleft:

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Re: The Stone Wall - Gamkaberg

Post by Chris F » Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:31 pm

Well done on getting on it, looks superb.

For future reference, and out of curiosity, how long would it take to get there from George?

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Re: The Stone Wall - Gamkaberg

Post by Sven » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:11 pm

Chris F

1.1/4 to 1.5mins from George at most!

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Re: The Stone Wall - Gamkaberg

Post by Chris F » Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:30 pm

minutes?

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Re: The Stone Wall - Gamkaberg

Post by paddy » Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:21 am

I think he meant seconds

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Re: The Stone Wall - Gamkaberg

Post by Chris F » Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:02 pm

paddy wrote:I think he meant seconds
:lol: in a converted De Lorean?

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Re: The Stone Wall - Gamkaberg

Post by paddy » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:27 pm

with wings

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