Two men who have spent their lives in the void, high up in some of the most extreme environments in the world. Realms that are wild, untouched frontiers of human experience. Mountaineering legends Andrew de Klerk and Edmund February are revolutionaries in the climbing world, pioneering and defining the sport in Africa. Standing before forbidding slabs of rock, sheer cliff faces rising hundreds of meters into the air, Ed and Andy through their fearless and unrelenting exploration, have opened well over 500 new routes all over Africa. Their lives have been perched in some of the remote and isolated mountains where the realities of the modern world are alien and testing the edges of existence is the norm.
Named after the first conqueror of Everest, Edmund Hilary, and living in the shadow of Table Mountain, it seemed Ed was destined to be a climber. He had to overcome immense challenges to become who he is today, during Apartheid he wasn’t welcome in the Mountain Club of South Africa and had to outwit authorities to climb on restricted land. When he met Andy they formed not only a legendary partnership but also an unlikely enduring friendship. Andy, a legend in his own right has experienced his own emotional hardships and has solo climbed the north faces of the Alps, surviving five days without food, pioneering routes in Alaska, Pakistan, Patagonia, Scotland and the USA.
Both men have experienced the shaper edges of society, they escaped the harsh realities of their past by launching themselves beyond the peak of human endurance. In the furthermost remote summits they have been surrounded by untouched nature, environments that have calmed the soul and pushed them out of their societal confines to greatness. “Sharper edges” is an insight into the hearts of two men who have gone where few do, exploring what has sculpted them and their achievements both on rock and as friends.
Sharper Edges will be broadcast on Saturday, 5 June, at 18:30 on SABC3
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Sharper Edges, A documentary on Andy de Klerk and Ed February, legends of the climbing scene in South Africa, these two men have pioneered climbing in Africa. We follow their lives and how nature has had a significant impact on who they are. Directed by Matthew von Abo for the Healing Power of Nature series by African Renaissance Productions in conjunction with Mafisa.