Exploring the Capes greatest rock climbs
“Climb all the routes listed in the book and I am certain you’ll easily fill many evenings with outlandish tales of triumph as well as heart-breaking failure”.
Cape Vertical is Jeremy Samson’s selection of classic rock climbs in the Cape. It’s in no way an route guide, rather he explains what makes a classic rock climb. A great amount of South African climbing history is included covering the areas, routes, pioneers, traddies and trigger happy bolters that were doing their thing at the time.
The list of climbs is of course subjective but I think most will agree with the bulk of Jeremy’s picks which range from the most popular route on Table Mountain to multi pitch sport climbing at Milner.
Since reading the book, I have definitely added a couple of routes to my bucket list. Jeremy’s storytelling and scintillating humour had me laughing out loud. The real meat of the book is the stories that surround these routes and the people involved – The sandbagging, the home-made bolts, the taunting, air rats from above and not forgetting the epics, failures and horror shows.
Find out why the Cape is a world class climbing destination (and I’m not just talking about ‘The Rocklands’ here!)
For me, this book underlines a great quote from the late Jeff Lowe: “The best climber in the world is the one having the most fun!”
The book costs R160.00 (including postage) and can be ordered online –> here
**Add R110.00 for overseas postage.