Steve Bradshaw has sent his project in Oorlogs Kloof naming it ‘Where I Stood’.
Steve bolted the route in June / July of 2010 and has been working the route for some time, working through injuries, heatwaves and the wet! Steve says its a fantastic quality route and it has personally been the hardest route that he has done both mentally and physically.
He is not quite 100% on the grade, but Clinton Martinengo who has also been on the route reckons around 34/8c.
Steve says he is really happy to have sent the route as his fingers did not have much more life in them and one finger today is blue from the bleeding in the joint.
A couple of his finger joints have no cartilages left and some bones are rubbing together, which is not great for finger locking (or anything for that matter)! Steve chomps down 200 mg of Celebrex a day to keep his fingers in check!
To add to the difficulty of the route Steve also had a stomach bug the day before sending.
Condition’s yesterday where much cooler and dryer compared to the previous few weeks where temperature went up to 37 degree’s.
Micky Wiswedel was filming and below are some shots the day.
“I have been racking up a decent carbon footprint driving out once or twice a week to film Steve Bradshaw on his awesome project in Oorlogs Kloof, just outside of Montagu. He’s been extremely close for the past few weeks, and even though yesterday, driving out to Montagu was the last thing I was keen for I knew that if I didn’t go he’d probably send.
The day before Steve had been out with a stomach bug so the likely hood of a send felt pretty low. Steve even mentioned that the walk up to the crag felt harder. I chose a different camera angle to my normal safety shot on the crux, thinking that if he wasn’t going to send I might as well try a new angle. I started rolling a bit before the crux and next thing I knew Steve was cruising through the crux smoothly. He managed to hit and hold the key crimp he had fallen off of numerous times before and was sending the route!! I immediately checked on my cam to see if the record light was on, and prayed that I didn’t stuff this shot up somehow.
The route goes at about 8c/34 and is one of the hardest routes in SA! Steve sent after a year and half of work and dedication and I got the shot of the send. Below are some screen grabs from the video clip. Soon I will compile the short video.”
Related article: Hey Jupiter (34) by Steven Bradshaw 2009