SA Team head to Trango

The South African team are en route for Trango Basecamp!!

You can follow the teams progress on their Facebook Page and their blog.

The team members are:

  • Alard Hufner
  • Douard Le Roux
  • Robert Powell
  • Shelley Hufner
  • Adam Liebenberg
  • Voytek Modrewski
  • Neil Grimmer

South African Trango 2012

Their main objective:  is to ascend the Nameless Tower AKA Trango Tower.  Commonly regarded as one of the most difficult towers in the world.
Technical climbing finishing at 6230 meters / 20439 feet  above sea level.

Secondary Objectives:
New routing in the Trango and surrounding ranges.  With different skill sets amongst the team, they will be looking to do first ascents involving ice climbing, mountaineering and rock climbing.  Once at base camp, they will assess the availability of unclimbed peaks in the area, the team are very excited about making a first ascent on a new line in the area.

The 2005 Trango team - Left to right: Marianne Pretorius, Andreas Kiefer, James Pitman, and Peter Lazarus. The team summited Trango's nameless Tower yerterday through the Slovenia route. They are the first South Africans to summit that karakorum Spire.

On the 21st of August 2005, a South African team, composed of Peter Lazarus, Marianne Pretorius, James Pitman and Andreas Kiefer, climbed to the summit via the Slovenian route.  Marianne was the third woman to reach the summit.

See the report on the 2005 expedition –> South Africans take Trango Tower

See more info on the teams website:

The team is sponsored by:
SA Trango Team 2012


Trango Nameless Tower (6239M)

Trango Nameless Tower (6239M) - Photo courtesy of

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10 Responses to SA Team head to Trango

  1. DaveG May 9, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Flippin rad!

  2. Henkg May 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Stunning piece of rock! Good luck to you all.

  3. Hilton Davies May 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    So envious…..

    A few years ago my brother Dave Davies, Patricia Gaertner and I were climbing at Rocklands. We had just done the classic Ceder Rouge when a few boulderers came over to check out the action. We offered them a whirl.
    This super-ripped, very loud, big American guy grabbed the opportunity and his little buddy took the belay. Mr Big didn’t do the first delicate moves. He leapt up and grabbed the high rail with both hands. We were astounded and started to understand why he was so loud – ’cause he really was a big shot.
    Only…. when he got half way he didn’t look totally composed and a vague wobble started to appear.
    With unbridled interest we watched Mr Universe skip the second last bolt. He was running out of gas. He skipped the last bolt. He was poked. He lunged for the anchor chain and grabbed it.
    For a second or two he held the chain but his body started to protest. Dave, Patricia, me and our new friend – one of Mr Special’s buddies – a lovely guy called Nick, were standing directly below.
    We bolted in all directions.
    Mr Muscle came hurtling earthwards. His little buddy went hurtling skywards. Into the first bolt went Mr Tiny and Mr Ripped torpedoed to within a metre of the hard earth. God it was shocking. But more than that – God it was funny..!

    Nick quietly and modestly cruised the route. He praised it as 5-star. He wanted to make amends for his less-than-retiring countryman.

    Anyway, so what’s the point of this stupid story…

    Nick Martino had previously done The Nose on El Cap and the NW Face of Half Dome in something like 9 hours. Nick and a buddy then went over to climb Eternal Flame on Nameless Tower. They consulted a Czech team that had just completed the route and were told that there was no ice on top and so crampons were not required.
    Nick and his partner bulleted up and climbed all the rock in daylight to find ice covering the last sloping 30m to the summit.
    They didn’t claim the first one-day ascent as they couldn’t tag the top.

    Maybe take one pair of crampons up?

    good luck guys and girls…!

  4. Richard May 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    Now that looks awesome!

  5. Alard May 14, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Shot for the Beta Hilton. 🙂

  6. Margherita Introna May 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Awesome! Good luck guys. I look forward to hearing the stories when you’re back 🙂

  7. steveB May 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Wow, Awesome guys. What a proud wall! Go dominate!

  8. Snort Jul 20, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    Wonder if a receding hair line is a factor in climbing this thing…..

    Seems like there is a lot of hair missing from a lot of heads in the group.

    Maybe Alard is wearing a wig?

  9. Justin Jul 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    The team are already at Base Camp. Tomorrow they will start hauling and fixing ropes.

  10. Amjad Karim Mar 24, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    Dear Trango friends nice to see on this website. Marianne Pretorius, Andreas Kiefer, James Pitman, and Peter Lazarus. God bless all of you. i am still alive and remember all of you. i hope you all well and safe with your family. if you have a time or not forget me plz contact me. amjad

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