Jimbo Smith sends The Squid and the Whale on Table Mountain

James “Jimbo” Smith conquers the “The Squid & The Whale”, a climb on Cape Town’s Table Mountain, graded at 31/8a+/5.13c.

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16 Responses to Jimbo Smith sends The Squid and the Whale on Table Mountain

  1. Gosia Jul 15, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Awesome stuff Jimbo! And well shot and put together Fresh Air Crew!

  2. Arno Jul 15, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Brilliant! Love it! Well done Jimbo!

  3. Justin Lawson Jul 15, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    Nice going on getting the route on your first redpoint attempt! And good job to everyone else involved 🙂

  4. Danie Jul 15, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Sick video, sweaty fingers good. Really inspiring stuff! Someday…

  5. PaulGoddard Jul 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    and friggin great job for wearing a helmet Jimbo !
    well done dude.

  6. Simon Trengove-Jones Jul 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Well done you slap stok vis!!! miss you guys. good news I am getting super fit again too!!! Best Si TJ

  7. Richard Jul 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Very cool indeed!! Well climbed, well presented.

  8. andrew p Jul 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    there goes my onsight! ( ;
    actually looks bloody terrifying AND hard.
    Amazing send and equally amazing footage – often trad sends don’t look scary in the movies but this one captures the exposure and the fear perfectly.
    Jeez, that last move looks like it would be winger of note if missed!
    Rad job all round.

  9. Steve Bradshaw Jul 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Well done Jimbo. Looks Awesome.

  10. Shorti Jul 16, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Wow, nice video. Awesome looking route Jimbo!

  11. Nicole Jul 16, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    Wow, awesome stuff there Jimbo! Very inspiring =D

  12. jacques Jul 18, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Great stuff everyone! I loved the chopper cam scenes – brilliant!
    Now, if Jimbo climbs that on first redpoint attempt, imagine what he can do if he gets to 30 or more attempts – itsn’t that about what the famous okes do before sending those super hard, 9a-ish stuff? Go SAFFAS!

  13. Jimbo Jul 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Thanks for the comments guys. i think I had the easy job though. all i had to do was climb with what sounded like a massive fly buzzing around my head. Douw clocked hours of belay time and the film crew had to dangle in harnesses all day.

    @andrew: the last bit of the head wall is amazing climbing. really psychological. about a 5 meter run out and pumpy on incut crimps with a committing and long throw to a massive jug. Super cool.

  14. Hector Jul 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    Great effort all round! Well done to Jimbo for sending, and to the film crew for some truly beautiful climbing footage

  15. Jimbo Jul 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    @ Jacques and Justin: BTW I worked it a fair bit on lead before trying to redpoint it so the first red point thing is not that amazing but it still caught me by surprise that I did it so quickly.

  16. Paul Andersen Dec 31, 2014 at 3:42 am #

    Amazing to see how far SA climbing has advanced since Johny Knight and I opened Captain Hook with all that aid!!
    Keep up the good work guys.

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