Joshua McNally, Nic Grech-Cumbo, Andrew Porter and my self did some hard sending in Oudtshoorn during the last week of August 2013 on the crags featurey limestone.
We had perfect sending weather with snow on the mountain tops and quite low temperatures. I send my project El Nino (30), Joshua sent his first 27 (Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious), Andrew did the double handed dyno on Sid Vicious (those who know Andrew will understand the significance of this event) and subsequently sent the route as did Nic.
All in all we had an awesome trip, although it ended with a bit of an epic.
We left Oudtshoorn at 5:00 pm on Saturday 31 August. Our plan was to drive to Colesberg, stop over for the night and do the rest of the drive on Sunday morning and get home at about 2:00 pm.
This did not happen.
The car overheated on a Saturday evening in a small “town” called 3 sisters in the Northern Cape. Sunday morning, in the Northern Cape with a broken down car, you can not get help. There is no hope. After fighting with some inefficient individual from AA Road Assist we decided to just drive until the car overheated again and then stop, let it cool down, fill the radiator with glycol and water, and carry on driving. The ‘what should be’ a 12 hour car drive back to Johannesburg took us 32 hours of driving and stopping.
At 3 AM on Monday the 2nd September we finally got home. I was in bed at 3:30 AM and up at 6:00 AM for work – it was a hectic day at the office playing catch-up.
That afternoon I got home and went straight to bed – No thats a lie – I first did an hours bouldering session because I could not contain the psych!
Oudtshoorn Main Crag 2013