Last Saturday night, Cape Town’s climbing centre CityROCK in obz, was once again rocking with the fourth annual ROCK MASTER climbing competition.
This prestigious event, which is by invitation only, shows South Africa’s best climbers battle it out for top honours. Climbers from all over the country assembled here to pit themselves against fiendish and pumpy routes that were set by Josh Bedford and tested by Douw Steyn. The routes were hard and sequency, but most were able to solve the riddles and get high on the routes with some even clipping the anchors.
The tension was palpable as climbers broke through crux sequences, to wild applause, which had stumped previous contestants, and managed to get a few moves higher before winging off in often spectacular fashion.
Spectators were entertained with powerful climbing, determination, grit and some flawless sequences as they cheered the athletes on, as they got higher and higher up the wall, edging slowly to those somewhat elusive anchors.
All climbers climbed two routes, both onsight. The scores of both routes were then added together to determine the final results.
The women put on a gutsy performance, with Gosia Lipinska coming away the clear winner, leaving Rachelle de Charmoy and Julia Chen to fight it out in a super final, where Rachelle just managed to clinch second place.
In the Men’s category, the top of the field was also tightly contested with only one point between first and second place. Jamie Smith, although not clipping the anchors on either route, came close enough to pip Marijus Šmigelskis (who sent the first route), which left Adam Ludford taking bronze.
It was a great evening and lots of thanks to all the contestants – some travelling from the other side of the country (one, Kimie de Oliviera Kon, hailing from Portugal) for making the event such an exciting one. Also to everyone who helped: Josh Bedford – the route setter, belayers (Warren Gans and Cuan Lohrentz), judge (Sean Langeveldt), route maintenance (Jan Fischer), Eric (the MC), Lee (the photographer), the Three Cooks (who were responsible for the fantastic food) and of course CityROCK for hosting the event and to all their staff for their help and staying power.
A huge thanks also to the sponspors:
Black Diamond, Boreal, First Ascent, Petzl, 5.10, Mountain Hardwear, Prana, Mountain Mail Order, the MCSA, Red Earth, Darling wine cellars, SA Mountain Magazine, Climb ZA and Ridicule.
Thanks for supporting the event.
Hope to see you all next year at South Africa’s Rock Master, where the country’s best climbers compete for the prestigious Rock Master crown.
Report by Tony Lourens
- Gosia Lipinska
- Rachelle de Charmoy
- Julia Chen
- Kimie De Oliviera Kon
- Brittany Bunce
- Jamie Smith
- Marijus Smigelskis
- Adam Ludford
- Calrin Curtis
- Sheldon Smith
- Benj de Charmoy
- Alan Hills
- Mathieu Schneuwly
- Jason Rist
Come see the top climbers of SA climbing in the Rock Master 2013 at CityROCK.
The 2013 Rock Master competition is being held at CityROCK climbing gym on the 7th of December and starts at 5pm.
Food and drinks available and a Dyno Comp for spectators.
The event centers around exhibition climbing, where the top performing climbers are invited to compete for the coveted title and so become one of the elite few who call themselves Rock Master.
- Rock Master 2012 results
- Rock Master 2011 results
- Faye Brouard and Matt Bush take the first ever Rock Master in Cape Town 2010
- Rock Master Com
Rock Master 2013 Competitors:
|Rachelle de Charmoy||Jason Rist|
|Kimie de Oliveira Kon||Carlin Curtis|
|Annike Beste||Jahne Theron|
|Gosia Lipinska||Adam Ludford|
|Julia Chen||Mathieu Scheleuwly|
|Benj De Charmoy|
Rock Master 2013