Prometheus – The fire giver


It is innate,

the urge and drive to discover

the best-

that which ignites and enlivens the spirit.

Not in absolutes,

but blending subjective connection and preference.

That which sparks interest and forges determination.


Ostensibly, the search is secondary,

yet both are journeys:

the finding and the feeding.

Each weighted in frustration, released with satisfaction.


I seek that which fuels

passion and progression.

That which gives me fire.


Climbing above Orange Kloof, Table Mountain


After about 2 years of wandering the slopes of Table Mountain, I eventually found it. Perched high above Orange Kloof is a ledge running across the western face of the Klaasen’s buttress. To the north, the ledge narrows to a vertigo inducing width (on account of the drop-off below), and just here, a series of rails and jugs shoot out over the void at a particularly absurd angle. Imagine an ancient, sandstone ship moored right on the very edge of an escarpment, a lush photosynthetic carpet way below. Like barnacles, lichen plasters most of the hull, but at the bow, the savagely steep prow is weathered clean from cutting through countless waves over the eons. As if designed by a celestial deity with a climbing bias, it is adorned with fantastic grips for hands and immaculate cracks for cams. As far as I know it was unclimbed, but that really doesn’t matter, to me this was indeed Prometheus: the fire giver.


Climbing above Orange Kloof, Table Mountain

Climbing above Orange Kloof, Table Mountain

Climbing above Orange Kloof, Table Mountain


Thanks to Brenna for the sending belay, Douw for his patience and photography, and the good folks at Outward Ventures for supporting my clambering antics.  It should be noted that Douw has a knack for discovering key beta and in this case also nabbed the coveted second ascent, as far as we know.



The RD is on the wiki here

All pics by Douw Steyn.


4 Responses to Prometheus – The fire giver

  1. Richard Behne Feb 23, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Awesome Richard. I have long eyed the line you have now called Prometheus. Congrats on getting up and doing it. I am kicking myself for not jumping on it when I first saw it, and was fitter than I am now!!

  2. Phlip Feb 23, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    Wow! That is truly an amazing looking line.

  3. sam Feb 24, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    Epic! Nice going squeaks! You branching out into poetry these days?


  4. Justin Lawson Feb 26, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    Nice one 🙂

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