It was a brilliantly hot day when the Montagu Mayhem Rock Rally took place this year. Over 50 climbers took part and we even had some visitors from up country competing. Despite the sweltering 36 degrees Celsius, climbers would not be put off and pushed themselves to get their ten best routes of the day. Their will and drive may very well have been contributed to by Jetboil’s free coffee, tea and hot chocolate early on Saturday morning. Many a climber came trundling in on a reasonably chilly Saturday morning to receive their complimentary warm beverage from the RAM Mountaineering crew manning the Jetboil station.
As always, there are those grand occurrences that take place during the day that lend themselves to some unique and somewhat elaborate spot-prizes. Nadia Thorn fell seven times on Gospel Express; Clifford Hakimi took one for the team when Gosia accidentally dislodged a decent-sized rock off of Eddie of Bovidence and Clifford’s shoulder bore the brunt of it; Andrea Biffi took a whopper of a fall off Hypoxia and nearly took out his belayer, Mikela Sinovich; Milliza le Grange went flying up the rock face when her boyfriend and climber she was belaying, Alan Hills, took an equally significant fall. It really is all in a day’s climb for these athletes but some of them did it in complete style and funk with the fancy dress part of the day. Wayne’s World were “Partying on”; The Karate Kids were doing Ninja moves up some classic routes; The Rocky Horror Picture Show sparkled at Legoland and showed a bit of leg in fishneck stockings and The Human Rock Climbing Walls added some colourful grips to the equation.
The stage was set with sponsors’ Black Diamond, Boreal, Beal, Five Ten, The Mountain Club of South Africa, City Rock and Mountain Mail Order and Buff banners adding prominence to the event. Climbers arrived at De Bos Quad in dribs and drabs with their scoresheets and proceeded to be fed well by Cheeky Little Caterers’ monumental potjie-kos and delicious dessert. Once all climbers were fed and rested, the prize-giving ensued. Although each category winner well and truly deserved their prizes (the scores speak for themselves), it was the spot-prizes that got the most laughs and cheers. After a fairly relaxed after-party, climbers dwindled off to crash for the night in their tents and around campfires.
Sunday dawned with the promise of another sweltering day and about twenty climbers took part in the free Yoga Session given by Alta Lourette, a Yoga Instructor from City Rock and sponsored by Lorna Jane. All those aching muscles from the previous day’s hard climbing received some decent love and attention before heading off to Waterworld Crag to take part in the Climber Responsibility Day and help restore and dam part of the base of the crag which has seen significant water pooling there after the heavy floods.
Those climbers who didn’t take advantage of the shady crags that Sunday afternoon, headed off to Supertubes to watch Aerial Silks Artist, Tasja Reckhaus, give a mesmerising Aerial Silks Performance.
It was one of the best weekends and we have many people and companies to thank for their contributions:
For the Prizes:
- RAM Mountaineering and brands Black Diamond, Boreal, Jetboil and Beal
- CityRock and Mountain Mail Order and brands Evolv, Mountain Hardware, Five Ten and Prana
- Adventure, Inc. and Buff
- De Bos Guest Farm
- De Pakhuys Campsite
- Simonskloof Accommodation
- Roc ‘n Rope Adventures
- House of JD and Glider
- Lorna Jane for the Clothing Vouchers
- Healing Hands courtesy of Lee from City Rock
Af ‘n Plaas Familie Restaurant and Cheeky Little Caterers
Beer on Tap:
Alta Lourette van der Merwe
Sunday Climber Responsibility Day:
The Montagu Mayhem Logo
Breede River Gazette
Mountain Club of South Africa, Cape Town Section
Rock Climbing Committee (Cormac Tooze, Cuan Lohrentz, Warren Gans, Niel Mostert, Kathi Wöhl)
Winners of the Rally:
1st Place Parveen Karjiker
2nd Place Susan Hair
3rd Place Paola Vignani
1st Place David James
2nd Place Rob Smyly
1st Place Nadia Thorn
2nd Place Toni-Lee Sterley
3rd Place Lisa Hancke
1st Place Renier Botha
2nd Place Peter Vos
3rd Place Paul Vos
1st Place Clara Grant
2nd Place Shaen Adey and Fiona McIntosh
3rd Place Kim Hochreiter
1st Place Febre van der Merwe
2nd Place Tor Age Schunemann
3rd Place Dylan Perring
1st Place Mikela Sinovich
1st Place Phlip Olivier
2nd Place Andrea Biffi
3rd Place Ant Hall
1st Place Gosia Lipinska
1st Place Adam Ludford
2nd Place Danie Moolman
3rd Place Clinton Martinengo
Youngest Climber of the Day
Ethan Ellis (11 years old)
Send of the Day
Best Belayer of the Day (for catching Alan Hills)
Milliza le Grange
Taking One for the Team
Fall of the Day
Nadia Thorn (7 Times on Gospel Express)
Andrea Biffi (Decking on Hypoxia and almost taking out Mikela)
The New Montagu Mayhem Logo
1st Place Anesh Magan and Aimee Chiat (The Human Rock Climbing Wall)
2nd Place Nadia Thorn, Parveen Karjiker, Rob Smyly and David James (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
3rd Place Alta and Hermie (Wayne’s World)
4th Place Fiona McIntosh and Shaen Adey (Karate Kids)
For nearly killing his girlfriend
Bravest Men at the Rally
Adam Ludford (for wearing Tasja’s One-Piece Aerial Silks Leotard)
Rob Smyly (for donning the Rocky Horror hot pants, stockings and suspenders)
Montagu Mayhem 2014 Scores
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Registration for the Montagu Mayhem Rock Rally is now closed (the competition happened already – see above!)
- Register online here by 10th April 2014.
Rock Rally only – R120.00 per competitor
Rock Rally + Food – R180.00 per competitor
Rock Rally+T-Shirt – R180.00 per competitor
Rock Rally + Food + T-Shirt – R240.00 per competitor
Please pay into the following bank account:
Branch: Cape Town
Branch Code: 020009
Account Number: 071556060.
Ref: Your Initial + Your Surname + MM14
You need to email your Proof of Payment to email@example.com with “POP” in the subject title.
If you are only coming for the potjie you don’t need to fill out the form – just make the EFT and email firstname.lastname@example.org with the “POP Potjie” in the subject title.
If you want to guarantee a T-shirt, please register before 21st March 2014!
For further information, please email email@example.com.