Grannies Suped Up Wheelchair

So there we were sipping, gently and respectfully, on a beer or two and innocently minding our own business at Murray Sanders’ slideshow at the Berea Rovers (The MCSA KZA Section clubhouse), when Trevor Johnson had an epiphany.

Horse in Bar

You can lead a horse to the bar…  Photo Estelle Malan


Talk was revolving around who was registered for the up-coming Tradathon, and who was going to be abroad – everywhere from Angola to the Baltic, but I digress.  Trevor, Colin McCoy and I both commented that the Tradathon was ill-timed, but we had the weekend prior to the Tradathon to “pretend”.  The epiphany was that, rather than pretend to climb hard(ish), we suspend a wheelchair – complete with a granny – down “Grannies Suped Up Wheelchair” (23).


Wheelchair Climbing

Estelle Malan the Granny on Grannies Suped Up Wheelchair (23). Photo by Tristan Firman


This seemed like a completely logical thing to do, and as I’d not had motive to get behind a lens for some time (blame it on inactivity and the advent of GoPro’s and the like), I sought other routes which could be Name-Played. Think (16), Winnie The Pooh (16), Fiddler in the Roof (19) were a few of the idea’s bandied about. In the end, and a very tight time budget we settled on Grannie’s & Pin Up – electing to reshoot Hallucination (22), Powder Finger (22), Eutopia (14) and Sweet Fanny Adams for another day…and another end goal.


Pin up girl rock climbing

Annabelle Slabbert – the Pinup – climbing Pin Up (19). Photo Tristan Firman


This end goal was to create a final punt for the up-coming Tradathon at Monteseel, so if you have not made plans to join, hopefully a sexy Pin Up, a Granny and a fly-bye view of the Hallucination wall will be the impetus to join the fun at what was an epicenter of climbing in the late 70’s and early 80’s. If not, perhaps the chance of seeing a horse in the bar might suffice?

Seriously though, its phenomenal climbing spread across roughly 3km of crag, 8min walk from the tents – get here!


Pin up girl climbing

Annabelle Slabbert – the Pinup – climbing Pin Up (19). Photo Tristan Firman


Postscript: This shoot did not happen by chance, so shout-out’s and props to Trevor Johnson, Colin McCoy for their help in rigging (and beer-drinking-ideas) ; Annabelle Slabbert and Estelle Malan for being such good sports as models and to Andrew K for flying his Drone under the radar of a countrywide ban.

Related posts: 

  • Click here for more information on the Tradathon
  • Click her to Register

Click here for the Monteseel Topo and more info on Monteseel


7 Responses to Grannies Suped Up Wheelchair

  1. Justin Lawson Jun 10, 2014 at 8:25 am #


  2. ScottS Jun 10, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    Did the wheelchair leave skid marks?

  3. Estelle Malan Jun 10, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Yes, but not on the rock…

  4. Malcolm Jun 10, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Best comment ever!

  5. Trevor Jun 11, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    RATKAS MALAN . . .

  6. Ghaznavid Jun 11, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    Classic! Nicely done guys

    • Ghaznavid Jun 11, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

      Ps. a good thing you didn’t go with Adam’s Apoplexy :p

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