Emile Esterhuizen has been out of the country for a while but was recently back on a short visit, during this time he managed to send an old roof project at Kalk Bay that he started before leaving. To quote Emile “its badly filmed, and there are a few unflattering parts of my anatomy that are center frame”.
Citing up’s and down’s fitness wise, he hasn’t graded the roof, but reckons that it might be one of his hardest to date (and Emile has climbed pretty hard The problem requires super endurance, there is something like 40 moves (20 meters of wicked climbing) and Emile reckons it may be around ‘8-something’.
The alternative being: that Emile is just getting older and heavier and so it probably just feels hard for him
The route is fairly easy to get to and Emile has graciously included coordinates for the roof’s location.
Its a cave located under the really obvious, steep faces above the harbour in Kalk Bay. From the very end of the sports crags basically walk downhill about 50m and then right 30m-50m.
The problem is called “Adventure Time” and I thought it was really fun and exhausting. The roof holds out pretty well in most weather, but if there has been a lot of rain some holds might get a bit wet, and being Kalk Bay, windy conditions can make the hold a bit greasy.
Its a nice height, possible to cutloose, which is unusual for roof problems in Cape Town. There is also potential for quite a few more hard problems… which is why I would like to see more people there.