Portraits: Keith James – Beautiful features

Is rock-climbing more then just a competition and physical exercise? Keith James, one of Grahamstown’s climbing pioneers think so.
He sees the beauty of a route and the beauty of the movements. He describes climbing as having “martial arts elements” which makes it more challenging than just running or walking in nature. Keith does not see the appeal of climbing walls and gyms over the opportunity to be outside.

Keith James came to Grahamstown in the 80s. He is a teacher at Kingswood and has introduced many of his students to the sport.

Catharina Andersen is a Journalism student at Rhodes University.


5 Responses to Portraits: Keith James – Beautiful features

  1. Tian van Heerden Feb 1, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

    Thank you for this brief but beautiful portrait of the man who’s been one of the most inspirational men in my life. One day when I grow up I’d like to be like him.
    For sure!

  2. Bruce Tomalin Feb 1, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

    Lekker Keith, very lekker!

  3. Dave Feb 1, 2017 at 5:42 pm #


  4. Duncan Aird Feb 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

    This man set me off on my climbing career almost 40 years ago! Although I don’t always climb, when I do, I do it for the right reasons, which are nicely re-phrased here. Much respect!

  5. Matthew Harper Feb 3, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

    Keith James is a man who taught and coached me years ago and who ill never forget

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