Alexander Megos has sent ‘A Life in Orange’ at the Superbowl in Waterval Boven. The route was bolted by Andrew Pedley and the grade was thought to be about 34/35. Yesterday Alex sent the route and thought the grade to be 35/8c+. This makes the route South Africa’s second 35/8c+ route (after Mazawattee, which was opened by Adam Ondra in 2009).
The route is described in the Waterval Boven Guide Book as “Immaculate line up the cleanest (blankest!) wall at Boven, a few metres left of Snapdragon. Reach will help.” The route was bolted by Andrew Pedley in 2011 (who might be making a habit of bolting projects for foreigners 😉
Alex had this to say about the route on Facebook:
“WOW! Yesterday was our first day here in #waterfallboven and the rock, landscape and climbing is absolutely mind-blowing! Very rare to find that amazing quality in every grade from super easy to hard.
Pic of me climbing the classic “Rodan” 33 (8b+) at the God No! Wall on my second try.
Psyched for more!
And there is more for Alex at Boven 🙂
Above and Beyond Project. The ridiculous concept through the roof above Freak On. Bolted by Mattt Bush in 2011.
Mind Games Project. Fully bolted. On the Time Bomb block at the Triple Tier Crags. A hard line in a hard position! Bolted by Wes Black and Alex Bester. MCSA bolts.
ACRA Wall 9a project. At the ACRA wall. Right of ‘Something Esoteric’ is a wall with just enough slopers and crimps to be possible, at 9a or harder. Only top anchors in.
Among others, Alex also bagged Rodan (33/8b+) on his second go, falling off the tricky crux.
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