I teamed up with a free spirited traveller, Anton Gietl, to explore the area near De Pakhuis. He had a great attitude to life, a positive exuberance and was up for any adventure.
Author Archive | Richard Halsey
Avoiding stagnation is not necessarily about changing everything, but changing enough to feel the difference.
He spoke very little English, and my Norwegian is as existent as political integrity. We gesticulated about the weather, and other topics of small talk, but without the talk.
This last weekend I was like a puffer fish: distended with enthusiasm to open a route I had cleaned months ago, before my body fell into disrepair. Hopefully my odor was less piscine, and my appearance less absurd.
So what is it to climb a rock? Nature provides the sculptured stage, ours is merely an act there on. Art on art, if you will.
Evolution came to the party and though millions of changing, breathing critters, left three humans named Hilton, David and Matthew to establish a route called A Private Universe (22 A1).
Groot Krakadouw is a wild, convoluted place. I have made two attempts to climb at this magical haven, but the purveyors of wet and icy meteorological phenomena scuppered these plans. Finally, in December 2014, I returned to blue skies and reclusive wind.
Now, a sensible man would have cleaned the gear and sipped tea for the afternoon. Fortunately, I can’t claim an abundance of sensibility, nor do I like tea.
Some chapters spiral, others stall, blowout or tease, a few hibernate or get passed on. This book, however, is never complete.
A Titan in Greek mythology, Prometheus returned fire to humans after Zeus had taken it away. This enabled our progression and re-ignited our lives. Don’t we all search for muses that flame our passions?