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Brian Weaver discovers that “It’s All Uphill…”

Brian Weaver comes to the Cape, goes bouldering at Echo Valley, climbs on the Jeopardy Wall and discovers that most things in the Cape are….

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BEAL Rope meets new UIAA water repellency bench mark

Beal is pleased to announce that they are the first manufacture to produce a rope that meets the standard.

Madrock Flash 2.0 review

Flash 2.0. Review

You can probably tell by now I like these shoes, like a lot. So here is the story of our relationship and how I got so smitten.

Alien vs. Predator. a.k.a. a review of the new BD X4 Cams

BD have just released its new range of small cams. They are officially known as the X4 Camalots. Rumor has it that internally, they were known as Predators, a tongue-in-cheek code word to take on Aliens, the one-time market leader for small cams.

Kalymnos bad bolt Stress Corrosion Cracking

Bolt issue on Kalymnos

As we anticipated for years, they have Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) of their stainless steel bolts, just as Cayman Brac and Thailand used to have.

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Miura VS under scrutiny

A high performance Italian model with Velcro. In the absence a Lamborghini sports car sharing the same name, I’ll tell you about my test drive of the climbing shoes instead.

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Mammut ropes back in South Africa

Robert and Trish from MMO speak to us about their decision to bring Mammut ropes back to the South African climbing market.

Another Day in Paradise. Photo: Amrei von Hase

Icebreaker Merino Wool Review

Icebreaker Review by Malcom Gowans. “I’ve been testing out my Icebreakers on multi-pitch sport routes, wintery trail runs, sweating and grunting while missioning up bushy kloofs in search of illusive trad lines and TACFIT training on cold rainy beaches.”

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Worldwide warning to users of via ferrata sets

The UIAA – International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation is issuing a worldwide warning to users of via ferrata sets to check the websites of manufacturers in order to find out whether the unit they are using is safe.

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Vaude Terkum Review

Vaude Terkum Backpack Review

Instead of taking more rest days or doing something silly like yoga, I decided to acquire some items that I though my body would appreciate. These included an ergonomic chair, an orthopaedic pillow and a backpack that fits well.