I am pretty bored with the sport climbing in Cape Town so climbing on Table Mountain is new and exciting for me.
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Gosia has made quite a name for herself over the recent years with hard sends and ascents of big walls.
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Alex Honnold visited South Africa for a month this winter and we had the opportunity to interview him during his short visit to Montagu in September.
Phlip Oliver sent Up For Grabs on the 11th of April, we caught up with him for a brief interview:
Apparently I’m likely to fall off everything I climb if I don’t drink tea beforehand, but I’m willing to take that risk.
Soloing routes came as a natural progression for me. I was staying on a farm in Montagu and I didn’t always have a climbing partner. I would cycle my bike to the crags and climb routes alone, soaking up the sun and moving free.
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One of South Africa’s top female climbers took some time out in Montagu to chat with us…
Julia is one of SA’s top climbers excelling particularity in trad climbing.
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My father & I have about 50 sport projects. I give him my easy ones & take his hard ones. I’m keen to open my routes at Oudtshoorn & repeat Short Circuit (31).
As far as climbing goes, I’d really love to do hard traditional onsights and ground up ascents of big wall routes. Sport climbing is fantastic but a little limiting in some ways. Trad just seems to offer climbers the freedom to pick a line and head for the skyline. That appeals to me on a very deep level.
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It feels incredible to be climbing again, and to be feeling strong and getting on harder routes is really fantastic. The attraction of a hard route is not the grade but the challenge, where the moves require more finesse and flow which I really love.
Rodan is the arch-enemy of Godzilla (a monster) in the 1950’s Japanese movies and the name of the climb to the right of Rodan (8b). In all the films its just people screaming and running from giant plasticine monsters, classic stuff.
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Dylan is a breath of fresh air, a young climber who is much more than just talented; he has a good sort of psyche, driven by genuine love of the outdoors and love of the rock.
I got to Rocklands in May, I was suppose to go back to Europe to go sport climbing, but I just ended up staying! just love it here, I cant even get myself to go home for a weekend.
I caught up with Clinton on the phone an hour before his flight to India…
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Whether he’s entertaining you by strumming songs on his guitar, describing action packed stories of his holidays or making sounds like a strangled Chihuahua as he climbs, James is a crowd pleaser.
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We had the opportunity to interview Simon Lowe during his recent visit to Montagu.
Adam Ondra in South Africa
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He was the first person to climb grade 31 in South Africa, they wanted to take his ropes away for falling too much, spent 20 months in total dirt bagging through the US and now has his sights set on a grade 33!
Andrew Pedley recently opened 2 new routes above the benchmark grade of 30. They are Axewound 32 at Wigwam and Pitfighter 31 at Boven.
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