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World’s Steepest Big Wall?

John and Anne Arran have just returned from their most adventurous big-wall expedition yet. They climbed the first ever ascent of Amurí tepui in Venezuela up a clean wall near the line of an incredible 600m waterfall which is so off the beaten track it doesn’t even yet have a name!


Clinton Martinengo Interview

Clinton Martinengo is at the top of his game right now, he’s climbed and opened numerous routes around South Africa and now he is in the United States for an international climbing meet, a Yosemite trip and then some…



Jimbo Smith Interview

Four of us huddle under the only shady bush for lunch at Joe’s Garage in Keur Kloof, Montagu, it’s an unusually warm Spring day, too hot to climb and so the interview with local hero ‘Jamie (Jimbo) Smith’ begins..


Exposure In The F Major

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It all started in the ‘shack’ over a few beers, as most things do. Andy, a friend of mine out from England, asked if I’d do exposure with him and of course it seemed a good idea at the time. The valley had just burnt so the walk in shouldn’t be too bad, therefore it […]



Verdon, The Epic

We’d been up since 4am in order to get to the airport and catch the flight – so we decided to take it easy for the first climb at Verdon and do a four pitch 4c. This was my first ‘proper’ big wall, multi-pitch climb – so for me it was a chance to get […]

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New Ice Climb at Giants Castle

For the past six years I have been waiting for the Shisa gully at Giants Castle to come into condition to make an ascent of this previously unclimbed route. Only the final pitch had been climbed in the past and by top-rope only. This left the rest of the gully waiting for a complete ascent.

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