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Climbing the Chess Pieces

Until recently, this area has seen remarkably little development, despite its attractions: rock of Cederberg-like quality, a great setting, its proximity to Cape Town (this reducing the travel carbon footprint) and a reasonable walk-in distance of about 3 hours. The only real draw-back is that little or no water may be available in the dry season or unless it has rained recently. There remains much scope for climbing new routes of all grades.

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Montagu Rock Rally & Pumba

The new manager at De Bos likes to go big. There will be LOTS of Beer, wine, Coke – no hard liquor. He’s organised cups and loads of ice. So lets support him and not clutter up the quad with our cool boxes ;-)

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Rock Climbing Slideshow by Dirk Smith

This slideshow, set to music, was prepared for screening at the Johannesburg section of the Mountain Club of South Africa and features photos of my rock climbing trips over the last few years.

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10 Tips To Improve Your Climbing Photos

Micky Wiswedel shares his top 10 tips to help you take better photographs.

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Ben Heatlie – Free at Last

20 years ago last January Bob Woods and I climbed a route up the Ben Heatlie amphitheatre in the Hex. We aided most of the route taking many days and bivvies over the affair. Three years ago I went back with Tieni Versfeld and Tony Dick to see if we could free it – a long time dream of mine.

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Table Mountain New Route – Moonlight Direct

Bruce and I have established a new route on the lower buttresses. It is just to the left of Fraser’s Variation on Arrow Buttress. We think that the quality of the route is on a par with Fraser’s, Bombay Duck.

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A Fine Time on Prime Time Direct E5 6a (25)

I was thrashing down the Yellowwood scree with Stewart Middlemiss yesterday in the gloom of descending night fall feeling exhilarated by doing a free ascent of Prime Time Direct

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New Routes at Wolfberg

One of the incredible privileges of living in Africa is that it is still possible to walk up to a popular crag and open good quality moderate trad routes.

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Clinton interview

Clinton Martinengo Interview

I caught up with Clinton on the phone an hour before his flight to India…

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The Rory 2010: Youthful Fun with a Sting in the Tail

During the weekend of 5-7 March more than 250 mountaineers, including pupils and teachers from 7 Gauteng and Kwazulu Natal schools, congregated at Swinburne in the Free State for the annual Rory Lowther Memorial Challenge.

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