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Arjan De Kock on Amandla, Rocklands

Q&A with Arjan de Kock

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.

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Waterval Boven Roc Rally – 24 to 25 September

The Waterval Boven Roc Rally runs from the 24 to 25 September.

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“Pole Pole, Ninjas”

From Stellar Point, it is a mere 100m ascent on a gentle looking slope for another 800m to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. After the struggle to get to the crater rim, one feels that the gentle stroll to Uhuru will take a few minutes. Nothing could be further from the truth!

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Banff Outdoor Film Festival 2010 – Tour runs 17th to the 23rd September

The South African leg of the Banff Mountain Film Festival will run from the 17-23 September at selected Ster Kinekor cinemas including Cavendish Square and Tygervalley in Cape Town, Sandton Square in Johannesburg and Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria.

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Sharper Edges by Andrew De Klerk

Sharper Edges by Andy de Klerk

A soulful new twist on climbing literature, the stories in Sharper Edges span two decades of climbing, BASE jumping and family life. With frankness, sensitivity, philosophy and deadpan humour, Andy de Klerk takes you on the end of a rope into his world of extreme danger, friendship, heartache and loss.

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India Big Wall Expedition

This plan, like all good climbing plans, was originally hatched at 1am after a heavy party to celebrate Bernard and Linda’s wedding.

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RBs – a useful addition to your trad-rack

There was a buzz on the Climb.co.za forum recently around bad things happening when good men do nothing…and removable bolts (RBs) were mentioned.

The mental game – Part 2. Facing Fear

My palms are sweating, my breathing erratic, my pulse is racing. I’m gripped from the moment my feet leave the ground. I’m lunging for holds. I’m over-gripping. This is ridiculous. I trust my belayer. This isn’t a difficult grade for me.

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Arjan De Kok on sending Green Mamba (8B) at Rocklands

When the water blew up and shit went down!

There I stood on top of this boulder, smiles from ear to ear, pure pleasure!

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The mental game – Part 1

So what is mental training? Well there is more to it than just thinking positive. It’s a technique that is not only useful for increasing your confidence and chances of success but it also stimulates the same neural pathways you need to use those muscles.

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