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.
Greg (Borman) and Mark Millar went to Lesotho last weekend to learn how to ice climb. Unfortunately it was too warm and the icefall we were hoping to climb was still very much a waterfall!
THE tragic climbing accident in which top Cape Town climber Hugh Stevens was critically injured last Friday has again brought into sharp focus not only the risks attached to having a wilderness area in our backyard, but also the heroic and often unsung work done by the rescue volunteers.
Most Club members are aware that during the apartheid years the Cape Town Section conformed to the socio-cultural norms of the time. It was an exclusively white organisation, which had also previously excluded Jewish people.
Celestial Journey – From the ground to the top you are climbing, no scrappy easy pitches and scrambles, just awesome climbing all the way.
I want to die… someone, somewhere please kick me in the head! My head aches and the dry heaving is now getting old. Damn, I hate the altitude. For some unknown reason I have an inherent inability to operate above 4000m without serious acclimatisation. Tyrone and Hannes are fine, minor headaches and that’s all. Shmucks.
Tags: Mount Kenya
Anyone can go ice climbing (provided you have some ice). Richard Halsey give a recount of some ice adventures at Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve in the ‘Berg as part of a UCT Mountain and Ski Club trip.
Many people have heard about the awesome bouldering spot on De Pakhuys farm near Alpha Excelsior, on the Calvinia side of Pakhuys Pass.