#2 World Cup Boulder Comp in Vienna…
The objective is to climb one route in each kloof, namely Upper Tonquani, Boulder, Lower Tonquani and Cedarberg. There are several variations to the theme…
On the South side of Everest, Mandy Ramsden from Johannesburg successfully summitted at 03h30 (Nepalese time) on Saturday morning (22nd) , thereby becoming the first South African woman to achieve the “7 Summits” and 30 minutes before her, Tony Hampson-Tindale, also from Johannesburg, reached the summit. Tony now has now successfully completed six of the seven summits.
Last weekend saw the start to the Boulder World Cup 2010 in Switzerland, with some exciting bouldering taking place. Kilian Fischhuber managed to surpass Adam Ondra after a good semi-final run which lead him to first place after the two were neck and neck. Bronze was handed to Christian Core followed by Cedric Lachat in forth place.
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Conceived as a means to promote the essence of road-tripping amoungst the youth of South Africa, the Renegade is focused on bringing young climbers to new and or distant venues under watchful eyes.
To date a total 835 anchors & lower off’s have been replaced!!!
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At 8h00 the hooter blasted and about 70 climbers headed off. The fancy dress was great! From rave bunnies to superheroes to some odd looking men in bowler hats and ski tights. The weather was perfect, a few bikinis were even spied in Badkloof.
Tags: Montagu rock rally
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.
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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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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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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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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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.
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.
These images are from Raymond Krögers’ trip up Grey’s Ridge – Waaihoek/Hex
Royale Flush was remarkable because it was a pure ground-up ascent over two days and required no fixed protection. The relatively new ‘friends’ proved instrumental for the ascent, but the climb still involved some very bold and committing passages.
Climbers trickled in to The Barn on the morning of 6th Feb to find the climbing gym stripped and reset, waiting, ready for them to try its new routes.
Roger Nattrass has produced a new guidebook that is simply outstanding! All subsequent SA guidebook authors will curse the high standard that he has set for the genre.
In May 2009, a small team of rock climbers departed for Namibia with two goals: to find a way up an unexplored face, and to find a way into a deeper understanding of southern Africa.
Mountain rescue in the Western Cape, and what to do when your outing goes pear-shaped. If you’re climbing a lot and pushing your grades, or really getting out there in the wilderness, hunting those remote, long, loose country routes, then you have a fairly good chance of experiencing some kind of mishap during the course of your mountaineering life.