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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:14 pm 
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This is what you call balls. Image climbing on bare feet with hemp rope around your waste.

If I didn't upload the pics correctly have a look on the following site and scroll down to the old pics

http://www.summitpost.org/area/range/15 ... hweiz.html

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 9:01 am 
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Or stupid ! 8)
Maybe just a tad too old style :roll: ...W .


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 9:20 am 
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Those guys were really hardcore. We are wimps.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 9:54 am 
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Yeah back in the days where the \"Leader Never Falls!\"
Speaking of which, does anyone know where I can download OLD pictures of mountaineering and climbing? In \"Classic style\".


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:46 am 
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Try and get hold of old MCSA journals. They go back to 1891...
Most of them are in The Gericke library at the University of Stellenbosch. I'm sure other universities should also have them
Then scan the pics 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:06 pm 
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check out the soles from those guys. we complain about stickyness of our shoes there shoe soles where made from hemp rope. Can image it works on the rough sandstone but on granite?! Dont think so. The area the pics are from I started my climbing career. And I can tell you the leadouts are crazy. 20m climbs with two bolts, one at about 7 meters and the other one at the top. Because the sandstone is soft they don't allow to many bolts, besides it are special long bolts with soft metals like lead to soften the fall. Cams, nuts the standard trad gear is not allowed because it damages the rock when you fall on it. Nuts wouldt work only big cams do but not allowed. What is allowed are old pieces of rope, you make a loop en some knots and stuff them into a crack, works perfectly because it softens the fall and the rock holds! The soft rock also makes old routes quite tricky as the wear down ater decades of climbing and in stead of the original grade 14 become 22's. And those czechs and east germans are crazy but good fun if you can appriciate the karacters. Preparing for my first climb I asked what kind of knots where best to use for pro. Answer: just climb you learn yourself as you go up very fast.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:34 am 
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thank heavens for modern technology am glad climbing has come such a long way.


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