This is essentially a request for beta but let me give some context.
My name is Merrick Schaefer and I am a climber who happens to be working for UNICEF in New York City. I wrote an article for Climbing magazine: (http://climbing.com/print/current/246/
) last year on climbing in the Todra Gorge in Morocco and it ended up in the hands of the head of my division. This gave them some interesting ideas.
One of the major programs UNICEF is working on is trying to stem the spread of AIDS in Africa(http://www.unicef.org/uniteforchildren/
) and they are always looking for ways to get media attention both locally and globally on the seriousness of the problems in Sub-saharan Africa. The heads of the division essentially see a climbing event/movie/article as a good method for doing this (another project right now has to do with the World Cup so it is not totally off the wall) and are asking me to help coordinate something. They are particularly interested in Lesotho as the AIDS epidemic there is really serious. And rumor has it that Lesotho is full of climbable rock.
Does anyone on this board know anything about the climbing there? Bouldering, sport or trad? Developed or undeveloped? High quality or local crags?
And beyond Lesotho I am interested in some more specific beta about the South African climbing scene. I hear that it is awesome. If someone would be willing to have a phone conversation with me I would greatly appreciate it. I can call you at a time that works for you.
So please post any beta here or Private Message me with a phone number and a time to call. I would greatly appreciate it.