Climbing Partner Wanted Drakensberg Late Jan

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Climbing Partner Wanted Drakensberg Late Jan

Post by ClimbingCanuck » Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:06 pm

Hi Everyone!

I'm a Canadian guy 32 yrs typically leading 5.9 (USA Rating System, unsure of the conversion) and confident to second up 5.10a-5.11b
touring the Country for Jan-Feb, hoping to get some climbing done in the Drakensberg if I can find a partner with a rope and gear.
I brought my own personal Pieces Harness, Shoes, Helmet, belay device and a few carabiners.

Please let me know if there are any parties heading out that I could tag along with as I've heard of some good climbing to be had in this part of the country.

Thanks so much in advance!

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Re: Climbing Partner Wanted Drakensberg Late Jan

Post by Ghaznavid » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:48 am

What routes are you planning on doing? My 2017 to-do list has a few Drakensberg rock climbs on it.

Just note that grades in the Drakensberg don't equate to grades elsewhere. A few quotes for context:
1) "If you find a good hold in the Drakensberg, please put it back"
2) From an RD on a route "climb weetbix masquerading as rock"

The normal trad grades in South Africa:
D = Darn Easy
E = Easy
F = Fair
G = Gnarly
H = Horrible
I = Impossible
J = Joking?

In the Drakensberg:
D = death scramble
E = eloquently pulling on grass
F = You are F###ed
"There is something fundamentally wrong in treating the Earth as if it were a business in liquidation." Herman E Daly

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