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The Rocklands post – week 5

A quick recap of past week, that illustrates well what happens when you put a psyched crew of strong climbers in the middle of tons of good boulders.

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Oliphant’s dawn by Hukkataival

In 2000, Fred Nicole put up Oliphant’s dawn in Rocklands. Supposedly, he had difficulties making up his mind regarding the grade, saying it was somewhere between 8B and 8C. Now, after 12 years, Nalle Hukkataival has become the first to repeat it.

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Alex Honnold: Rock climber scales his way to the top

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Camping with your iPhone: The best accessories and gear

Southern Rock Pops

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The almost-but-not-quite-impossible wall

After a few days rest we picked out a potential line on Impossible Wall and packed our haulbags: 80 litres of water, 100 cans of food and a mountain of hardware and ropes, over 300 kg in total.

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Mazeno Ridge: Summit of Nanga Parbat confirmed!

On the 19th of July at circa 12:00 local time British alpinists Sandy Allan and Rick Allen returned to Base Camp safe and sound after having reached the summit of Nanga Parbat on 15 July and after having completed the historic first traverse of the long Mazeno Ridge.

Video: The Rocklands post – week 4

Few words required to introduce this week edition: highballs, hard climbs, motivation, inspiration. Having a crew like Michele Caminati, Daniel Woods, Nalle Hukkataival, Dave Graham and Chad Greedy in the place helps too.

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The Stetind.

Feeling Illiterate

I must admit that growing up in the mountains of the Western Cape, no matter how you explore them, doesn’t adequately prepare you for alpine experiences.

Robyn Erbesfield sends her first 8c

A few days after daughter Brooke aged 11 year sent “Welcome to Tijuana” 8c, Mother Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou managed to send the route yesterday.