The 1996 Sunday Times Everest Expedition was touted as a symbol of non-racial unity and achievement for the new South Africa.
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All agree that the British-born leader of the First South African 1996 Everest Expedition, Ian Woodall, was the villain.
Climbing is synonymous with travel. As climbers we get to avoid the tourist label and experience foreign places and cultures in a unique and often authentic way. There are a handful of must-see climbing destinations that demand a pilgrimage. For alpine climbing the place it all began is Chamonix.
Wild at Heart: It’s proper-tough at solid 25 and the gear is thin and hard to place. But it’s the fourth pitch, the soaring arête pitch that is the raison d’etre, the jewel in the crown, the main event.
Clinton Martinengo, Wall of Silence Solo from 14 to 20 March 2014. I made the sixth overall and second solo ascent of Wall of Silence. I had been toying with the idea of soloing it for a long time but I always found a reason not to commit and to leave it for another day.
He started climbing at age 13 and has done hundreds of first ascents of new climbing routes in South Africa and worldwide.
A world-renowned rock climber, alpinist, skydiver and BASE jumper, Andy de Klerk has been climbing for more than 20 years. He speaks about opening routes, of which he has extensive experience.
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The speakers at this third edition of FEAT are cut from the same cloth. Andy de Klerk has opened countless climbing routes; he’s also a respected and accomplished alpinist, skydiver and BASE jumper.
A soulful new twist on climbing literature, the stories in Sharper Edges span two decades of climbing, BASE jumping and family life. With frankness, sensitivity, philosophy and deadpan humour, Andy de Klerk takes you on the end of a rope into his world of extreme danger, friendship, heartache and loss.
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Two men who have spent their lives in the void, high up in some of the most extreme environments in the world. Realms that are wild, untouched frontiers of human experience – Sharper Edges will be broadcast on Saturday, 5 June, at 18:30 on SABC3.