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Ripcord: a choice, an event.

Our ropes multiplied, my foot is intact. Neither by choice… This is a tale of triumph, Whoa! and reflection. Mostly the latter.

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Runaway veldfire in Franschhoek

Firefighters battled on Monday to contain a runaway fire in the Cape winelands which is now spreading towards Du Toits Kloof

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Du Toitskloof fire – please avoid this area

There is a large fire raging in the Du Toitskloof area and it is unsafe to go into this area at present.

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Climbing the Chess Pieces

Until recently, this area has seen remarkably little development, despite its attractions: rock of Cederberg-like quality, a great setting, its proximity to Cape Town (this reducing the travel carbon footprint) and a reasonable walk-in distance of about 3 hours. The only real draw-back is that little or no water may be available in the dry season or unless it has rained recently. There remains much scope for climbing new routes of all grades.

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Exposure In The F Major

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It all started in the ‘shack’ over a few beers, as most things do. Andy, a friend of mine out from England, asked if I’d do exposure with him and of course it seemed a good idea at the time. The valley had just burnt so the walk in shouldn’t be too bad, therefore it should be a great day out, because as you all know, the only tough part of exposure is the walk in and the walk out. Hmmm.

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