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Ice Report #8 + Pictures

As of the last 4 days, much snow has fallen over large parts of South Africa. This should serve to improve and fatten up all the existing ice routes and should make for a longer ice season this year.

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Worlds First Water-Ice 10?

Will Gadd and Tim Emmett have established a 30-meter, 45-degree overhanging ice climb behind an unfrozen waterfall in British Columbia. Spray from the 140-meter (460′) Helmcken Falls plasters blobs and daggers of ice to the volcanic rock, creating a unique style of ice route.

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Chasing Vapour Trails

Trying to tell someone you climb ice in South Africa is like explaining to foreign soccer supporters why the vuvuzela is necessary at local soccer games. The concept of ice climbing in South Africa is just not something that the average South African mind can comfortably conceive.

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New Ice Climb at Giants Castle

For the past six years I have been waiting for the Shisa gully at Giants Castle to come into condition to make an ascent of this previously unclimbed route. Only the final pitch had been climbed in the past and by top-rope only. This left the rest of the gully waiting for a complete ascent.

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