Sharper Edges – on SABC3

Edmund February

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.  Mountaineering legends Andrew de Klerk and Edmund February are revolutionaries in the climbing world,  pioneering and defining the sport in Africa. Standing before forbidding slabs of rock, sheer cliff faces rising hundreds of meters into the air, Ed and Andy through their fearless and unrelenting exploration, have opened well over 500 new routes all over Africa. Their lives have been perched in some of the remote and isolated mountains where the realities of the modern world are alien and testing the edges of existence is the norm.

Named after the first conqueror of Everest, Edmund Hilary, and living in the shadow of Table Mountain, it seemed Ed was destined to be a climber. He had to overcome immense challenges to become who he is today, during Apartheid he wasn’t welcome in the Mountain Club of South Africa and had to outwit authorities to climb on restricted land. When he met Andy they formed not only a legendary partnership but also an unlikely enduring friendship. Andy, a legend in his own right has experienced his own emotional hardships and has solo climbed the north faces of the Alps, surviving five days without food, pioneering routes in Alaska, Pakistan, Patagonia, Scotland and the USA.

Both men have experienced the shaper edges of society, they escaped the harsh realities of their past by launching themselves beyond the peak of human endurance. In the furthermost remote summits they have been surrounded by untouched nature, environments that have calmed the soul and pushed them out of their societal confines to greatness. “Sharper edges” is an insight into the hearts of two men who have gone where few do, exploring what has sculpted them and their achievements both on rock and as friends.

Sharper Edges will be broadcast on Saturday, 5 June, at 18:30 on SABC3

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Sharper Edges, A documentary on Andy de Klerk and Ed February, legends of the climbing scene in South Africa, these two men have pioneered climbing in Africa. We follow their lives and how nature has had a significant impact on who they are. Directed by Matthew von Abo for the Healing Power of Nature series by African Renaissance Productions in conjunction with Mafisa.

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6 Responses to Sharper Edges – on SABC3

  1. Jono Jun 4, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    Looks like a good little doccy, but I think the editing could have been a bit better……… long shot = top rope, close-up = lead. S’pose it’s all the same to the non-climbing general SABC public though 🙂

  2. Heinrich Jun 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    ….new style man, you lead but you toprope but you lead. It’s a win-win situation! heh

  3. Jacques Jun 5, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    I looked on the SABC scheduling…I dont see any documentary for 18h30 SABC3 –> DSTV guide?
    Are you sure about date and time?

  4. Heinrich Jun 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    Jacques, the series’ name is Healing Power of Nature series (by African Renaissance Productions). You’ll see, it is scheduled under this name

  5. Snort Jun 6, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    I must say that the director and producer did not do justice to the subject matter or the personalities. Unless you know who Andy and Ed are the whole thing was quite arbitrary in my opinion.

  6. Cathy Jun 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    I think as climbers we would find it a bit arb, but the programme is called “the Healing Power of Nature”
    and both Ed and ADK made many references to how the mountains made them feel complete, calmer, happier etc, etc It also brought 2 climbers from completely different back grounds together at a time where this was frowned upon, (I stand to be corrected, but sadly even in the MCSA, from what I have heard) I dont think the programme was made to please us climbers but perhaps encourage non climbers to go out and “feel” the mountains.
    Perhaps some guy was mooching on his couch happened to watch the programme and then found himself taking a little walk in to the mountains the next day and amazingly felt a lot better , than had he sat another day infront of the telly…………………
    That said though it took me forever to tune the damn tv in to SABC and now I might have to hide it before the inspectors come knocking and my sprogglet gets ideas about watching telly.

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