Be Quick or Be Dead

The long lost and forgotten mini trad crag of Crystal Dream Palace on the outskirts of Hermanus has lay devoid of any real activity ever since Clinton Martinengo developed the cliff at the turn of the millennium.

Joe Mohle decided to give the area some attention with his sights set on the crag’s testpiece, “Be Quick or Be Dead” 31, which had no repeats since Clinton opened it in 1999.

Joe made the drive out to Hermanus five times before success came on a rainy Saturday and he claimed the second ascent of what he claims is “The best power endurance route in the world…”. The ground fall potential and the tiny nature of the gear placements make placing pro on lead extremely dangerous and difficult, so Joe opted to climb it on pre-placed gear, in the same style as the first ascentionist.

Joe is sponsored by DMM, Wild Country

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Joe Mohle, climbing, Hermanus

Joe on the 2nd ascent of ‘Be Quick or Be Dead’ (31) Photo by Garrreth Bird

IMAGE: Screen grabs by Gareth Bird

7 Responses to Be Quick or Be Dead

  1. Dark Horse Apr 20, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    Well done Joe brilliant dude!

  2. James0 Apr 20, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    Nice work!
    Would like to know exactly where the crag is.

  3. Jimbo Apr 20, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    shot Joe,
    I’ve been on the route on top rope and the gear is not great and very spaced – a very bold lead even with pre placed gear

  4. Mario Apr 20, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Another BRILLIANT send dude!

    Well done!

  5. Derek Marshall Apr 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Freaking awesome Joe!

  6. Cormac Apr 24, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    Nice! Is there a Wiki for this crag. Are there easier routes?

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