Seen as Ebert is playing all coy, I decided to write a few words to praise his recent first ascent of a new (34) 8c. Ebert Nel from Pretoria opened Megalomaniac at the Man Cave on Sunday 26th July (2015).
The line is horizontal for 2/3rd of it length, taking an incipient flake through a roof via a very hard boulder section then an athletic race to chains way out and up. I bolted the line a couple years back but sacked it off as being too hard. Its certainly 8c. This is the second 8c ‘up north’ along with Shear Force at Boven.
Ebert tried Megalomaniac off and on for a year or so, feeling light on the day of his send, with mind free of ego, full of confidence. Megalomaniac means “someone with delusional fantasies of power”, clearly not a self-reflection. Well done Ebert, I salute you.
Ebert is sponsored by Mountain Mail Order. He wears 5.10 shoes and climbs on a Mammut rope, and uses Flashed Draws.
Previously known as Forket, he is moving away from his trolling tendencies and into the light. Expect more hardness and psyche from him.
Finally, ALL bolts hangers and chains at the Man Cave were supplied by the Mountain Club of South Africa (Joburg and Magalies Sections), respect and thanks due.