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Portraits: Keith James – Beautiful features

Is rock-climbing more then just a competition and physical exercise? Keith James, one of Grahamstown's climbing pioneers think so.
Keith James

Is rock-climbing more then just a competition and physical exercise? Keith James, one of Grahamstown’s climbing pioneers think so.
He sees the beauty of a route and the beauty of the movements. He describes climbing as having “martial arts elements” which makes it more challenging than just running or walking in nature. Keith does not see the appeal of climbing walls and gyms over the opportunity to be outside.

Keith James came to Grahamstown in the 80s. He is a teacher at Kingswood and has introduced many of his students to the sport.

Catharina Andersen is a Journalism student at Rhodes University.

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Tian van Heerden
Tian van Heerden
7 years ago

Thank you for this brief but beautiful portrait of the man who’s been one of the most inspirational men in my life. One day when I grow up I’d like to be like him.
For sure!

Bruce Tomalin
Bruce Tomalin
7 years ago

Lekker Keith, very lekker!

Dave
7 years ago

Legend!

Duncan Aird
Duncan Aird
7 years ago

This man set me off on my climbing career almost 40 years ago! Although I don’t always climb, when I do, I do it for the right reasons, which are nicely re-phrased here. Much respect!

Matthew Harper
Matthew Harper
7 years ago

Keith James is a man who taught and coached me years ago and who ill never forget

Shaun Larkan
Shaun Larkan
3 years ago

Mr James .. legend .. my English teacher from 40 years ago

Glenn Hutch
Glenn Hutch
2 years ago

Keith James never forget him traversing across the blackboard in English Class after arriving on his brush painted BMW and a bit of touch rugby on the A field. What a legend, much respect.

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