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Author: Hilton Davies

Fernwood Face, Rock Climbing, Table Mountain, Cape Town

Fernwood for the People

The immense and daunting Fernwood Precipice would not yield a codger’s route – of this we were sure. But we really didn’t want to open a heroes’ route. Something in between would be just right.

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Firecracker goes Free!

In the summer of 1974, a couple of young, hard climbers from up north arrived in the Western Cape. Their tanks were full with drive and ambition. If opportunity would intersect with preparation and talent, they would do something special…

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Magnetic Wall, Table Mountain

Magnetic Wall – An Evolving Story

Don set off with a clutch of pitons and hammer. He aided a thin seam up the very attractive steep white face until he could free climb up to an overlap… Jonathan Levy and Tim Hughes joined Mike and Don to follow up their route on its first ascent.

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Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart: It’s proper-tough at solid 25 and the gear is thin and hard to place. But it’s the fourth pitch, the soaring arête pitch that is the raison d’etre, the jewel in the crown, the main event.

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Oceans of Fear, Klein Winterhoek

Oceans of my Life

“Was it a Top 100 night?” Ian and Arno wanted to know. Guy Paterson-Jones and I had topped-out on Klein Winterhoek after climbing the legendary Oceans of Fear then raced down to link up with Ian and Arno who had climbed the frontal route.

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Joe Möhle, unplugged, on Roulette, Table Mountain

Cape Classics by Adele McCann

Adele’s pocket-sized, ring-bound book, published in 1993, is a varied selection of trad routes in the Western Cape. To her great credit Adele climbed all of these routes – a not-insignificant achievement for any local.

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Time Warp Direct

In 1977 the great climbers, my friends Dave Cheesmond and Tony Dick established the first route up Yellowwood Amphitheatre.

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