It came to our attention that a group of well known South African climbers have some bold plans for this winter—plans that involve 7,000km of sailing and a healthy dose of big wall route development deep within the Arctic circle.
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I’d arrived in Yosemite three weeks earlier with low expectations of how I’d perform, and a very vague idea of what I wanted to climb. El Cap was not high on the list.
The third and last day I had on Titanic last October was another 4am start. Putting on my shoes I got the feeling in my gut that is seldom wrong: this will be the go that I’ll get it.
On the 5th of September, Clinton martinengo, aka “Ningo”, and I made an ascent of the NW face of the Half Dome.
“Never slept. My mind kinda just shut off periodically. Was shaken out of it before sunrise by serious thunder and lightning. My first words of the day were – we’re f**ked now!”
This plan, like all good climbing plans, was originally hatched at 1am after a heavy party to celebrate Bernard and Linda’s wedding.
The Zanskar Region in the Himalaya of Northern India is a relatively unexplored mecca of sheer granite walls and 6000m peaks. Inaccessible for 8 months of the year, you can imagine the excitement when Julia Wakeling got the call for a planned trip to this mountain fortress.
I caught up with Clinton on the phone an hour before his flight to India…
Yosemite is home to one of the most concentrated collections of trad Crack climbs in the world. The route Astroman is arguably the most famous route of its kind and is just hard enough or easy enough to entice or inspire any seasoned or “wanna be” trad climber.
Clinton Martinengo is at the top of his game right now, he’s climbed and opened numerous routes around South Africa and now he is in the United States for an international climbing meet, a Yosemite trip and then some…