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by Tony Lourens pic by Garrreth Bird A few months ago, Joe Möhle contacted me. “Tony, we should do an article on the best crack climbs in South Africa for SAM. What do you think?” It was a no brainer of course! What a great idea. Which climber wouldn’t like to read and see great …

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words and pic by Massimo Cappuccio Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, a surprising land, rich in history and traditions, where arts and cultures are intertwined. Influenced by various civilizations over time, Sicily has inherited from each of them a piece of artistic mosaic rarely seen elsewhere. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and …

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words and pic by Matthew Holt I fidgeted in a socially distanced plastic chair in the Arrivals Lounge, feeling like I was rolling Monopoly dice approaching the ‘Go-directly-to-jail’ square, with more drastic consequences. Having come to view Kilimanjaro’s fabled snows, Mandy Ramsden and I were undertaking obligatory Rapid Antigen tests on arrival, with failures rather …

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First featured in issue 37 (June 2011) of SA Mountain Mallory and Irving were a pair of keen beginner trad climbers based in Johannesburg. They were tired of the usual Magaliesberg kloofs and felt in need of some exploration further afield. The Magaliesberg kloofs are particularly beautiful in an unexpected sort of way because they …

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British climber, Anna Taylor, has made a free solo ascent of Psykovsky’s Sequins E8 at Danby Crag, England at the age of 23. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Anna Taylor (@anna_taylor_98)

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First featured in issue 15 (December 2005) of SA Mountain Mountains are made of rocks. Sounds obvious, really. Problem is just how well those rocks are stuck together. Pull up on a Cederberg jug or a Montagu crimper and you know that this is quality quartzite. A Drakensberg lead is a far more fragile, frightening …

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“For a long time I have wanted to solo the classic big ice route Orion Face Direct V,5 on the north face of Ben Nevis.”

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Read the editorial and check out the contents of the latest issue. With up-to-date news coverage, training articles, gear reviews, celebrity profiles, technical tips covering a wide variety of subjects, event reports, big glossy pics and enthralling articles. Can you live with the idea of not doing that route? I recently watched the Brit Rock …

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words by Tony Lourens Photo Garrreth Bird The very name ‘Lost World’ conjures up visions of mythical mountain landscapes shrouded in tendrils of clingy mist. A place where fabled figures wander amongst a Tolkienesque setting of twisted and tortured rock walls, adorned with cracks and painted in colours from a Post- Impressionist’s palette. Lost World …

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words by Charmaine Kritzinger photo Micky Wiswedel Born in Cape Town, South Africa, to Swiss-French parents, Sylvain embodied the perfect balance between refinement and ruggedness. Hedi and Ernest, Sylvain’s parents, freedom seekers themselves, met 45 years ago, travelled the world by ship, and were offered a place to stay in Bakoven. They ended up raising …

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