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Climb4HopeSA, for the third year in a row, will be hosting the Climb4Hope Climbing and Hiking fund raising event in the town of Montagu, to raise money for three very important and worthwhile causes. DKMS (the Sunflower Fund): DKMS fights blood disorders, like Leukaemia, Aplastic Anaemia, Sickle Cell Disease to name a few, through the …

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By Tony Lourens Pics by Tony Lourens and Ed February This weekend past (September 11 and 12, 2021) marked a milestone in trad climbing in South Africa. The iconic Lost World Crag in Montagu – which has been closed to climbing for decades – was reopened for an unforgettable event which drew 40 passionate climbers …

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Petzl’s new Selena harness is designed specifically for sport and gym climbing, but also performs fairly well as a trad harness. Let’s take a look at the product first and foremost as a climbing harness: As one would expect, the Selena is manufactured to Petzl’s excellent standards – the broad waistband and leg loops are …

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Here again, Black Diamond have thrown the perfect ingredients into the mixing bowl to pull a genuine ‘urban to crag’ pack out the proverbial oven. To start with, the Street Creek 30 is designed along similar lines to the rest of the tried and tested Creek range – super durable ballistic nylon, a semi-cylindrical-shaped haul-bag-design …

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The big question is, what do you want from an approach shoe? Right, so the first thing, and one of the more important (as I’m sure most will agree), is the sticky rubber sole. This, in essence, is what really separates the ‘approach’ shoe from your common or garden ‘running’ shoes, or ‘takkies’. You need …

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Earlier this year I was introduced to Garmin’s flagship watch, the Fenix 6 Pro, during a 3-day hiking and peak-bagging trip in the Cederberg mountains. I was immediately intrigued, then fascinated, then staggered by the sheer ‘tech power’ of this device and how much it could actually do in terms of data storage and delivery, …

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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. Access, access, access Access! It has almost become a profanity these days amongst some climbers. How indignant …

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words by SAM NIGHTINGALE photo GARRRETH BIRD ‘Are we on?’ I extended a chalky hand towards Richard ‘Squeeks’ Halsey expectantly as we stood on the boulder mats of CityROCK gym. After a characteristic pause of careful consideration, he shook my hand. My excitement was tempered by Squeeks’ recognition of the potential size of the undertaking. …

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words by ANT HALL photo by RICHARD BEHNE The Cederberg is full of special places, splashed liberally with deep orange, sky blue, the wild wind (and the occasional leopard), and it evokes a Tolkienesque type of imagination in anyone willing to explore. Recent fires and closures have prompted many of us to stray from the …

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words & Photo MATTHEW HOLT Rock climbing started in June 1886, at least according to the English, who claim to have invented most sports they no longer win at. By then most major peaks in the Alps had been conquered, but – so the argument goes – any technical climbing was purely from necessity, with …

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