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By TONY LOURENS It doesn’t matter what one thinks of climbing being part of the Olympic Games, or the format, which lumped all three disciplines (speed climbing, bouldering and lead climbing) in one pot, or indeed the scoring system, which was confounding at the best of times. The fact is, it happened. And South Africa …

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Just before they left for Tokyo, I caught up with James Barnes, Erin’s coach, and chatted to him about Erin’s climbing and his role as coach. Tony Lourens: Can you give us some background on Erin with regards to her climbing and how she rose to this level of competition? James: Erin started climbing in …

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Columbia Sportswear, a leading innovator in outdoor, active and everyday lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment products, is opening a new store in Cape Town, Tyger Valley Mall. The new store will be situated on the mall’s lower level section. Columbia will be launching with the start of its Summer 21 collection. “Columbia is known …

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And that’s a wrap for Climbing at the Tokyo Olympics! Big effort from Janja Garnbret of Slovenia for her Gold medal win with Miho Nonaka taking silver and Akiyo Noguchi bronze, both from Japan. Aleksandra Miroslaw of Poland sets a new World Record of 6.84 seconds in Speed. Main pic: Reuters / Yara Nardi

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Alberto Gines Lopez climbs his way to gold in the first ever Climbing Olympics. Nathaniel Coleman of U.S.A in 2nd and Jakob Schubert of Austria in 3rd. Main pic: Official Olympics Instagram

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Great effort from Erin today as well as achieving her PB in Speed of 11.10s. Below are the result from todays qualifiers. Qualification Summary Qualification Rules: Athletes ranked 1-8 in the combined ranking after Speed, Bouldering and Lead Qualification qualify for the Final; the remainder are eliminated. Main image: Erin’s Instagram

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What a great effort from South Africa’s very own Christopher Cosser today! Placing 9th in Speed, 16th in Boulder and 10th in Lead. Below are the result from todays qualifiers. Qualification Summary Qualification Rules: Athletes ranked 1-8 in the combined ranking after Speed, Bouldering and Lead Qualification qualify for the Final; the remainder are eliminated. …

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by David Naude For newcomers, Rocklands can be an intimidating place. Situated 25 minutes from the town of Clanwilliam, Rocklands can be viewed as rather remote. However, with the right information on accommodation facilities, rest day activities and grocery options. Rocklands can become much more accessible for everybody! Getting there Rocklands is around a 2.5-hour …

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Tue, 3 Aug 10:00 – Men’s Combined, Speed Qualification 11:00 – Men’s Combined, Bouldering Qualification 14:10 – Men’s Combined, Lead Qualification Wed, 4 Aug 10:00 – Women’s Combined, Speed Qualification 11:00 – Women’s Combined, Bouldering Qualification 14:10 – Women’s Combined, Lead Qualification Thu, 5 Aug 10:30 – Men’s Combined, Speed Final 11:30 – Men’s Combined, …

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By David Naude The 2021 Rocklands season has seen some amazing sends and memorable events that have made this predominantly local season one for the history books! On the 19-20th of June, the first annual Rocklands Rally was hosted. And the psych of the local South African climbers who took to the boulders was incredible! …

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