Dragon's Tale 2023

by Ollie Esplin Once upon a time in a land not so far away there was a young maiden. At birth, she was christened The Gordian Edge. She was a via ferrata, a one-of-a-kind, raised by a small group of unsung heroes in the mountain-loving community. She was a Mystical Creature, original and unique, rising …

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Will Gadd on SA Ice 2023

by Colin McCoy In July this year a small group of us had the privilege of hosting Canadian ice and mixed climber, Will Gadd, for a whirlwind 10-day climbing trip in the Drakensberg. This all came about when Tim Larsen commented on an Instagram post of Will’s, about how short the South African ice climbing …

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An Instant of Joy2023

Legendary South African climber and mountaineer, Andy de Klerk, relates his account of his solo ascent of the Eiger’s infamous North Wall. I took a deep breath as I passed the bronze plaques bolted to the wall just above the bergschrund. Dawn had just broken a thin crack of red on the horizon, and there …

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Climb Book review 2023

Review by Tony Lourens Author: Jacob D NuttallIllustrations: Jacob D NuttallPages: 179 • B&W throughoutDimensions: 15 x 23cmPublisher: Naked Snail Books (self-published via KDP Amazon)Available: Paperback £11.99 and Kindle £4.99ISBN: 978-1739294304 I have read numerous ‘how to’ books on climbing, and in fact have also written one.To be honest, it is hard to be original, …

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Jakob Schubert sends Deep Water Soloing's hardest routes in Mallorca - part 2.

The Climbing World Championships in Bern and the great successes Austria’s Jakob Schubert celebrated there have delayed the release of part 2 of the unique DWS premiere in Mallorca a bit, but the impressive images are more worth seeing than ever. Don’t leave the office or the computer today until you have seen this video – cooling down guaranteed! 

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BD Pursuit 30

by Tony Lourens I’m constantly on the lookout for the perfect sized pack, with the right design and features for long multi-pitch rock climbs and single day peak bagging missions, and I think my long search has come to a happy ending. BD’s new 30-litre Pursuit is what I have been looking for, for a …

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SAM-86

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. Read Online Editorial Does climbing ever leave us? This is an editorial I wrote 10 years ago. …

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Ama Dablam 2023

by Julia Wakeling Bird While debating where we would like to spend our honeymoon, Garrreth excitedly suggested Ama Dablam, a majestic Himalayan mountain. Wholly disbelieving in my ability to climb such an intimidating icy peak, I was not so keen. Just looking at pictures of it terrified me.Very slowly, over time, I came around to …

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Moai 2023

by Dave Barnes Tasmania is one hell of an Island. Before time was measured, indigenous folk roamed its abundant coast. They called it Lutruwita. More recently, white folk came seeking to build wealth by establishing foreign kingdoms. They called it Van Diemens Land. Today, a smattering of people from every corner of the world call …

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Last Moon 2023

by Paul Fatti Area: Blouberg North Wall, Limpopo ProvinceFirst Ascent: Paul Fatti and Art McGarr, July 1978Route grade: 19Length of route: Approx. 350 metresNumber of pitches: 11Approach: Car to campsite 3 to 4 hours, campsite to climb 1.5 hoursClimbing time: 6 to 8 hours for a party of twoDescent time: 1.5 hoursBest time of year: …

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