Tradathon 2023

by Garvin Jacobs The 10th edition of the Black Diamond Tradathon finally made its way to the Eastern Cape. Morgan Bay, with its balmy mid-winter days, ample accommodation and incredible sea cliff climbing simply outclassed the other contenders to host this year’s event. Those in the know will tell you it wasn’t an easy choice, …

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TNF Dryzzle Futurelight Jacket (men’s)

by Tony Lourens There are quite a few things that I look for when assessing a rain shell. The most important ones are: it has to be properly waterproof, and it has to be properly breathable. That is a given and no compromise can be entertained. The other almost as important factors are cut and …

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TNF Diablo down jacket

by Tony Lourens There has and always will be two camps with regards to down and synthetic filling for garments and sleeping bags. I own and use both and I feel there is a place for both in the market, but it is hard to beat the warmth, soft comfort and cuddle factor of a …

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Nikwax2023

by Tony Lourens Walk into any gear room, or open any wardrobe of a climber or mountain lover and you are likely to see multiple layers of high-tech outdoor clothing from fleeces to soft shells to down and synthetic jackets and rain shells. And that is just some of the apparel. Not to mention sleeping …

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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. Read Online Editorial Winter is upon us As I am sitting here, in my little loft office …

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Sintra Magic

Climbing and surfing in the pearl of Portugal by Massimo Cappuccio There are many reasons to travel to Portugal, and even more if you are a climbing and surfing enthusiast. The great ocean waves and immense beaches attract the best surfers from all over, and this is the reason why Portugal is famous in the …

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Green Gullies

An iconic winter climb and traverse of the Mostertshoek Twins by Richard Schmidt A faint irritation disturbs the warm peaceful sleep. Getting more annoying now. Eyes open. Look at the alarm clock . . . What the #$&%*? The best sleep is always just before you have to wake up. Do I really feel like …

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by Tony Lourens In March this year, we found ourselves lounging in chilled and laidback Portugal, and more specifically in the vibrant city of Lisbon and the beautiful surrounding countryside, staying with our very good friends, João and Teresa. They are long time climbers and know all the climbing areas well, so we were in …

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Jakob Schubert pays a visit to DNA (9c)

It’s the world’s hardest lines that catch Jakob Schubert’s attention particularly fast. Ever since French rock climber Sebastién Bouin opened the route DNA in the Verdon Gorge in 2022 and proposed the grade 9c, 32-year-old Schubert couldn’t wait to make the trip to the steep wall of La Ramirole and lay his hands on one …

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TNF trousers

Review by Patsy Lourens I’ve worn plenty of convertible trousers over the years, but TNF have taken things a step further with the new Explorations.Manufactured from durable water repellent nylon stretch fabric, these trousers have a nice ‘hugging’ close fit, with a slightly higher than normal waist. This, coupled with a belt closure through its …

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