Borealis

Review by Patsy Lourens I started off saying this pack is a hybrid, but actually it is way more than that. The Borealis is a multi-functional pack that fared excellently in the hills, as it does in the gym, on your bike, in the work place, a day in the city, or as your ultimate …

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Petzl TIKKA-CORE_HighRes

Review by Tony Lourens Another solid, reliable and very effective product from Petzl, the originator of the modern headlamp.The thing is, how does one improve on a headlamp which is already at the top of the game?What I like about the Tikka Core 450, is that it is a basic, no frills headlight that does …

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March 2023 Banner2

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 Climbing with Legends The world is full of climbing legends. Some are big names …

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Confessions of a Dirtbag 2023

by Tristan van der Merwe I’m a man. I’m a flawed man. Often driven by my many vices. I’m gripped by them, feeding them until I walk away injured, heartbroken or distressed. Some would say it’s a hedonistic compulsion of impulse and spontaneity.A pursuit of ego-driven self-indulgence. I mean, what more could a year-long climbing …

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Classic Climb Elsies Peak 2023

by Tony Lourens Two of the best easy multi-pitch routes in the country. My friend Paul and I were sitting in the train, the skin on our thighs sticking to the green vinyl seats and our clammy palms tightly gripping the edge of the open window as the 7.30 am train rolled into Sunnycove station. …

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Kandertal

by Niky Ceria Blausee is a marvellous turquoise lake in the heart of the Kander valley in the Swiss canton of Bern. The valley has seen many outdoor tourists in the last decades and most of them come to visit its special ice climbing spots or to enjoy other activities like via ferratas, skiing, sport …

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BritRock2023

Brought to you by SA Mountain & Blue Mountain Adventurespartnered by Black Diamond, Scarpa, The North Face The Brit Rock Film Tour is a line-up of the best new climbing films, from the UK’s top adventure filmmakers, featuring some of the country’s most popular climbers. Leading filmmaker and founder of the Brit Rock Tour, Alastair …

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Jakob Schubert Project Big 2022

It was September when Jakob Schubert followed Adam Ondra’s invitation to join him for a trip to Norway’s famous Flatanger cave and the mission this duo of world class climbers had in front of them was nothing less than BIG, Project Big. A route that Ondra always felt – in his own words – ‘intimidated …

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GR_Dec2022_TNFForeverFresh

review by Tony Lourens There are two major factors that can hugely enrich your experience when out in the mountains, whether on a traverse across the Cederberg or Drakensberg, a trip into the wild Hex, or even an overnight jaunt to your favourite climbing area. One is you want to carry as light as possible. …

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GR_Dec2022_BDHelmet

review by Tony Lourens BD has done it again! You just have to go onto the Google reviews of the Capitan helmet to see how popular this helmet is becoming.As with the Vision helmet from last year, the Capitan ticks a lot of boxes. It is compact, light and comfortable. So much so, that you …

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