Monday, March 26, 2007

The Season Starts Early

Rocklands has had some great climbing weather although it's still considered to be summer by most. Dom Riordan took advantaged of the cool temperatures and managed to send "A Pinch of Herbs" 7C at the Roadside boulders and the next day he easily dispatched "Impala" 8A, a dyno problem, in 30 minutes of effort. Meanwhile, at The Riverside, the Šmigelskis brothers managed to send "Eddy Will Go" 7C in a few tries, after both coming frustratingly close on "Au Bord de L'eau" 8A.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Lucky Larry's Larder of Lascivious Lesbians

Russ Hattingh managed to open a hard new problem at The Glade in Gauteng. The long-standing roof project, dubbed "Lucky Larry's Larder of Lascivious Lesbians" by Shaun Harris, went down (excuse the pun) at around 7C, but apparently a rather solid one at that...

Friday, March 23, 2007

The Misaligned Laws of Attraction

Marijus Šmigelskis opened a new sloper problem at the Bonnydoon area in Topside. "The Misaligned Laws of Attraction" 7A is a few metres downhill towards the ocean from "Two Stroke", and rounds a large bulge on slopers and small crimps. Matt Rowe sent the problem moments later and confirmed the grade.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

More at Gold Rush

The Goldrush just seems to keep growing, making it perhaps the premier bouldering destination of the north? Shaun Harris opened "The Little Sodomite Who Could" 7A and Guy Hubbard added "The Cape Seamstress" 7A+ and "King of The Vagabonds" 7B+. Russ Hattingh also repeated "Leap of Faith" 7C.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Captain Graffiti 2nd Ascent!

Marijus Smigelskis has made the second ascent of "Captain Graffiti" 8A at Echo Valley in Topside after 12 days of efforts (the longest he has ever spent on a problem). Although he could do all but one of the moves after a few sessions, the problem's crux, a long move to a small 2-finger slot (pictured below). It took him countless tries to stick the deadpoint when coming from the start and finally send the problem.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Roadside Attractions

Clinton Martinengo has made a rare repeat of "Tai Chi" 8A at Rocklands a week after working the line for two days the previous weekend. Marijus Šmigelskis sent "Nutsa" 8A+ on the same trip, and then both Clinton and Marijus climbed the super-classic "Caroline" 7C.