Friday, March 30, 2012

Cinema Classics

Rob Fraser is beginning to transfer his indoor climbing abilities to real rock and the results have been promising. Topside's classic, "Cloverfield" 8A at The Cinema was sent after a few sessions, some marred by terrible conditions . Rob then went to make a single session send of the not quite as classic "The Life Aquatic" 7C+. Check out the send of "Cloverfield":


And here's another a clip featuring "The Life Aquatic", a better edit of Rob's "Cloverfield" send as well as a few moderates below:

Sunday, March 25, 2012

WP Boulder League - round 8 highlights

Check out some of the problems that featured in last week's boulder league at UCT. Thanks to Alan Hills for playing camera man on the night.

Friday, March 23, 2012

WP Boulder League - Round 7 & 8

Round 7 and 8 were held at UCT, check out the full results after the break. Your top 8 out of 12 scores count towards the final standings so from next week, your lowest rounds will be dropped. Also, remember that the next round is at UCT not at the MCSA on the 27th of March!!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Moderate Monday

Moderate Mondays are back after a short break. This week, Andrew Wood demonstrates the beta on the tricky "Turbulence Arete" 7A at Topside's Echo Valley. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lately, in the Cape...

The Cinema's crimp classic "Cloverfield", saw it's 4th South African repeat when Harry Crews sent the problem on a solo mission on Monday afternoon. The problem was Harry's first 8A and it seems the boulder league sessions are paying off for several Cape climbers!


Over in Montagu, Jimbo Smith managed a redpoint of "Not for Sale" 31/32 at The Scoop after working the route on and off over the past few months.

Monday, March 12, 2012

WP Boulder League - Round 6

The 6th round of the Cape league took place at UCT. Check out the full scores below.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Arjan in Brione

Check out this cool little clip of Arjan de Kock and friends bouldering in Switzerland. It features Arjan making "Amber" look like a 7A instead of an 8B. He managed to do this problem in a single session!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

MTV Generation

The list of hard problems in Topside continues to grow with the addition of "MTV Generation" 8B by Marijus Šmigelskis at Echo Valley. The line climbs 13+ moves out of a cave above the Mighty Boosh boulders, with each move getting progressively harder. Check out the vid below...


Marijus discovered the line last September and spent numerous sessions last year and 3 this year before succeeding on the problem's complex sequence. Check out what he has to say about the problem here.

Monday, March 5, 2012

More Gauteng Boulder League results

Check out the results thus far from Wonderwall and Exploratio in Gauteng, courtesy of SANCF.

Friday, March 2, 2012

KZN Boulder League - Round 2

Check out the KZN Boulder League results after round 2 below, courtesy of SANCF.

Leslee Salzmann climbing in round 2

UPDATE: One Day Only!

Arjan de Kock has put his good form to excellent use on the gneiss boulders of Switzerland, putting in perhaps the most impressive achievement yet by any South African boulderer. In the blocs of Chironico, he managed to make a one day ascent of "Boogalagga" 8B, making him the first to climb this grade in a single session. Then Arjan repeated this feat the very next day in Brione by climbing "Amber" 8B, again in a single session!

No footage of Arjan on the problems, but check out this video of some Brits on the same climbs. "Amber" is up first, and "Boogalagga" is the third and last.



UPDATE: A cool clip has emerged from Arjan's brief Swiss trip. Check it out:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

WP Boulder League - Round 5

The fifth round of the WP Boulder League was relocated from the MCSA wall to UCT to accommodate the high number of competitors. Marijus ┼ámigelskis won the Men's Open with full marks, and Rachelle de Charmoy topping the Ladies Open. Check out the complete results after the jump.


Gauteng Boulder League Results - Round 4

Check out the results after round 4 from the South African Climbing Academy leg at St Peters courtesy of SANCF after the jump.