Rock climbing equipment

29 Aug 2012 06:37 #55098 by BobbyStanton
We are duly braced.

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29 Aug 2012 08:14 #55100 by splatacat
Ghaz,

We have a small climbing gym i pmb where i go as regularly as i can to keep fit and strong. will be good to see you there one day.

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29 Aug 2012 11:16 #55103 by ghaznavid
I must get details of where it is, check it out some time.

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01 Sep 2012 10:30 #55115 by ghaznavid
Ok, so I did 2 routes at Monties (Monteseel - half way between PMB and Durban).

Trevor lead both of them (naturally) - lots of cams placed, they are definitely much easier to remove :laugh:

The first route we did was a grade 12 (apparently thats about an E grade) - Adam’s Apoplexy:


I had "shoe failure" a third of the way up and had to finish the climb barefoot. Not too much bloodshed occurred... I will be buying climbing shoes shortly...

Due to the difficulty of the first climb and the fact that I didn't have decent shoes for climbing, we went for complete overcompensation on the second climb - a hybrid of 2 routes, Hot Plate and some other route which I don't remember the names of:


Before I get a bunch of responses about how a belayer should never take his hands off the rope, note that I had the rope locked with one hand and asked him if he could wait for a photo - so safety wasn't jeopardised

With the rope in place (just before I began to climb), you can see the route:

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01 Sep 2012 12:45 #55116 by Fitness
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@Ghaz, I'm jealous, B)

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02 Sep 2012 15:45 #55117 by ghaznavid
Just got another pic of the climbing of facebook (Adam’s Apoplexy):

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03 Sep 2012 13:44 #55128 by intrepid
Cool ghaz. Watch out for that bug, it can bite pretty hard.

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.

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03 Sep 2012 15:57 #55132 by ghaznavid
I think rock climbing may be a secondary infection to the Berg Bug bite I suffered in 2009 on top of Rhino. I find the idea of being able to summit certain rock climbing peaks to be highly appealing - although I did enjoy the climbing aspect. I am still only looking at the Sentinel, bulk of the Cathedral Peak range, Amphlett, Turret and maybe a few of the tougher easy climbs like the Inner Tower. I can't see me using Monteseel for anything other than Berg training.

Considering the first climb I did on Saturday was an E-grade and wasn't that difficult I am sure I am able to kill some easy roped Berg climbs provided I can find a group to tag along with - my climbing ability is not yet sufficient to lead (not to mention that it will take a while to build up equipment)...

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03 Sep 2012 19:30 #55133 by ghaznavid
I found a funny way of remembering the old grading system:

Blah
Can't be bothered
Darn easy
Easy
Fair
Gnarly
Holy sheep! cleaned up
Insane!
Jy joke seker

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05 Sep 2012 17:29 #55157 by splatacat
The Climbing wall is on Mayors walk, in the sports development center where they do gymnastics and martial arts.

Josh Runs it and he has made a nice place for us climbers here in pmb

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