/ NEWS: VIDEO: Hard Solos in South Africa - 8a+
In the following video we see Matt soloing Switchbitch (31/8a+), The Activist (30/8a), Cool Like That (29/7c+) and Simply Irresistible (26/7b).
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I have to say though, how soul-less is the SA grading system. "Psyched, just climbed my first 26!!"
Also, would you not remove the draws? As if it's not hard and scary enough without having to brush clips out if your face. What a lunatic.
Crazy. The amount of different margins for error I allow when soloing (reversible moves, able to hang there to be rescued, saving enough energy in case I don't make a move first go...) all seem small-to-nil on these routes.
Terrifying. But then, maybe when you climb 6 grades harder it just feels easy...?
Impressive stuff, I was more scared watching these that I am soloing easy stuff!
Really impressive but i only made it to about 1 1/2 mins before turnign off due to the really annoying editing. I don't think i saw even one move completed as they kept cutting halfway through a dyno etc.
The beginning was even more annoying. What was going on there ? Was it the same route shown on 2 halves of the screen at slightly different times for no good reason ?
Amazing standard of soloing though. Thinking about your comment Dan it'd be like me soloing 6b/6b+. I reckon i could, but i wouldn't want to ;0)
Scary climbing. Idiotic unwatchable editing.
I don't think anything at Montagu feels that easy! I do miss that fantastic rock though...
Having got inspired by mags and photos, I remember he was quite enthusiastic about visiting the uk grit back then. It could be good if he came over; I reckon he'd do pretty well if he could manage the cold, especially now he's gone mental.
Very impresive climbing and great looking rock - that 'Activist' route looked really long too.
The production was good, the music worked well, and the climbing was impressive.
The level of precision was great, not just in the big dynos but all those blind deadpoints to slopers too.
>I have to say though, how soul-less is the SA grading system. "Psyched, just climbed my first 26!!"
Perhaps the SA grading system is simple enough to avoid the psychological issues UK climbers have with breaking into 7a or 8a, or the big jumps in difficulty between VS and HVS, or any of the E grades. A simple system doesn't draw attention to itself and could allow the focus to be on the climbs. Goodness knows how many awesome 6c+s I've missed out on because there was a 7a next to it!
Still amazing although he is probably well wired!
The river is not very deep most of the time, although as been known to flood.
I 100% agree with this Dan!
As for the vid, crazy standard of soloing! Scary stuff.
That looks a very lonely crash mat. Incredible.
> The river is not very deep most of the time, although as been known to flood.
> Incredible stuff...
I think jumping into the river would be worse than trying to land on the path! It's shallow and full of rocks.
I need to go and lie down for a bit.
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