Age: 28 yrs old
I have been sport climbing for about 12yrs with a few gaps inbetween (only because of work, studies, and family). My first time on rock outdoors on holiday at Silvermine in Cape Town 2001, my brother Steven and I rocked up in our skateboard shoes and a family friend, Judy, got us up some easy top ropes. I was hooked!
Back in Johannesberg, I tagged along with family friends big into traditional climbing seconding many routes in Magaliesberg that scared the hell out of me! Classics like Hawks Eye, Monkey, and even managed to get up some grade 18 and 19. A totally amazing experience. We did some kloofing in crystal springs down a huge gully and abseiled off a big tree and waterfall. I would recommend doing this even if climbing isn't your thing.
I am big into anything that totally pushes my limits, like doing the 94.7 two years in a row without training, using a mates bike (was way too big, looked like a penny whistle!) and got really good times and cramp. Tried the Energade tri-athlon series, but climbing is my passion, my life and 100% what drives me. Its one of the two things thats pulled me through really tough times.
Some memorable moments in climbing for me - "Snapdragon 29" (last frikken day in the rain) redpoint, "Gift of wings 28/29" redpointed after a month of working. Working "Chocolate Mousse" a ultra hard route (for me) at the Mine in Cape Town, many hours working with good friends, onsighting 'Johnny rotten' 7b+ (27) in Oudtshoorn. Flashed 'Blood and Guts' 7b+/7c (trad 27/28) in the Peak district, UK. Climbing multi pitch on Wellingtons dome, northern province. Trad climbing in N.Y. "Shawangunks", RLMC Team 1st place April 2009 Team "dont know yet" - B Weaver & J Theron, exploring Durbans climbing with a good friend. Many more great memories, too many to count that climbing has given me!
"Working with people is something special to me, to see their progress, development in the sport, and in climbing is priceless. I aim to get as many people as I can into climbing and create more of a hype for the sport."
Goals for the next few years: Climbing in Australia, Madagascar, Mnt Kenya, Mnt Kilimanjaro, and more.
Ive never been able to send above the grade 30- this year I have a new training program and my goal is 5x 30+ grade! You can do anything you set your mind to!
As a Christain (I dont profess to be a perfect one) I believe in a higher power, a loving creator and when we are out there enjoying nature the rock and all the bounty that goes with it there is honestly nothing better -I wish everyone to enjoy this sport, no matter the grade or height!