land of a thousand rainbows

I haven’t climbed in almost a year now (remarkable, i know. It might change soon.) For some reason I’m feeling a lot of nostalgia for Rocklands (a climbing area in the Cederberg mountains of South Africa. Also, home of Rooibos tea–which actually can’t be grown anywhere else because it needs Cederberg soil bacteria).

When I’m asked where the best place i’ve traveled to is I often say Rocklands, even though it’s less than four hours from where I grew up. We visited three times during our road-trip staying for about eight months in total, living in sprawling tent cities, caravans and various communal farm houses. We participated in a kind of pagan ritual of extreme physical advancement, tribal collectivity, fire-cooked animal flesh, and appreciation of ze natural [as Fred Nicole would put it]. We were surrounded by some of the kindest, warmest and most inspired savages I’ve encountered and I am pretty sure I will count these times as some of the happiest of my life.

So I started this blog post at the time I wrote the SA Mountain article to share the pictures with people outside of SA and include some that didn’t make the article.

Photographers are Dylan Wyer, David Mason, Mina Leslie-Wujastyk, James Kassay, Micky Wiswedel, Nathan Gerhardt, Nicky Ceria, Rus Vakrilov, Sam Davis, James Barnes, Courtney Miyamoto, Carolyn Wegner, Angie and myself. You all agreed a long time ago that I could post these (or I think you’re cool like that) but let me know if that changed and I’ll promptly take down anything inappropriate.

Also, many of these are of projecting, not sending, and some like Amandla and Sky remain unsent projects (sniff). Maybe this post will motivate me to do something about that.

Lastly we lost all our pictures from the main part of the trip when Angie was around climbing. The pics below were mostly taken right at the end of the season when it was just me. So no Angie I’m afraid :-(

So without further adieu, I give you a much overdue collective photo essay on La Rocklands 2014:

Rainbow over the Sassies: Rus Vakrilov

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Mina Leslie Wujastyk on Barracuda: David Mason

Steve Bradsaw on Barracude 8a - Dylan Wyer

Me on Barricuda: Dylan Wyer

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Me on Barricuda: Dylan Wyer

Claire Langmore: James Kassay Collection

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James Kassay at Fields of Joy: James Kassay Collection

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De Pakhuys: Me

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Claire Langmore: James Kassay Collection

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Nicky Ceria on Green Mamba: Nicky Ceria Collection

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Me on Green Mamba: Sam Davis

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Me on Green Mamba: Micky Wiswedel

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David Mason Collection

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Flowers after rain: Me

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James Kassay on King of Limbs:  James Kassay Collection

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Josh Muller on King of Limbs: Nathan Gerhardt

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Donkeys on the road to Wuppertal: Me

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Me on Derailed: Angie

 

Steve Bradshaw on Derailed 8b - Angie Bradshaw (1)

 

Me on Derailed: Angie

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Rockstock: Me

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Nicky Ceria on Power of One: Nicky Ceria Collection

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Nicky Ceria on Golden Shadow: Nicky Ceria Collection

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Walking to the Rhino: Rus Vakrilov

 

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Me on El Corazon: James Barnes

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Cody Roth on Steakhouse: Me

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Me on Shosholoza: Dylan Wyer

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Me on Shosholoza: Rus Vakrilov

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Me on Shosholoza: Rus Vakrilov

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Me on Shosholoza: Rus Vakrilov

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Me on Shosholoza: Dylan Wyer

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Dylan Wyer on Shosholoza: Rus Vakrilov

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Oranges on the way to Southern Cedarberg: Me

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Marijus Smigleskis on Derailed: Me

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View from the pass: Rus Vakrilov

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Emma Flaherty on Kingdom in the Sky: David Mason

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James Blay on Creaking Heights: David Mason

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Max on Witness the Sickness: Rus Vakrilov

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Looking up at the pass: Rus Vakrilov

Full moon - Rus Vakrilov

Night exposure: Rus Vakrilov

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Me on Big Short: Dylan Wyer

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Me on Industry of Cool: Dylan Wyer

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Me on Industry of Cool: Dylan Wyer

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Me on the Rhino: Dylan Wyer

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View from the main farmhouse at Alpha: Rus Vakrilov

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Me on Roof on Fire: Dylan Wyer

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Me on Amandla: Dylan Wyer

Steve Bradshaw on Amandla 8b+ - Dylan Wyler (3)

Me on Amandla: Dylan Wyer

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Me on Amandla: Dylan Wyer

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Me on Amandla: Dylan Wyer

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Mina Leslie-Wujastyk on Joseph Malbos: Me

Charles Bradshaw on Minki 7b- Steve Bradshaw

Charles Bradshaw on Minky: Me

the vice steve

Me on The Vice: Carolyn Wegner

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The pass: Angie

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Protea: Angie

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Fields of Elysium: Angie

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Fridi Krispel on Pendragon: Me

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Me on Hatchling: Micky Wiswedel

 

 

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Me on Mooiste Meisie: Micky Wiswedel

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Me on Mooiste Meisie: Micky Wiswedel

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Trusty camper: Me

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Me on Sky: Micky Wiswedel

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Me on Sky: Micky Wiswedel

Matt On Sky

Matt Fultz on Sky: Nathan Gerhardt

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Me on Madiba: Micky Wiswedel

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Me on Madiba: Micky Wiswedel

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Me on Madiba: Micky Wiswedel

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Fields of Joy: Me

Nelly on Slash and Burn - Rus Vakrilov (2)

Nelly on Slash and Burn: Rus Vakrilov

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Nelly on Slash and Burn: Rus Vakrilov

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Me unicycling with Grant: Coutney Miyamoto

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Night exposure: Rus Vakrilov

In case you missed it, here’s the video from the trip.

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One Response to land of a thousand rainbows

  1. Perri Shanaman says:

    Wow! Awesome pics!

    Sent from my iPad

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