Paying it forward - Offer of climb

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Hilton
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Paying it forward - Offer of climb

Postby Hilton » Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:53 pm

I would like to offer to take a local (not a foreigner) on a trad climb on Table Mountain. The person would probably be an intermediate sport climber who has done some easy trad climbing (sorta 16 - 19) and is keen to step up to the next level of kinda 20 - 22 and finding it tricky or daunting. It is not necessary to have any trad gear of one's own, but note that I am not offering teaching or guiding - for that there are top instructors like Ant Hall, Ross Suter and Dave Vallet. The person must know their way round the whole trad climbing thing and belay me safely. If it happens and it feels right it might be something I would do once in a while. I have no idiotic prejudices or hang-ups regarding religion, race, gender, sexual preference, language etc, only asshole-ness.
Small print disclaimer....there is no remuneration involved and although I have lots of experience the person will be experienced enough to know that things can go wrong, and for that they must assume all responsibility.
It would be very surprising if anyone would be interested in taking up this offer, but should it happen just respond here.
Over and out
Hilton Davies
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SuperC
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Re: Paying it forward

Postby SuperC » Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:03 pm

Hi Hilton
I would love to take up your offer if it is still available :)

I have been a avid rock climber for a couple of years now, and have about half a trad rack

Sending you a private message quickly
Inus

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Re: Paying it forward

Postby bad » Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:07 pm

Hello Hilton
Would be amazing to share a rope with you and seeing that you are offering I am there like a bear, that is if you don't get oversubscribed with applicants
Cheers
Brian

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Re: Paying it forward

Postby RyanCT » Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:47 am

Hi Hilton,

I think you may have more responses than you thought!

Sent you a pm just in case you are keen for more than one such climb.

Thanks!

Ryan Sweke

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Re: Paying it forward - Offer of climb

Postby Hilton » Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:16 pm

The interest feels good..! Hopefully the outcome will also.

I'm going to take Inus out and then we'll see. Brian, Ryan and the private messengers', we'll talk later...

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Re: Paying it forward - Offer of climb

Postby RyanCT » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:30 am

So I was fortunate enough to go climbing with Hilton yesterday.

We had a great day out climbing on some TM classics that definitely would have been more intimidating were it not for Hilton's calm and all round fantastic attitude towards climbing!

I know that Hilton is keen to take more people out, so if you have been starting out on trad and battling to step it up a notch I would definitely recommend taking Hilton's invitation when it comes (even if it comes at 11pm the night before!).

Thanks again Hilton!

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Re: Paying it forward - Offer of climb

Postby Hilton » Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:28 pm

I was fortunate to go out with you Ryan! It was a fantastic day.. thank you new friend!

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So we first did Atlantic to get calibrated, and Ryan styled the lead of the crux. Ryan's eyes widened when I said Roulette was next and he led the traverse with heart racing but pulled it off beautifully. No issues seconding the overhanging crack.

This outing was exactly what I had hoped for. A guy who has climbed Bombay, Jacob's, Cableway and Exposure and was keen to step it up into the 20 - 22 range. Ryan is good to go for all the classics like Touch and Go, Bust Up etc. Some people should hit him up for partnering.

So a lot of people sent PMs. Folks this is what I was talking about. Please note that I am not interested in being involved in the grades below 20. I'll leave that to others. But I will do this again....it was great.

out,
H

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Re: Paying it forward - Offer of climb

Postby henkg » Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:04 pm

Hilton! Is a good thing you have started. Many thank u's for climbing Roulette with me and for showing what is possible. Pity the OS did not work out, but I am amped to headpoint this now.

Such great route, good company and beautiful day.
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Re: Paying it forward - Offer of climb

Postby Hilton » Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:47 am

It was great! And you did great! Thanks for a fun afternoon Henk, and well done on your progress

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Re: Paying it forward - Offer of climb

Postby yvettecloete » Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:42 am

Hilton took me out to climb Double Direct and Left Hall on TM this past week as part of his 'Paying It Forward' initiative.
It was such a privilege to climb with him and learn from the legend.
Stunning route choices, and what an incredible mentor (with a great sense of humour too! - essential when it comes to scary trad climbing)
THANK YOU!!!

now I'll have to step up my trad leading game!

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Re: Paying it forward - Offer of climb

Postby Jarrett » Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:09 pm

Awesome! I remember seeing this thread when it was started, but 2 years back trad was still a far out idea for me. I've started trad climbing since and I have lead a couple of the classics on Lion's Head in the past year. So I might need to take up Hilton's offer soon to take it to the next level. :thumright

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Re: Paying it forward - Offer of climb

Postby Hilton » Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:35 pm

Yvette you were awesome! You clean-climbed both routes with cool style and poise - well done woman - impressive! You have a brilliant climbing life ahead of you.

Thank you for your compliments. I know that "legend" means "old", haha...

To anyone who might read this - I now officially retire. It's been really fab and I've been so stoked with the small role I've been able to play in a few wonderful people's climbing lives (Thank you guys and girls).

Would some other old hand like to pick up the baton and run with this thread for a bit? Maybe hand over when you retire?

for the love..
Hilton
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Re: Paying it forward - Offer of climb

Postby johannlanz » Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:43 pm

Well done Hilton - such a cool idea. I would like to take up your batten, but need to delay it until work lightens up a bit and until after the BMC meet (SA leg). So from around beginning April.

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Re: Paying it forward - Offer of climb

Postby Hilton » Sat Feb 06, 2016 6:09 pm

Fantastic Johann! Good on ya brother.

To the folks who posted private messages and were ignored - my apologies. It is a rare thing for me to login so it was simply a case of not knowing.

To the private messagers and other interested parties - follow up with Johann! He is a very strong man, great rock-climber and an all-round top notch guy. My buddy Guy Paterson-Jones and I had the privilege of climbing Reverence in Jonkershoek with JL in October, so I know - you couldn't do better!!

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Re: Paying it forward - Offer of climb

Postby Hector » Tue May 17, 2016 8:58 pm

I too would like to pick up the baton from Hilton, with a slight twist. Blouberg is a place I know well. There are many who would love to climb there but are put off by its daunting reputation. My offer is to climb a Blouberg route with one or two people who haven't been before.

Similar "gateposts" as Hilton's original offer: you must already be competent at leading on gear in the 16 to 19 grades, leading sport to about 21, and know how to belay double ropes safely. Most importantly you must be well psyched and keen to step out of your comfort zone.

I thought of two or so "training" days or weekends in the kloofs beforehand and then a Blouberg trip, all spread over two or three months. The kloof days are to figure each other out, identify weaknesses, learn new skills, consolidate old ones and increase leading grades if necessary in a safe and low-stress way. It'll be a team decision which Blouberg route to do. The goal is to have a positive experience sending a big route in good style as a team. This will not be a guided trip and I'll expect to swing leads and otherwise be climbing partners on a mission together.

All the normal climbing partner things like personal responsibility, acceptance of risk and splitting travel and other costs apply. There'll be no remuneration. No gear requirements other than normal personal climbing, hiking and bivi stuff - I have rack and ropes.

Reply here or drop me a watsapp if you're (very) keen: oh eight 2 8 I five 46 one seven. I make no promises to say yes to everyone (or anyone for that matter!)

H

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Re: Paying it forward - Offer of climb

Postby Jarrett » Wed May 18, 2016 9:53 am

Hector, where are you based though? I assume up north? I would consider taking up your offer, but I live in Cape Town.

It's on my bucket list to do a big wall like Blouberg one day. I've never been there and would never consider climbing there without someone who knows it.

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Re: Paying it forward - Offer of climb

Postby Hector » Wed May 18, 2016 1:35 pm

Jarrett, I'm based in Jozi. I'd hoped to mentor someone/s into preparing for the wall, rather than just being a beta-master. Hence the Magalies time beforehand. I'd say your best bet is to take Johann up on his offer and hone some skills on cape rock. He's climbed plenty of big stuff (including Blouberg) and knows what it takes. There are plenty of walls down in the Cape to tick off that bucket list - yellowwood in particular is super convenient. And do get in touch if you come up north for a Blouberg jaunt - if I can't make it there are others who might be able to.

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Re: Paying it forward - Offer of climb

Postby Hector » Thu May 19, 2016 12:53 pm

Bam! I got two people keen so this offer is closed :mrgreen:


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