The 2018 Rocklands season has come to a close and with that, Rock and Ice takes a look back at what was certainly one of the most impressive seasons we have seen in South Africa.
Since our last look, a handful of important sends have taken place, capping a stellar Rocklands season. Shawn Raboutou put up a burly first ascent called Book Club (8B+/ V14) that was then repeated by underground Spanish crusher Ignacio Mulero and Daniel Woods. Continuing on the first ascent train, Dave Graham put up a unique FA called Parzival (8C/ V15). As of writing this post and to our knowledge, this line has yet to see a second ascent. Yet another hard first ascent was made by Swiss climber Giuliano Cameroni. Cameroni is calling his 8C/V15 beast The Smile.
In other Rocklands news, Dave Graham successfully pieced together Black Eagle (8C/ V15). Black Eagle had remained unclimbed for 16 years due to broken holds. Graham was able to parse out a new sequence and bring Black Eagle back to Rocklands prominence. Welcoming the climb back to the Rocklands scene was Giuliano Cameroni and Daniel Woods, who jumped on the opportunity to send the forgotten rig after Graham brought it back to life.
Daniel Woods also managed an ascent of Mirta (8B+/V14) and a second ascent of Skadoosh (8B+/V14). Nalle Hukkataival continued his mission to continue to develop the Rocklands with a few FAs. Most notably, Hukkataival put up a 8B+/ V14 called Getting By and an 8B/V13 called Digital Populism which Hukkataival has given a lofty five star review.
For more information of this season’s sends, take a look at Rocklands Roundup part one.