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During one month a crew went out to explore new bouldering areas in Namibia, which is still largely unexplored with regard to climbing
During one month a diverse crew went out to explore new bouldering areas in Namibia, which is still largely unexplored with regard to climbing. Despite wildlife, mines, sand dunes and other classic attractions that compose this country, it seemed to the team that there was still one very important attraction missing … sites of blocks in quantity and quality. They figured that the only thing they could do was go out there and have a look on site. The Belgian-Swiss team of five climbers was composed for this specific event and consisted of Nils Favre (CH) and Stephane Hanssens (BEL), spearheading the climbing part, Jean-Louis Wertz (BEL), among the best photographers to capture images and finally, a female touch was added by Nathalie Hanssens (Bel) and Viviane Monteiro (CH). Stephane, "The purpose of the adventure was to search some major lines. We didn’t have much information about the climbing possibilities, neither what had already been done and the location of good bouldering areas. What we needed the most was information about the quality of the rock. " Three zones have been explored thoroughly, Little Spitzkoppe, Brandberg and Mont Etjo. The last one was found by chance, and proved to have the greatest potential for the development of a world-class site in Namibia. As for Nils: "In the end, we found a class site. A quantity of blocks of high quality. We didn’t have time to open lots of lines as we were a little tired from the trip, but I had the opportunity to open Madisa, a line that I like, an overhanging arch of several meters, a dream block. " Here is a partial list of open blocks on site: Mont Etjo : -Madisa 8b Brandberg : -Mission Solo 8a/+ -Non peut-être 7c+/8a -Smerdiakov 7c+ -Daman shit 7c Klein Spitzkoppe : -Le Diamand : 8a+ Thanks to all of our partners for the Trip : PETZL, Millet, Club Alpin Belge, La Sportiva, Black Diamond, CRUX, Patagonia, Kleen Kanteen, La Province du Luxembourg, Seeonee, Care Plus, Look Montagne, Elements bvba, Nordisk, Careplus, katadyn.
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