WATCH: SA free climber dangles off iconic mountains in real cliffhanger

2018-04-11 13:31 - Saara Mowlana
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Matt Bush free solo climbing a rock edge in Cape T

matt bush free solo rock climbing - screenshot from Luke Maximo Bell's YouTube video

Cape Town - Whether you're a thrill-seeker or adrenaline junkie this type of hiking will leave you on a real cliffhanger!

Matt Bush, aka Matt Climber on Instagram, is a free solo climber who has taken to the rocks, mountains and edges of Cape Town and South Africa to scale them bare handed and with no strings attached.

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For him this is meditation, for me it's madness. Either way, it takes intense strength and control to master what seems impossible - like climbing up a seemingly smooth or flat rock that sits essentially perpendicular to the ground. 

Bush says free solo climbing is a "surreal experience to be up there alone. As if in a dream. My focus sharpened to the necessity of the moment. The past and future do not exist up there only the now."

What do you think about free solo climbing? Is it the new trend or is it too intense for us mere mortals and should be left for the Matt Bush's of the world?

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Watch the video below, filmed and produced by Luke Maximo Bell, to see what you think:

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With adrenaline-fuelled things to do, danger comes standard and with great power comes great responsibility, so before you decide to follow up the footsteps of SpiderMatt or take a hike - you should take heed of these safety tips:

  • Always stay on demarcated pathways and trails (especially if you're new to hiking)
  • Heed signs advising of danger and do not take short cuts or unknown routes
  • Wear the correct hiking gear and shoes, and always wear a hat
  • Plan your route from start to end and choose the route according to the ability, fitness and experience of the group - this will prevent potential injury
  • Do not carry valuables: cash, cameras, iPods etc when on wilderness trails (or when scaling rocks - that's an added worry you don't need while letting your life hang in the balance - literally)

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  • Cycling, hiking and running should ideally be exercised during daylight hours
  • Never hike alone - this is key
  • Keep an eye out on the weather and other mountain conditions - lest your grip slips due to rain or a storm that has been could've been avoided
  • Always inform at least one other person not hiking with you of your destination and estimated arrival time
  • If you're in any of the SANParks regions: save the emergency numbers: 086 110 6417 or 107 / 021 480 7700

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