SA Winter Mountaineering Essentials

So you’re planning a mountaineering trip in the Hex, Swartberg or the top of the Drakensberg in July? The chances are good that you don’t have all the gear needed for such an expedition in your closet. So you’re going to have to go shopping. You most likely have an idea of the gear you should be purchasing but the question is what do I really need to buy? And what could I get away without? What is the essential gear for high mountain winter adventures?

Click Here for a South African Winter Mountaineering Essentials Packing List PDF

winter hiking essentials for south africaApparel:

When purchasing apparel for alpine adventures it’s important to avoid Cotton. Due to its propensity to hold water & cool the wearer down, cotton is considered a deadly fabric. For more on the subject read  Why Does Cotton Kill?

Dressing in layers is highly recommended as it allows you to regulate your body temperature appropriately as conditions change. It’s therefore important to purchase garments that work together to effectively wick, insulate & protect.

The wicking garments are worn next to the skin & their job is to remove moisture that builds up during exercise, transferring it away from the skin before it can cool the body. Synthetic fibres like polypro and natural fibres like Marino excel at this function. Insulating garments should also be worn in layers so that you can take them off when heating up; or add more when it gets colder. Consider a thin 100g fleece topped with a thicker one, or waistcoat fleece. Next, a softshell layer is often useful; or a down or synthetic puffer jacket for colder environments. The final layer – or shell – must provide an effective barrier to water and wind.

         SHELL-LAYERS:

    • A sturdy pair of gaiters -Black Diamond Frontpoint Gaiter
    • Breathable waterproof shell – Stromline Stretch Rain Shell or Highline Stretch Rain Shell
    • Waterproof pants – Stormline Stretch Full Zip Rain Pants
    • Warm shell gloves Glissade Gloves to Very warm mitts  Mercury Mitts depending on the expected environment

    MID-LAYERS:

    • High quality down jacket – Approach Down Hoody
    • Mid-layer Jacket – Factor Hoody
    • Warm hiking pants – Alpine Pants

    BASE LAYER:

    • 2x Base Layer shirts – LS Rhythm Tee
    • 2x Baselayer pants – Solution 150 Merino Base Bottom
    • Synthetic balaclava – Dome Balaclava
    • Base layer gloves to be worn under your main gloves to allow you to do “fingery” tasks that require that you remove the main glove Midweight Screentap Fleece Gloves
    • Synthetic beanie – Black Diamond Brand Beanie
    • Wool and Synthetic Socks  

    (Sock choice depends on your preference but my choice configuration is a pair of Injinji liner Socks under a pair of wool socks)

essentials for south African winter hikingFootwear: 

Getting your footwear right can be quite difficult and may require trying a few different brands and sizes. A well-fitting boot will make your adventure a whole lot more enjoyable.

The suitability of boots for various mountaineering activities is rated in B grades. In short, this refers to the amount of support the boot will offer & its crampon compatibility. Read more here  

Unless you are planning to do some ice climbing, B1 boots are suitable for most trips in the high mountains of South Africa in winter. Good options are the Boreal Zanskar, Zamberlan Vioz Plus, and the Scarpa Marmaloda Pro. These boots offer good support, and waterproofness and will take strap-on crampons for the occasional steep slope.

Should you be considering some proper ice climbing, then it will be better to choose a B2 boot that is compatible with semi-automatic (or “step-in”) crampons. B2 hiking boots are quite versatile because they work for both the hike in (flat dirt, rock, and mud) they also work well when the going gets steep. Good options include the Boreal Brenta and Scarpa Ribelle

 

SA winter hiking essential gear

Winter camping:

There are three essentials:

FOUR SEASON TENT

The mountains in South Africa may not be as high as those in other parts of the world but they are quite capable of dishing out seriously extreme weather. The high ‘Berg is replete with tales of top-end tents being shredded – and when all that stands between you and death by hyperthermia is a shell of nylon & aluminium poles; it is best to ensure that your tent can stand up to the worst.

The key feature of all these tents is a solid structure of interconnected aluminium poles. The more pole crossing the tent has – the stronger it will be. A low profile, a fly with a high hydrostatic head (5000+) and at least one vestibule are also key features. Unless you are prepared to fork out big bucks for a Black Diamond Bibler Series single skin tent, these tents will always be a bit on the heavy side – durability requires some weight.

A good option is the Vango Mirage Pro

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Vango

A PROPER SLEEPING BAG

A very Warm Sleeping Bag is essential. While new synthetic materials are increasingly capable – there is still no real equivalent to a good down bag in terms of warmth for weight & long term durability. The JR GEAR HELIUM DOWN sleeping bags are an excellent choice. They are available in three fill weights from 550g to 1050g.

A GOOD INSULATING MAT

It doesn’t matter how warm your sleeping bag is; if you are in direct contact with the cold ground – you will freeze at night. The cheapest option is a simple 10mm EVA foam mat

 E3 GEAR INSULATOR MAT -10MM. However, if you value your sleep, investing in a quality sleeping mat with a high R-Value rating will be money well spent. Consider the JR GEAR PRESIDON. Also, consider the JR GEAR DRY BAG PUMP. Not only does this make it easy to inflate the mat, but it can be used as a dry bag for your down sleeping bag while hiking and as a pillow at night.

 

Other Equipment:

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    • Hiking Pack 75-100L Black Diamond Mission 75L
    • Trekking Poles* Any of the Black Diamond Flick Lock poles will serve you well – but the Pro Series (with Stainless Steel flick lock) will be the most reliable Black Diamond Alpine Cork
    • Headlamp – Black Diamond Storm 400,  Revolt 350 or Icon 700
    • Snow Goggles OR snow glasses (from my experience every mountaineer should have a pair handy)

     Cooking solutions:

    In temperatures below 5 degrees C; most gas stoves start to lose power as the liquid gas in the canister is less inclined to evaporate. This issue becomes more significant as temperatures drop below Zero. As a result, it is prudent to choose a stove that has a built-in regulator to assist performance in these low temperatures.

    Option 1:

    • Regulated Gas Stove Jtboil MightyMo StoveAlpine essentials cooking systems
    • Cooking Kit GSI Pinnacle Soloist (or Duelist)
    • Gas canister stabilizer Jetboil Fuel Can Stabiliser
    • Gas canisters Jetboil JetPower Fuel 230G
    • Heat Shield FireMapel Heat Shield

    Option 2:

    • Jetboil Complete cooking system Jetboil MiniMo cooking system – Carbon
    • Utensils GSI Folding Foon
    • Gas Canisters Jetboil JetPower Fuel 230G

 Winter climbing gear:

In South Africa, most winter climbing occurs on waterfall ice. As opposed to the hard-packed névé that one enjoys in higher altitudes and greater latitudes, waterfall ice is brittle and has the propensity to “dinner plate”. It is often more fragile – and more “wet” to climb. That said good conditions can still yield a very rewarding adventure experience

 The following is a list of suitable kit for SA ice conditions

  • Harness – options:
    •   Beal Snow Guide
    • Black Diamond Technician
  • Helmet – (here a few options)
    • Black Diamond Vapor – Lightest
    • Black Diamond Vision – Best
    • Singing Rock Penta – Light and Cost-effective
    • Black Diamond Half Dome – Heavier but very durable
  • A pair of Half Ropes – Beal Cobra II
  • Slings – Singing Rock Open Sling 150CM, 120CM, 80CM
  • 6x Clipgate Carabiners – Black Diamond Lightwire Carabiner
  • 2x Singing Rock Dyneema 30cm 
  • 4x Carabiners Black Diamond Hotforge Screwgate Carabiner
  •       2x Prusik chords 
  •       Ice Screws – Black Diamond Express Ice Screw
  •       Pitons are also often useful in iced-up cracks Black Diamond Pitons
  •       A slimmed-down rack of Black Diamond Camalots is also key
  • Crampons : Options:
    • Walking: Black Diamond Contact or Singing Rock Fakir
    • Mountaineering: Black Diamond Serac Crampon
    • Ice climbing: Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro or Cyborg
  • Ice Tools: options
    • Walking: Black Diamond Raven or Singing Rock Merlin
    • Mountaineering: Black Diamond Venom Ice Axe – Adze
    • Ice Climbing: Black Diamond Viper – Pair

 

 Getting out into the mountains can be daunting, I hope that we were able to make your trip slightly less so. So pack your kit, get to the mountains, and have the adventure of a lifetime!

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Athlete Interview: Rauen Krohn

Ram Mountaineering Athlete Rauen

 

  • How many years have you been climbing and how did you start?

My parents took me climbing for the first time when I was around four years old, I started training consistently almost five years ago.

 

  • Most memorable experience or send?

In 2019 I had the opportunity to represent South Africa at the youth world championships. This was a really inspiring trip for me and one that fueled a lot of the goals I set for myself today.

 

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  • How do you deal with the frustration of not being able to send your projects?

I try to learn from every failure.

 

  • What is the first piece of climbing advice, knowing all you do now, that you would give to yourself if you had just started climbing?

Explore everything, learn from everything, do what you want, and do it like you mean it.

 

  • What is your favorite or most used piece of The Edge ZA gear?

I have a Black Diamond stone duffel bag, which is super cool. It has a full-length zip so you don’t have to dig to the bottom, as well as a rope tarp and loops to clip draws on the inside which is really convenient for sport climbing.

 

  • Any gnarly epics? 

So far nothing more than getting lost during night seshes.

 

  • What motivates you to keep climbing?

I have so much more to learn and so much more to accomplish. I hope one day I will truly have something to give to the community and younger climbers.

 

  • Plans for 2021 and the future?

This year’s looking a bit strange because of the whole Covid thing, so I don’t have a specific plan or goal except to grow and get stronger. I’m interested in comps and would definitely like to delve deeper into them in the future, maybe do World Cups for a while.

 

Athlete Interview: Illona Pelser

 

  • Name: Illona Pelser

 

  • How many years have you been climbing and how did you start?

I have been climbing for 15 years. I started when I was at university. Somebody took me along to a wall at a nearby school. I climbed indoors for a few months. Admittedly, if somebody hadn’t taken me outdoors, I might’ve lost interest. Thank goodness they did because then I was hooked for life.

 

  • Most memorable experience or send?

Gosh, there are so many. I think any send where you really give it your all is one for the memory banks.

 

  • How do you deal with the frustration of not being able to send your projects?

Sometimes you need to walk away for a bit. Go somewhere new and keep it fresh. Having little mini sends to keep your psyche up helps (i.e. easier grades that you know you can get quickly).

  • What is the first piece of climbing advice, knowing all you do now, that you would give to yourself if you had just started climbing?

When you’re starting out, get on as many different types of climbs as possible. Different types of rock, different styles. Don’t even think about grades. Just build up your library of moves.

 

  • What is your favorite or most used piece of The Edge ZA gear?

Tough question as there are so many options. But I am rather fond of my trekking poles. They’re light and pack away small and they make big or steep walk-ins infinitely more pleasant.

 

  • Any gnarly epics?

Topping out in the dark at Blouberg and scrambling out on some pretty loose ground while not attached to anything was pretty gnarly. Fortunately, the clumps of grass held and we all made it out okay.

 

  • What motivates you to keep climbing?

I just love it so much. It’s tough to keep away. It’s such a diverse sport that challenges you both physically and mentally in a way that I haven’t found anywhere else.

 

  • Plans for 2021 and the future?

To up my training game, especially mental training. So that I can send my projects quicker and push my grades even more.

Athlete Introduction – Matt Grunewald

The Edge ZA Athlete Interview and Introduction:

  • Name: Matt Grunewald

 

  • How many years have you been climbing and how did you start?

I’ve been climbing for three years. I started climbing when the climbing gym, Valley Crag, opened up in PE.

 

  • Your Most memorable experience or send?

My most memorable climbing experience would have to be going to compete at worlds in Arco at the end of 2019. Just the vibe and being around climbers from all around the world was so awesome.

My most memorable send has to be Noose its a route down in van Stadens gorge that was originally bolted for Adam Ondra during his visit in 2009, but he never got the chance to try it.

  • How do you deal with the frustration of not being able to send your projects?

It’s nice to blame conditions and anything other than myself, but at the end of the day, not sending makes me work even harder to try send.

 

  • What is the first piece of climbing advice, knowing all you do now, that you would give to yourself if you had just started climbing?

Try hard climbs and surround yourself with strong climbers.

  • What is your favorite or most used piece of The Edge ZA gear?

My Black Diamond Solution harness has to be my favourite piece of gear, it’s comfy, light, and used all the time.

I also love my Jetboil Flash, it’s perfect for a quick cup of coffee, anywhere, anytime.

 

  • What motivates you to keep climbing?

The other climbers that I surround myself with. The feeling of sending something I’ve been working on. Seeing how far I can push myself before I start finding my limits. All three of these reasons are what motivate me.

 

  • Plans for 2021 and the future?

Planning a few trips around South Africa this year.  I’m taking a gap year next year and hoping to do some traveling around Europe as well as some mountaineering.

Athlete Interview: Julia Wakeling

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  • Name: Julia Wakeling

 

  • How many years have you been climbing and how did you start?

About 20 years. I first climbed once when I was little, but then only started again with the UCT Mountain and Ski Club. I really got more into it through friends. I’ll always be grateful to Andrew Lewis for taking me up Africa Crag – a day that got me totally psyched about trad!

 

  • Most memorable experience or send?

It’s very special to top out of The Nose – an entirely wonderful experience with Gosia!

Climbing FitzRoy still feels like a dream. Sleeping on top was a bitterly cold shiver-bivvy but magical. Thanks to Gosia and Hector for being so awesome!

 

  • How do you deal with the frustration of not being able to send your projects?

Chocolate. And training…our bodies need to be all-around strong for when we can get out and have long days in the hills (walking, belaying in funny positions, thrashing through bushes), so pilates, hiking, cycling, theraband, and gym training all help!

 

  • What is the first piece of climbing advice, knowing all you do now, that you would give to yourself if you had just started climbing?

Don’t restrict yourself by limits set by others. And, at the same time – chill out and have fun!

 

  • What is your favorite or most used piece of The Edge ZA gear?

How to pick one!?

A piece of clothing that I won’t leave home without is the Alpine Start Hoodie. It is awesome for keeping the wind out and the sun off on climbs, mountain walks, and runs.

The BD Momentum climbing shoes are brilliant – comfy for both long days and perform well on hard technical sport routes (this has been proven many times by both myself and others)! I have no need for any other shoes.

And the Black Diamond Ultra-light Cams are marvelous in keeping rack-weight in check.

 

  • Have you had any gnarly epics?

One stands out. We were climbing in a trio and the leader took a bad fall. Everyone lived, but the rescue took 12 hours and he ended up in hospital for 6 weeks. Always place good gear even on easy ground, and make sure the rope isn’t behind your leg.

julia wakeling

  • What motivates you to keep climbing?

The movement of climbing pulls my body back in line. Being out in the hills pulls my brain back in line. The focus of climbing helps bring perspective.

 

  • Do you have plans for 2021 and the future?

A project or two up my sleeve, but mostly having low expectations and enjoying being outside (that’s when I climb best). I’ve recently found meditation to really help my climbing, so will be trying to do more of that!

 

 

Essential Gear for Trad Climbing

Trad climbing essentials

Trad climbing is arguably the most rewarding form of rock climbing. The beauty of trad is the amazing depth and breadth of experience that it offers. You are also not limited to hard grades in order to do something “worthwhile” and there is always an opportunity for new routing or any level of adventure which you choose.

Protection is a necessary inconvenience. Most climbers try to carry the least they need to do the route comfortably. Take too little, too much, or the wrong stuff and eventually you’re guaranteed an epic.

Fifteen draws will get you up most modern bolt-protected routes anywhere in the world. That’s the beauty of these routes – interaction with equipment is minimized. It’s not such an easy formula for routes where natural features provide the only protection opportunities.

Trad Climbing is Not Simple:

Awareness of all the rock’s intricacies, not just the parts with chalk on them, becomes of supreme importance. Different cliffs and rock types provide various opportunities for protection in type, quality, and frequency of placements, so the “ideal rack” will differ from crag to crag. The rack you put together for splitter cracks at Indian Creek will be very different from the selection you use on Lion’s Head granite. That said, there is a fairly standard selection that is core to most racks outlined below. It is also worth mentioning that most experienced climbers will work with their partners to select the best rack for the day’s challenges by selecting gear from both of their racks. This will allow you to carry duplicates of certain sizes as need be.

For most routes, you’ll get a good idea of what gear to take either from the guide, beta from friends, and looking at it yourself. The time when you will really depend on making the best possible guess is for that multi-pitch route about which you know practically nothing. For these occasions, the list below provides a good template for the essential gear for trad climbing from which to start.

Your own judgment and actions rule your life. Add to, remove from or ignore this list as you see fit!

Click Here For a List of Trad Climbing Essentials

Cams, Hexes, and Nuts:key cams for beginning trad climbing

This is the category that scares most climbers due to the expense of cams. However, it’s comforting to recognise that a good set of cams can give decades of service; and once you have a set; your climbing options become almost infinite. There is literally more than a lifetime of climbing in South Africa alone – let alone all the amazing climbing in other parts of the world too.

Cams:

So Cams are expensive, but for good reason. The aluminum has to be incredibly light, really durable and the design has to work 100% of the time.

That said – one can build up a useful rack in manageable bites, and it’s even easier if you co-operate with your climbing partner by both buying complementary parts. I suggest you buy your cams in two phases:

  • Step #1 : 1x (0.5, 0.75, 1, 2, 3) Black Diamond C4
  • Step #2 : 1 x (0.2, 0.3, 0.4) Black Diamond Z4 + 1 x 4 C4

Hexentrics:

While there are definitely placements for which hexes are ideal; other placements often require that you use both hands to get it seated. For this reason, most experienced trad climbers prefer to use a cam that will fit the same crack & are easier & quicker to place. That said; if budget is the issue – a set of hexes will give you a lot of options & get you climbing while you slowly work on your rack of cams. Hexes are lightweight camming device supplements and cheaper than cams to abandon if necessary.

Stoppers:

(Often called nuts) can be purchased in sets. I would recommend starting out with a basic set and then you can add onto the set with individual nuts.

  • Set (size: 4-13)Trad Climbing gear essentials

 

Slings and Quickdraws:

If you sport climb already you can use your nylon quickdraws although you may want to add some longer ones to your rack. The main differences between lead quickdraws and trad quickdraws are size and weight, trad quickdraws are smaller and lighter.

These recommended wire gate carabiners and runners are ideal for combining into alpine draws (basically light, long quickdraws)

  • 10 – 14 Quickdraws
    • It is also helpful to have a mix of length; suggest 4-6 x 12cm, 4-6 x 16, or 17cm. Two longer units (25 or 30cm) can also be very helpful.
  • 2 sets of Wiregate carabiners colour coded to cams
  • 2x 60cm open slings + 1 Wiregate Carabiner per sling
  • 2x 120cm open slings + 1 Wiregate Carabiner per sling
  • 2 prussic loops – 5mm or 6mm chord

 

Ropes:

There are two main methods of leading on trad – two thin half ropes – or one single.

Single Rope:

While using a single has the advantage of owning only one rope for both sport & trad climbing; it has a couple of disadvantages:

  • Most trad routes wind around looking for the breakthrough difficult terrain. For this reason, as you place gear, you need to be conscious of not creating too many corners for your rope to turn – otherwise, the accumulated friction will stop you in your tracks. In order to ensure a smooth flow on a single rope – you need to make good use of long slings to allow the rope to “cut the corners”. This can often result in feeling exposed to potentially longer falls.
  • When abseiling off a route; one has to fold this rope in half – which limits the distance you can descend and increases the number of abseils you have to set up (potentially in awkward places)

Two Thin Ropes: (Half Ropes)

In order to address the above issues, the norm for most trad climbers is to use two thinner ropes which allow you to:

  • Run two ropes in parallel while climbing a weaving route around obstacles. The ropes travel as straighter line & friction is minimised
  • When descending; you can tie the two ropes together and descend for the full length

There are three additional advantages of this system:

  • It allows you to climb efficiently as a party of three (one second on each rope; often climbing simultaneously)
  • While buying trad ropes is an extra expense; you only use one set of ropes while climbing – so your sport rope will last a lot longer if it is only used when climbing sport.
  • Should you be unfortunate enough to have an accident during which a rope is cut/damaged – having two ropes will give you more options for self-rescue.

When I started climbing, the standard trad ropes were 45m x 9mm. However as gear has improved and climbing standards have risen, there has been a tendency towards longer pitches – often linking pitches together. Jacobs Ladder on Table Mountain is a good example. Originally opened as a four-pitch route, it is commonly climbed in 2 pitches now. Due to this trend, combined with improvements in rope technology – trad ropes have got thinner and longer. The standard is now 60m – 70m ropes of 8 to 8.5mm. So we consider half ropes to be part of the recommended gear for trad climbing.

After many decades of trad climbing my favourite ropes are:

Or:

Other:key gear for trad climbing

  • Belay device
  • Belay Carabiner
  • 4x Screw gate Carabiners
  • Nut tool
  • Harness
  • Chalk Bag
  • Helmet – on trad routes, this is not an optional extra!

Click Here For a List of Trad Climbing Essentials

Rock Shoes:

The choice of rock shoes is very personal and will vary according to fit and last as well as the characteristics of the route to be climbed. Some folk want the same performance as they get from their sport shoes while others want a more comfortable, supportive fit. It’s worth considering the following:

  • For long, moderate to easy routes, a board-lasted shoe will provide more support and will allow solid edging support even with a more relaxed & comfortable fit.
  • For climbing harder routes, a softer, more sensitive shoe may be required. Should this be the case; it’s a good idea to have velcro closure so that you can take them off/ put them on easily allowing you to remove them after every pitch.

Packs:

Trad climbing does ask more of a pack – both in volume & features. The ideal size is around 45L which will allow you to stash a rope + rack + water + harness + rock shoes + helmet (and in my case a flask for coffee). Ad this all together & the weight adds up – so the pack itself should be fairly light. That said it needs to be tough and streamlined in order to cope with the scrambles & bush-bashing that is often involved.

If you are considering climbing with a pack – then you need it to be tough, very compact & streamlined with quick, easy access. The Black Diamond Rock Blitz has been designed specifically for this purpose

 

For Detailed Descriptions and Overviews of Our Climbing Products See the 2020 Catalogue:

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How to enter the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) – Enviro-Culture Screening Ticket Giveaway Competition

Notice:

  • This page shows details for how to enter the competition for the VIMFF Enviro-Culture Screening
  • This competition will be hosted separately on Facebook and Instagram, so there are a total of 4 tickets up for grabs: 2 on Instagram and 2 on Facebook
  • To see details for how to enter the competition to win tickets for the VIMFF Adventure Screening, click here.

What is the VIMFF Enviro-Culture Program?

The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival annually gathers a collection of the finest mountain related short films from around the world. The best of this collection is coming to Cape Town, South Africa this July.

This event is a screening of the VIMFF Enviro-Culture Screening which features a selection of short films revolving around environmental conservation and cultural exploration. Some of the themes addressed include: river conservation, global warming, nature photography and mountain usage.

Also available is the VIMFF Adventure Screening: a selection of short films centred specifically around mountain adventure. See details of how to win tickets for this event here.

 

To enter the FACEBOOK competition:

  1. Like one of our competition posts on @TheEdgeZA
  2. Follow us on Facebook @TheEdgeZA
  3. Tag a friend you’d like to go to VIMFF with in the comments

To enter the INSTAGRAM competition:

  1. Like one of our competition posts on @theedge_za
  2. Follow us on Instagram @theedge_za
  3. Tag a friend you’d like to go to VIMFF with in the comments

BONUS DOUBLE ENTRY: Share your best picture of you on an outdoor adventure on Facebook and/ or Instagram with hashtag #VimffSA and #VimffSAEnviro to get a second entry to the competition

What can you win?

  • 2x Tickets to the VIMFF Cape Town Enviro-Culture Screening on the 01 August 2019 – ticket info
  • 2 x Beers from Lakeside Brewing Co.
  • 2 x Bags of popcorn

Competition Dates:

  • Competition starts 22 July 2019 and ends 28 July 2019 at 9pm. No late entries will be accepted.
  • Winners will be announced on 29 July 2019.
  • The competition is only to South African citizens

General Rules:

  • Winner will be chosen randomly.
  • Winners will be contacted by either Facebook or Instagram via direct message, depending on the competition, so keep an eye out on The Edge on Facebook and/ or @theedgeza on Instagram
  • If the winner cannot be contacted within 1 days, the promoter reserves the right to select a new winner.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The competition runs from 22/07/2019 until 28/07/2019.
  • The laws of the Republic of South Africa govern this competition. Promoter reserves the right to cancel or alter any aspect of the competition at any time at its sole discretion without liability. Under no circumstances will Promoter and its successors, employees, officers, suppliers, contractors, agents, consultants, directors and shareholders be liable for all and any losses, claims, proceedings, actions, damages, (direct, consequential or otherwise), liability, demands, expenses, legal costs (on an attorney and own client basis), medical costs or other costs howsoever arising out of, based upon, or in connection with (directly or indirectly) the competition, to the maximum extent permitted by law.

More info about VIMFF

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How to enter the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) – Adventure Screening Ticket Giveaway Competition

Please Note:

  • This page shows details for how to enter the competition for the VIMFF Adventure Screening
  • This competition will be hosted separately on Facebook and Instagram, so there are a total of 4 tickets up for grabs: 2 on Instagram and 2 on Facebook
  • To see details for how to enter the competition to win tickets for the VIMFF Enviro-Culture Screening, click here.

What is the VIMFF Adventure Program?

Every year the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) gathers the finest on mountain related film-making from across the globe.

The films focus on outdoor adventure, mountaineering, the environment and mountain cultures. The best of this collection of unique and inspiring short films then tours internationally and is coming to Cape Town, South Africa this July.

The VIMFF Adventure Screening features a selection of films centred specifically around mountain adventure including: rock climbing, trail running, alpinism, mountain biking, white water paddling and extreme skiing.

Also available is the VIMFF Enviro-Culture Screening: a selection of short films revolving around environmental conservation and appreciation of different cultures from around the world. See details of how to win tickets for this event here.

To enter the FACEBOOK competition:

  1. Like one of our competition posts on @TheEdgeZA
  2. Follow us on Facebook @TheEdgeZA
  3. Tag a friend you’d like to go to VIMFF with in the comments

To enter the INSTAGRAM competition:

  1. Like one of our competition posts on @theedge_za
  2. Follow us on Instagram @theedge_za
  3. Tag a friend you’d like to go to VIMFF with in the comments

BONUS DOUBLE ENTRY: Share your best picture of you on an outdoor adventure on Facebook and/ or Instagram with hashtag #VimffSA and #VimffSAAdventure to get a second entry to the competition

What can you win?

Competition Dates:

  • Competition starts 22 July 2019 and ends 28 July 2019 at 9pm. No late entries will be accepted.
  • Winners will be announced on 29 July 2019.
  • The competition is only to South African citizens

General Rules:

  • Winner will be chosen randomly.
  • Winners will be contacted by either Facebook or Instagram via direct message, depending on the competition, so keep an eye out on The Edge on Facebook and/ or @theedgeza on Instagram
  • If the winner cannot be contacted within 1 day, the promoter reserves the right to select a new winner.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The competition runs from 22/07/2019 until 28/07/2019.
  • The laws of the Republic of South Africa govern this competition. Promoter reserves the right to cancel or alter any aspect of the competition at any time at its sole discretion without liability. Under no circumstances will Promoter and its successors, employees, officers, suppliers, contractors, agents, consultants, directors and shareholders be liable for all and any losses, claims, proceedings, actions, damages, (direct, consequential or otherwise), liability, demands, expenses, legal costs (on an attorney and own client basis), medical costs or other costs howsoever arising out of, based upon, or in connection with (directly or indirectly) the competition, to the maximum extent permitted by law.

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