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Tealess climbing in the Drakensberg

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My foothold has just broken off.  The resulting shock load has broken off the twig I had for my left hand.  Above me is a band of grass that does not inspire confidence.  Life is not good right now, and I have clearly tugged on one grass tuft and trusted one dodgy piece of weetbix too many.  I slowly reach down to my last piece of gear and hope it is good as I load it as a means of retreat.  I am halfway up the 5th peak of the day in the high Drakensberg and things are not going well…

Hector had come up with the idea a year or two before: to climb all the peaks along the Eastern Buttress ridge, starting on the outside up Lion Ridge and working inwards as close to the skyline as possible (Lionheart Pinnacle, Eastern Buttress, Devils Tooth, Toothpick, North, Central and finally South Inner Towers).  We would then climb onto the escarpment and descend via the peaks on the other side of the Amphitheatre (Beacon Buttress and Sentinel) to complete the traverse.  The rules of the game were simple: to do the entire thing on foot, in a single, alpine-style push.  In order to do this, we would have to take all our gear across most of the peaks (9 summits in total).

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