Birkett Frees 11 Pitch South African Mega-Route

Dave Birkett chalking up on the crux roof of Remote ControlUKC News, Mar 2010© Adam Roff

Dave Birkett cruising pitch 5 of Remote Control (Grade 25)UKC News, Mar 2010© Adam RoffLakeland legend Dave Birkett has once again headed to South Africa and this time, partnered by Mary Jenner and Adam Roff, he has freed Remote Control up the Ben Heatlie amphitheatre in the Hex River Valley, around 140km from Cape Town.Adam Roff who made the first ascent of the route, mainly on aid and some twenty years ago, has written a report on, and described the crux pitch:”After cleaning some plants out of the rail and trying the moves through the roof, Dave returned to the hanging belay for that mandatory of British trad rituals ? a roll-up cigarette. Thus emboldened he sent the pitch. Although only about 15m long it is crazy hard ? some no-footholds railing followed by a massive reach through the roof. Then the crux move to get to a rattly ledge. He reckoned 28. We aided…”The route is 11 pitches long, is protected by trad gear and has difficulties of up to South African 28 (French 7c).Adam Roff ended his report with the following line:”Remote Control will not be the best route you ever climb, nor have the best rock, but will be one of your most memorable outings. And remember, if there's no possibility of failure or an epic, it isn't an adventure!”Full report and photo gallery:

Friendly farmers!UKC News, Mar 2010© Adam Roff
Mary Jenner following pitch 4 – grade 23UKC News, Mar 2010© Adam Roff

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