1 August 2016

Chimanimani in Zimbabwe better and richer than Rocklands

Paul Robinson, who has done 87 Boulders 8B+ and harder including 19 FAs, is back from Chimanimani and the big news is that it is better and richer in stones than Rocklands. Unfortunately (or luckily) it is located some five hours south east of Harare, meaning it will probably only be a destination for exploring globetrotters like Paul and Jimmy Webb. Why have you decided to travel the world looking for new climbing destinations? I spent much of my early 20's traveling all over the world repeating many of the hardest blocs that had been established before me. It was an amazing experience but I wanted the feeling of establishing some of those lines myself. I started doing first ascents in established areas but soon started hearing about other far off destinations that I had to go see for myself. Finding an area with untouched rock is the best feeling in the world to me. I can't imagine anything better. I am addicted and finding places like Chimanimani in Zimbabwe just makes me want to keep searching further and further because I know there is so much more. Tell us more about Chimanimani in Zimbabwe. I first went to check out this area in 2015. I only went for a few days but was blown away by the potential that the area had to offer. I knew it would be a perfect section for the film. I invited a bunch of people to join me on the trip, but jimmy was the only one who had faith in me and joined me to check out this far off bouldering area. Chimanimani has the same or more potential than rocklands and on better rock. We spent two weeks up there climbing and filming our hearts out. I think people are going to be pretty surprised when they see some of the footage we come back with!
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