Canadian Paul McSorley is one of the country’s most experienced international climbers and he has just completed a new route in South Africa with three other climbers.
The team consisted of German climbers Ines Papert and Joseph Pfnur and Slovenian Luka Lindic.
@inespapert and @pfnurjosef take in another winning pitch on day two of our journey up a 500 meter wave of South African quartzite in the Slanghoek valley. The route is called Private Universe and was established in 2003. You'll understand the name when perched atop the bivi on pitch 12. Along with @lindicluka we completed the line just in time to flee a wicked storm that rolled in off the Cape. @arcteryx @julbo_eyewear @scarpana @cliffbarcompany #celebratewild
Their new route is a 13-pitch ED1 7b+ (about 5.12) that they climbed on gear. They named their bolt-less line Ruby Supernova and it climbs in the Du Toits Kloof Mountains.
It them two days in the middle of June to complete the difficult free-climb up the solid quartzite wall.
According to UKclimbing.com, the climbers started by repeating he 550-metre Private Universe ED1 7a A1, which has been freed and was established in 2002 by a South African team using 100 bolts.
Private Universe climbs a section of wall that was said to be one of the last great problems in the country by South African alpinist Dave Cheesmond, who eventually moved to Canada to make a number of historically important first ascents there.
After their first ascent, they spent time touring around South Africa, including sending boulders in Rocklands and climbing on Table Mountain.