You probably haven’t heard of New Zealand’s Matt Bush, but if you like bold ascents, then he should be on your radar.

Dangling one-armed above the void, Bush gets a unique view of Cape Town’s Atlantic seaboard Photo JACQUES VAN ZYL

Hanging it all out on, Bush gets wild above Cape Town’ Photo Jacques Van Zyl

Climb New Zealand has published a number of short films of Bush climbing and they wrote a little something to go a long with the first one:

The hold, more of a wrinkle in the rock really, is as deep as a fingernail. It’s wide enough for five fingertips to be jammed together, three from his left hand, two from his right.

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As he dangles there, relying on five half-fingertips – the ground waiting 25 m below, the valley floor 100 m below that and his right foot resting on a smudge of support – his left foot creeps out sideways, blindly seeking a vital hold hidden under a rocky lip.

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It’s a critical, committing move. There’s no rope. Just the climber pressed into the smooth brown rock. Some birds. Sun. Air. And in this particular position, not much of a second chance. As he levers off his left foot and reaches up for a solid left-hand hold, Bush never felt freer.

Matt Bush Free Solo The Red Bulletin from ClimbZA on Vimeo.

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