Captain Reverend Bob Shepton
Age 77; British/Scottish; Arctic advisor and ice pilot
125,000 miles of sailing. including circumnavigation via Antarctica & Cape Horn; Leader of six Tilman expeditions to arctic Greenland and Canada (9 arctic sailing expeditions and 13 Atlantic crossings in total);
26 personal first ascents (alpine, rock climbing and ski)
Member: Royal Cruising Club, Ocean Cruising Club, Alpine Club and Arctic Club
Qualifications: Mountaineering Instructors Certificate; British Association of Snowsports Instructors; Professional Yachtmaster Ocean
Awards: Winston Churchill Fellow 2000, Piolet d’Or 2011, Blue Water Medal 1995, Tilman Medal x 2, Goldsmith Medal for Exploration
More information on Bob’s official website.
Favorite piece of big wall gear: Glass of wine and a good book (snuggled in the cabin of my boat of course!) Except for when I join the lads. Then it’s my vintage Scottish guns!
The climbers (in alphabetical order)
Age 29; South African; Rock climber/Investor
Expeditions: USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Vietnam, Thailand, France, Switzerland, Spain, South Africa, Namibia, China
8c Sport, 8b Boulder, 7a Trad
Ascents of Half Dome and El Capitan (including an 11-hour speed ascent); ASA certified sailing skipper with experience captaining in California and New Zealand
More information on Steve’s travel blog
Favorite piece of big wall gear: Quick draws, because I can look at them and pretend I’m on a friendly sport route!
Age 32; South African; Payments Specialist
Expeditions: Kenya, Namibia, USA, Madagascar, France, Thailand, Spain, South Africa, Australia
7c Sport, 7b Boulder, 7a Trad
Yosemite big walls; South African / Madagascan walls; 8,500 ocean miles of sailing
Favorite piece of big wall gear: My trusty wall radio belting out 80’s rock. Don’t stop… Believing…
Age 37; South African; Rope access specialist
Expeditions: India, Mt Kenya, Zimbabwe, Namibia, USA, Spain, South Africa
8c Sport, 8b Boulder, 7c+ Trad
Free climbed Free Rider on El Capitan, Half Dome virtually onsite free (one fall), first ascents of several 8b+ and 8c sport routes in South Africa
Favorite piece of big wall gear: Doesn’t matter because I’ll probably drop it anyway!
Age 36; South African; IT programmer
Expeditions: Thailand, Czech Republic, USA, Namibia, Nigeria, Mt Kenya, the Alps, South Africa
7a+ Trad, 7c Sport
Free climbed Half Dome in a day; 4 ascents of El Capitan, including The Nose in a day
Favorite piece of big wall gear: a #6 cam and the off-width that comes with it. Bring it on!
Interview with Andrew