The Send Space
By Mienke Richter
Three local climbers have gotten together to bring you regular episodes featuring climbers and adventurers from around the country, documenting their adventures, sends, fears, failures and lessons learned. Hosted by Mienke Richter, with content and production support from Tara Senior and Campbell Tiley.
The Send SpaceMay 31, 2023
S2E2: Terry White - "Vertical Chess"
Welcome to the 2nd episode of season 2 of The Send Space.
In this episode Allister Fenton speaks with Terry White about “Vertical Chess”.
Terry takes us through his early days of climbing from starting out with the scouts to becoming entrenched in the sport with the Wits University Mountain Club. From climbing in Tonquani and in the Burg, Terry brings us back to the ‘why we climb’ and the importance of truly experiencing the sport to its fullest potential. Terry reminds us of the unique nature of the sport and how experiencing things like the thrill of trad climbing and surrounding yourself with a community of people to sings songs and be social, are equally important.
So stick around and let Terry convince you why we do the sport in the first place!
You can find Terry’s songs in the following MCSA Journals:
Vol 107; 2004; Page 154 - The climbs they are a changin’.
Vol 108; 2005; Page 171 - The Wicking Song.
Vol 122; 2019; Page 100-101 - The climbs they are a changin’ (more).
S2E1: Paul Fatti - "Mountaineering is a mind game"
In this, the first episode of The Send Space season 2. Mienke speaks with the legendary South African climber Paul Fatti! Take a listen to find out about Paul and his earlier years of climbing in South Africa and some brief insights into his start with the Wits Mountain Club. From hitchhiking through Africa and climbing in Blouberg in his early years to scaling the Rommin route on The Troll Wall, the tallest wall in Europe. Stick around for some jaw dropping stories and some awesome insights into South African climbing history. And on behalf of The Send Space, welcome to season 2.
S1E15: A seaside rescue mission, with Stephen and Kati
No amount of planning can guarantee a safe ascent – especially when it’s an (unintentional) first ascent. In this episode we chat with Stephen Hoffe (planner of epic missions) and Kati von Ketelhodt (MSAR extraordinaire). While Kati is well-versed in rescue missions, she recently experienced a role reversal after a climbing accident in an incredibly beautiful but remote area of the Eastern Cape coastline. What happened? Where did things go wrong? And what can we learn from the event? Find out in this episode!
S1E14: Bleeding on the rock, with Karine Bezuidenhout
For more info on the studies mentioned in this episode, visit www.insidetracker.com. You can reach Karine on Instagram: @running_climbing_physio
S1 Short 1: The art of setting, with Katleho Pobe
Welcome to our debut 'short', featuring KP as we talk about the creativity, passion and hard work of routesetting. The start of this episode was recorded at the Gauteng Provincial Champs, with a follow up convo some weeks later to satisfy our curiosity. We hope you enjoy this change of pace!
S1E13: What makes a mentor? with Brigitte Pegado and Catherine Honegger
What’s the difference between your climbing buddy, and a mentor? Between a newby enthusiast, and a long-time mentee? How do we balance mentorship, climbing, and daily life? What’s the point of mentorship anyway? Should mentors get paid? These are the questions we tried to cover in this episode featuring two lady-CRUSHERS (who we are definitely crushing on). Brigitte and Cath join Mienke for a chat where they cover it all: from getting started, to comp climbing, to trad ethics. Did they cover any of the questions we set out to ask? Give it a listen and find out for yourself.
S1E12: That shared feeling; a community episode
Tune in to stories from our listeners as they share their personal climbing experiences. This community episode covers everything from that first-time-climbing feeling, to experienced guiding on multi-day adventures - and everything in between. In order of appearance:
- Cally Bishop introduces new climbers to the great outdoors.
- Jonny Nates takes us through his gruelling projecting process.
- Marno Kotze gets bloody in the Magaliesburg Kloofs.
- Chrisna Prinsloo faces her fears, head-on.
- Ant Olde gets sucked in.
- Brigitte Pegado plans an epic adventure, across borders, mid-Pandemic.
S1E11: Competitors cheering you on, with the Ugandan climbing team
Watch the comp finals here:
Ladies’ final boulders: www.instagram.com/p/CXlfI1xoGxs/
Men's final boulders: www.instagram.com/p/CXloTXqqita/
S1E10: An ode to climbing; a community episode
This special 10th instalment features stories from our listeners as they share what climbing means to them. This community episode is packed with passion, adventure, and STOKE for the South African climbing scene!
- Jemma Falkov reads an excerpt from Andy de Klerk’s short-story anthology, Sharper Edges.
- Allister Fenton interviews Jess Lear about her first multi-pitch experience at Mount Everest, KZN.
- Rahul Rajcoomar share’s his love of climbing with the world.
- Derisha Govender gives us a short-person's perspective on episode 7 And titles this community episode as "an ode to climbing."
- Marno Kotze’s tells us of his trad-ventures in Magaliesburg kloofs.
- And Aimee Clarke ends with a poem.
- Finally, we are gifted with new outro music, a sweet ukulele tune compliments of Benji Dorfan from the band Hiding Bigfoot.
S1E9: Failure is part of the fun, with Aimée Clarke
Mienke is joined on the couch by Aimee – Mienke’s first climbing partner and Send Space co-founder (or ‘hostage’, as she calls it). They get rather piddled and talk about climbing partnerships, business partnerships, and open belaytionships with a whole lot of laughter in between. Grab a drink and get to know us a bit better, and while you’re at it get 10% off your next Black Diamond purchase with the code “BD4BUDDIES” at checkout.
[Warning: Explicit language - Aimee does not hold back]
Mentioned in this episode: Order a Send Space T-shirt, read about Boven Open Weekend, watch our original IG Live, join CityROCK’s Climb Like a Girl initiative, or join Bennie de Wet for a tradventure by mailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
S1E8: Twigs in your ears, with Allister Fenton
This is a continuation of episode 3, although you don’t need to have heard part 1 to enjoy part 2! Our conversation with Al digs into the evolution of the climbing scene in South Africa, experienced by Allister as he moved from working at Drifters, to CityROCK, to Friends and Allies. We also hear about the ins and outs of climbing in Blouberg - a truly epic tradventure location.
S1E7: Attaching self-worth to a number, with Kent Jennings
Mienke chats to Kent Jennings – Head Routesetter at CityROCK Jhb and king of the thumbercling – with the aim of discussing women in routesetting. Naturally, we take many detours and end up discussing grading, sandbagging, Kent’s personality, the setting “boys club”, and the Olympic boulders. Eventually we get on track and discuss what it takes to foster a more inclusive setting industry. For more info on the things mentioned in this episode, learn about the Olympics rising sun boulder problem, Bloc11, and CityROCK. Advertisers in this episode include GoodBETA, Yael’s Yarns, and the Send Space. Want to feature in our community episode? Here’s how.
S1E6: Making an impact, with Friends and Allies
We sit down with the names and faces behind Jozi’s latest climbing gym – Friends and Allies. Featuring not one but FOUR guests, we dig deep into the business of climbing and the creative processes involved in forming this unique space which may be small, but packs big ambitions. For more info about the things mentioned in this podcast, check out: Boven Open Weekend, Scallywags Climbing, Mumma Mushroom Design, Bloc11, Dream Higher and CityROCK. Advertisers in this episode include GoodBETA, Wazoogles Superfood, the MCSA and the Send Space. Want the full-length episode? Subscribe to the Send Space on Patreon.
S1E5: Women are not just small men, with Jenni Commins
Welcome to our Women's Month episode featuring Jenni Commins – local climber and so much more! We talk about the nuances of being a female climber, from motherhood, to body image, to menstrual cycles. Get ready for some epic personal insights from Mienke, as well as some EXCITING announcements about the Send Space. For more info about things in this podcast: read about trekking in the Cordillera Blanca, read Touching the Void, and while you’re at it, show us some love and subscribe on Patreon.
S1E4: The Olympic Picture Part 3, Chris Cosser gets real
Enjoy the second half of Mienke’s interview with our male Olympian, Chris Cosser. We dig deep into a range of topics from diversity in climbing, the Olympic ego, his training schedule and his mental health leading up to Tokyo2020. For an update on Chris since this interview took place, and further info on the Olympics, read this blog on GoodBETA. If you are curious about some things mentioned in this episode, you can learn more about Bloc11 and Dream Higher; read about Tomoa Nagasaki; watch the African Continental Championship Dec 2020; and watch the IFSC Boulder World Cup Meiringen 2021.
S1E3: Risk is a part of life, with Allister Fenton
Allister reveals his rather unconventional and passionate entry into the climbing world, and then deep-dives into issues of safety and ethics when it comes to trad and free solo. As a child, he made his own harness. As an adult, he has free soloed multiple times. Listen to this episode to get to know Allister and see if you agree that he remains a safety-conscious and highly-respected part of the South African climbing scene. Like the episode? Why not support the podcast?
S1E2: The Olympic Picture Part 2 with Erin Sterkenberg and James Barnes
We had a Zoom call with our local female Olympian Erin Stekerkenberg and her coach James Barnes to gain some insight into what it’s like to be 18 and preparing to represent SA in the first climbing Olympics. In true Mienke style, there are some detours in the conversation along the way as we dig into some pressing issues of the climbing community. We cover a lot in a short space of time so here are some links to a few things mentioned: Youth Day in South Africa, KZN MCSA, Shongweni Climbing, Umgeni Valley Climbing, City Rock, Southern Rock, RAM, Black Diamond.
S1E1: The Olympic Picture Part 1 with Chris Cosser
We get to know him, he gets to know us, and we discuss some epic issues facing the climbing community as the sport inevitably grows and changes. Chris was the ideal first guest, and was almost more of a co-host which really sets the scene for this show, since we aim to inspire debate, discussion and collaboration in our community.
This is our pilot episode, which was recorded on Mienke’s couch at her home in Johannesburg.
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S1E0: Introducing the Send Space
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