In the summer of 2014, James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini traveled to Rocklands, South Africa—but unlike most climbers, they weren’t headed there for the bouldering. Instead, James and Caroline packed their bags to explore the less traveled frontiers of climbing in the area; namely, in the form of trad.

The thing I remember most from the trip is the feeling of excitement. Realizing that—God, we’ve explored such a tiny part of this world. We went to an an area that everybody knows; that everyone’s been climbing at for years and years and years, and you walk 50 meters up the path and there is unlimited potential.

-James Pearson


Related: Jimmy Webb in the Rocklands

To follow more of James and Caroline’s adventures, check out their blog.