Aid climbing Majka enjoys a perfect crack on Southern Crossing. © Peter Doucette

Aid climbing

"What makes a climb impassable?

I'm 215-meters up a first ascent of a granite crack climb in the heart of Namibia, and all I have to hold onto is a bush. Lots of bushes. Trees, too. In order to get where I'm going - the summit - I need what's behind the bushes, the thing these bushes are choking, the thing that I have travelled 15,400 kilometers by plane, truck, and foot for: a perfect crack."

Majka Burhardt