Local expeditioners smash SA climbing record in support of coding project

Four climbers have set a new record time for summiting the highest peaks in all nine of South Africa’s provinces.

The group broke the previous record and achieved the milestone in four days, 15 hours and 59 minutes - all for a good cause.

The adventure was to aid the campaign #CodeClimber, which aims to raise funds to provide coding lessons to disadvantaged youth.

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The climbers were expedition leader Tian Liebenberg, accompanied by Sean Disney, Alex Harris and Adrian Saffy.

Disney has spent over 20 years in mountaineering and has completed the world’s Seven Summits twice, among other achievements.

Disney explained the origins and importance of the initiative and reflected on the team's achievement.

It wasn't easy and was probably one of the toughest challenges I've been through in some time.

Sean Disney, adventure climber and mountain guide

We were hoping to knock a day off the record. We were a little bit overconfident.

Sean Disney, adventure climber and mountain guide

We decided to do it in mid-Winter. We're quite used to those conditions... It worked, it paid off.

Sean Disney, adventure climber and mountain guide

We had a few hitches... The most draining part was having to drive 3 500 kilometers and the sleep deprivation.

Sean Disney, adventure climber and mountain guide

If you climb, and you start together, you have to finish together.

Sean Disney, adventure climber and mountain guide

Most of these things, because we were on a time-schedule, we did at night. The down time was very sparse.

Sean Disney, adventure climber and mountain guide

Working together was important in the process.

Sean Disney, adventure climber and mountain guide

He says that the previous record was in place for about five years.

Take a listen to him reflect on the adventure:


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