As we approach to the base of the mountain we are greeted by a bad omen of a car sized boulder tumbling down where we were headed. As we climb towards the C-J col, the glacier is split and we end up having to navigate the most messed up moat I've ever encountered. My buddy who can climb 5.11 rock vowed never to climb Johannesburg ever again. It's do-able for a hardy mountaineer, but don't expect it to be a walk in the park.
This was the hardest 4th class, and the spiciest vegetation, that I have ever climbed. ~5h from car to top, then a spicier-than-expected descent of the C-J couloir for a full day of quality mountaineering. Trip report.
Made a very strong attempt at the second winter ascent of the NE Buttress of J'Berg. Bivied one pitch below easy summit slopes but a non functioning stove forced us to descend the following morning. Told my friend Colin about it who made the the second successful winter ascent of the route with Mark Bunker. It has not had a third winter ascent despite attempts by very strong parties.