Talk to a mountain climber. They often speak of their experiences as sacred journeys. For some, climbing a cliff brings them to the edge of life and death. Whether on a moderate alpine rock climb or Mount Everest, staying mindful of your needs is vital. Imagine one of these people, scaling a boulder -- so adventurous. Actually, climbing is not spontaneous travel at all. You have to know every single rock and piece of equipment, and train months, sometimes years, in advance. With application, comes a greater sense of fulfillment … which takes time and patience.

The first lesson: Embrace the fact that we’re all different. “People come in many shapes, sizes, and ability levels, and each of our unique physiologies plays the central role in determining what it takes for us to adequately prepare for a chosen objective,” according to the American Alpine Institute (AAI). So it’s important to start training gradually, and of course, to stay hydrated. How soon is too soon to start training? It’s never too soon, but it can be too late. Even experts admit that work, personal life and mental health can get in the way of training. Do you have a gym membership … and use it? Then a few months of training should do the trick. A bit of a couch potato? Invest at least a year.

The second, rather obvious piece of advice: “Climbing is the best training for climbing.” If getting outside is a challenge, then simulate what you would experience on a real climb. Hiking, stairs, skiing, swimming, trail running, and mountain biking all do the trick. Indoor activities can also prepare you. AAI recommends a low intensity cardio warmup to get the blood flowing, weight training, then a longer cardio session to target cardio-fitness and move the blood through the muscles broken down during the workout.

Third, plan ahead. Create a weekly schedule for exercise and rest days. Set specific goals. Be patient with your body. And finally, tackle that mountain. Professional climber and guide Coley Gentzel eats fatty foods to build up stores because heading into the mountains, where he expects to burn lots of calories.

Even if you’re not a mountain climber, what’s your workout? We each have something that gets our blood flowing. Take a moment. Plan how you can reach your highest potential. As Coley does, journal on the whole experience. Conquer that learning curve, reflect on what you enjoy and what you could do better in the future. Climbing is the best training for climbing. So do what you want to do, every day, and you’ll reach that peak.

Imizekeliso-Planners & Project Managers(IPPM) have had to maintain a rigorous work ethic in the quest to build their practice. They had to plan ahead. Setting specific goals has been at top of their plan to reach their potential. Being patient with the pace of of growth. Conquering that learning curve, reflecting on what they are good at and what they could do better in the future. The  only way to learn is by action. So they understand that not neglecting the small every day things that they can do over a period of time to drastically change their future is important in order to reach that peak. And finally, tackling fear by identifying what they're afraid might happen and taking steps toward changing that.

Established in 2012 in Mthatha, Eastern Cape (EC), IPPM has now expanded to Matatiele KwaZulu Natal(KZN). Situated on the border of the EC and KZN, IPPM is steadily climbing towards becoming the leading provider of educational tools, design and building resources for Multi - Residential projects in the in the Eastern Cape and the KwaZulu Natal Region. Their claim to fame is the quality result of various Multi-Residential projects executed without compromising the buildings functionality. Stay tuned for features of their mult-residential projects and as they bring you along their journey towards reaching their peak!!

The Fountain, Nqadu Road, Mthatha - Design Completed 2013 (Above images:top- 3D Rendering, bottom left & right- Constructed building)

This is one of our first multi-residential projects, designed in 2013. Unfortunately our involvement on the project was limited to the design phase and municipal submission documentation.

Our involvement on the project:
2.1 Architectural Services
 Initial development of brief
- Inception
- Feasibility
 Design phase and elaboration of brief
- Outline proposal
- Scheme Design
 Technical documentation phase


“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”

―  Samuel Johnson