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Schedule and progress for Essence of The Dragon 2018.

Schedule and progress for Essence of The Dragon 2017.

Schedule and progress for Essence of The Dragon 2016.

Showcase of the Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains

Essence Of The Dragon is a quarterly photo competition hosted by Vertical Endeavour featuring images of the Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains - showcasing their splendour & unique character, towards better recognition of their worth & enhanced enjoyment of those who explore them.

These are the governing rules for Essense Of The Dragon:

Vertical Endeavour is gearing up towards...well...gear. It is evident from the forum that much interest in outdoor equipment exists within the community and naturally gear is a very relevant topic for those venturing into the mountains. And so we’d like to gear this site towards more gear talk!

So, VE.com is 3 years old now! It's birthday celebrations have been marked by a heap of software upgrades - almost every component has been updated in some way recently.

True to the nature of the web, this site is constantly growing in content & members and undergoes endless updates, for both for software and material. The information on this site is progressive, and grows in scope, detail and accuracy the more members interact on it. Nobody knows it all, especially not for the Drakensberg. With this in mind, remember to check out certain pages which are routinely updated.

You may have noticed that we've started publishing new content on Drakensberg passes.

Google renders 710 000 search results for the word “Drakensberg”, but is the Drakensberg truly on the web?