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.
* Passes of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park - a basic list of passes in the UDP, Mweni and bits of Qwa Qwa, named in order from North to South. Consideration is given to unmarked/unnamed passes, route variations and alternate summits. At this point in time no attempt is made to grade the passes in this list, though an indication is given of trails, no trails, and rock passes. Broadly speaking a trail means the pass is easy, or at least manageable. No trail generally means the going gets tougher (though plodding up a slope with short grass is not that difficult). Rock passes are difficult (with one or two exceptions). A grading of the use by Basothos is given where possible for each pass – an important consideration in modern day Berg hiking.
This information is updated whenever new details are verified. Recently thumbnails have been added, where available, linking to gallery pictures in the dedicated section for Berg passes.
* GPS Co-ordinates of Passes in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park - an associated page, where altitudes and co-ordinates are added as they are verified. This data is always in sync with the associated GPX download.
* Drakensberg Caves GPS Co-ordinates -the caves counterpart to the above-mentioned page. This data is kept in sync with the associated GPX download. A full list of caves, featuring a basic shelter rating, use-by-locals rating, and picture thumbnail linking to the galleries, will appear sometime in the future.
* The Khulus above 3300m - details – a list detailing South Africa’s highest peaks. Altitudes, co-ordinates and picture thumbnails are updated whenever these details become available. Since the site upgrade in 2009, the thumbnails and associated gallery have not been fully populated as they were previously, but this will be re-instated in time. Future plans also include a clear distinction between theoretical waypoints (calculated from map) and measured ones (whenever a real GPS measurement is not available, a theoretical one is used). And of course, this data is always kept in sync with the associated GPX download. In time more lists will be added to extend this project into a full, systematic list of peaks, especially for the Khulus (3000m+ peaks).
So, how do you know if there has been an update? Keep an eye on Vertical Endeavour’s Facebook page or Twitter profile. Also, when browsing articles, look for the “Recently Updated” list on the side. Each article will also indicate when it was last updated (if applicable). For downloads, check the detail text for each download, where the date of the last update will be clearly indicated.