Grand Traverse

On Sunday 2010/12/05 at 04:00 Louwtjie Van Straaten and myself Gavin Bazley left the Sentinal car park and started a 228km journey on foot. We were attempting the Grand Traverse Challenge.

On her second attempt at the Grand Traverse record, completed on Sunday the 10th of Januray, 2010, Christine Harris established a new womans speed record.

A new Grand Traverse speed record of 61 hours, 24 minutes and 11 seconds, was set by Andrew Porter on 18 December, 2009.

A personal account of the Grand Traverse Record event of 17-20 December 2008 in which the ten year old record was finally beaten in a new time of 3 days, 9 hours and 52 minutes.

The 10 year old Grand Traverse record was finally smashed on December 20 with a time of 3 days 9 hours and 53 minutes!

An attempt at breaking the speed record of the Grand Traverse was aborted at Organ Pipes Pass due to the first major snowfall in the Drakensberg of the season. The group attempting the record took shelter in one of the Ndumeni Caves and were rescued by helicopter the following morning.

A profile of the Drakensberg Grand Traverse featuring relief profiles, distances and altitude gain and loss.

The Grand Traverse is the ultimate mountain-hiking challenge in southern Africa, spanning the entire KwaZulu-Natal section of the Berg. Starting from Sentinel Car Park in the north it ends at Bushman's Neck in the south, after a gruelling 240km and an altitude gain and loss of 26km.