Dragon's Wrath 2013
The purpose of this is to:
* concatenate all information about these accidents to keep a concerned Drakensberg community informed;
* express solidarity and concern to those involved in the accidents;
* learn from mistakes made and to heed warnings of risks.
The purpose of this is NOT to:
* criticise or embarrass those involved;
* create media hype about other peoples accidents;
* create undue negative publicity for the Berg.
5 hiking-related deaths in 2008
Dragon's Wrath 2010
Dragon's Wrath 2011
Dragon's Wrath 2012
Gavin Raubenheimer posted this report on the MCSA KZN facebook page:
MALE (57) AIRLIFTED FROM THE DRAKESNBERG IN A NIGHT OPERATION
A 57 year old male hiker was bitten on the foot by a Puffadder, while staying at "Khaula" at Vergelegen, part of the uKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park. The cave is located at 2300m and on steep ground. The patient was part of a group hiking in the area. The party alerted rangers of KZN Wildlife at the Vergelegen office who in turn raised the alarm with the main Ezemvelo office at Cobham near Underberg. Mr. Charl Brummer from Cobham at about 4:30pm then called the Mountain Club's Search and Rescue team for assistance. The Mountain Club co-ordinated a combined rescue team of one Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS)paramedic and 3 Mountain Club members. The team left from Oribi airport at last light onboard a SA Air Force Oryx helicopter from 15 Squadron in Durban.
The aircraft arrived at the patient at 8pm and a night hoisting operation took place in a deep closed-out valley at 2300m altitude. Mountain Club members and the EMRS paramedic were hoisted down from the aircraft and stabilised and packaged the patient. He was then hoisted into the aircraft with the team and taken to a Pietermaritzburg hospital. The aircraft had to avoid thunderstorms to get into the Drakensberg and again on its return. It was a successful operation which involved skilled flying by the SA Airforce.
MCSA- Mountain Rescue Convener
Does anyone have any additional info on the recent Dak crash and the outcome?
No, Harro is not my uncle. I copied it from the news site.
On our descent of North Hlubi Pass yesterday, after a huge hail storm which hit us (literally) at about 2800m - leaving enough small ice marbles to make foot placements difficult combined with the large amounts of rain making it difficult to walk in the riverbed on the hardest part of the pass. On an exposed section of the pass (around 2700m) our youngest member, Michael (Hobbit), took a nasty 10m fall on around 80 degree wet rock, landing in the riverbed below. The incident happened just below the twist in the river seen in this photo:
He seems to be fine - which is a miracle, I don't see how someone can take such a nasty fall, land feet first and not even twist their ankle. He walked out the rest of the route and seems to be fine.
Its an ugly reminder of how vicious the Dragon can be. I'll put details of the pass itself (which is no more exposed than Rhino Pass or Judge Pass), the groups reaction to the event etc in the upcoming hike report "The Dragon's Missing Thumb".
Update on how he's doing: "I'm ok, very sore, but ok." - from an sms received from him this morning
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Could of happened to any of us on that exPosed section of the gully.
Must give credit to Ghaz, he is an incredible hike leader.
Just goes to show the Dargon shows no mercy.