Drakensberg FKTs - Record of Times

07 Oct 2019 15:35 - 07 Oct 2019 15:36 #75368 by Nicolaas
Johardt did it on back to back days. Yesterday in a slow time of 2h40 ;-)
https://www.strava.com/activities/2767232560
Last edit: 07 Oct 2019 15:36 by Nicolaas.
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26 Nov 2019 16:53 - 27 Nov 2019 12:32 #75486 by Stijn
Armand du Plessis just finished a solo DGT this morning, sneaking in just under 4 days - well done dude!

I've updated his time here:  https://www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/14-drakensberg-general/55826-drakensberg-fkts-record-of-times.html?start=20#65856  - great to see someone give it another go! Things had been quiet for a while... 

Edit: He's got a great writeup on Facebook now -  m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10157639023245751&id=579040750
Last edit: 27 Nov 2019 12:32 by Stijn.
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26 Nov 2019 19:29 #75487 by AndrewP
Well done Armand!

I stand to correction but he may be only the second person to complete a solo GT. I have not heard of any others at any speed, at least as a single, unsupported push

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26 Nov 2019 20:18 #75489 by Stijn
There is a 92h time on the list by Brendon Ferrar, who started with someone else but I believe was solo from the Cathedral Peak area after his partner pulled out.

Otherwise, just you & Armand. I have massive respect for you guys as that adds a whole range of additional challenges! 

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27 Nov 2019 14:53 #75500 by armanddp
Thank you so so much @AndrewP @Stijn. I've so often come back here to read and reread some of the threads to try and soak up the information contained within. Reading the stories and the replies here have been a major source inspiration and mostly made this whole idea seem a little more tangible. 

It was one absolutely incredibly special and humbling experience. I'm still trying to process the whole thing, think it'll take some time for the memories to settle in. Probably not quite as long as it'll take to get the dirt out of my gear and clothes though. I've washed some things three times and there's still grime coming out :p 

Thanks again for all the sharing on here. And I'm pretty darn friggen stoked to get my name on this list of finishers too! 
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27 Nov 2019 17:05 #75501 by Nicolaas
Congrats Armand! Massive effort, and I guess the days were hot as well? Perhaps when you are a bit more rested you can share a bit of details and insights you experienced on the particular route you followed across the escarpment?
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Nicolaas

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27 Nov 2019 17:35 #75502 by armanddp
Thanks @nicolaas - yep the days were pretty scorching and then some pretty spectacular typical thunderstorms in the afternoons/nights. Still decompressing a bit and catching up with life after the bliss of a few days out there in the mountains. Would love to share some proper details about the experience when I'm sort of resynched - hopefully in coherent sentences :) 
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02 Dec 2019 08:34 #75505 by vivo101
Well Done Armand. Looked like a epic adventure....Dancing with the Basotho Sheperds and all. 

"To those who are enthralled by mountains, their wonder is beyond all dispute. To those who are not, their allure is a kind of madness." - Mountain

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