Tribute to Meridy of the Mountains

28 Sep 2017 20:38 #72202 by Vertical Endeavour
Meridy's connection with wilderness is integrally linked to her deep...

"Wilderness is like the Tao; it is the Way of no way… " Quote by Meridy Pfotenhauer, September 2016

Meridy Pfotenhauer passed away peacefully in Pietermaritzburg, on 4 September 2017, at the age of 67. Her life was dedicated to the Drakensberg mountains – a World Heritage Site of mountain wilderness, magnificent scenery, sparkling rivers, fascinating Bushmen rock art, and local communities who were mentors and friends.

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28 Sep 2017 20:57 - 28 Sep 2017 21:04 #72203 by intrepid
One of the things I really appreciated about Meridy was how reluctant she was in taking credit for the works she had done. She truly worked selflessly towards conservation in the Drakensberg and involving the local communities. And she worked hard at it! If you had not heard much about her before, it was simply because she chose to avoid recognition. Now with her passing, it is only right that she be remembered for the enormous contribution she made. Even as she was battling the fatal disease that eventually led to her passing, her concern was that we continue to fight for the preservation of the Berg.

Bergwatch made a significant impact on me in the days that I first started exploring the Drakensberg. Undoubtedly it formed part of my convictions that led to the founding of VE. To work with Meridy in later years was a very big privilege.

In remembering her life and her work, let it be a challenge to all of us to take the baton that she handed over to us. Will you continue the work of preserving the Drakensberg?

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
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29 Sep 2017 08:27 - 29 Sep 2017 08:35 #72205 by tonymarshall
I am very sad to hear of Meridy's passing.

Meridy also had a large influence on me in my early hiking days, and although we lost touch later, I will fondly remember the petite younger lady (back then) who always hiked in colourful gumboots from the 1990s, and always set a good example for others to follow. Meridy was probably the silent inspiration to my ongoing desire to preserve the Drakensberg.

RIP Meridy.
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29 Sep 2017 19:32 #72206 by Papa Dragon

Vertical Endeavour wrote: Meridy's connection with wilderness is integrally linked to her deep...

"Wilderness is like the Tao; it is the Way of no way… " Quote by Meridy Pfotenhauer, September 2016

Meridy Pfotenhauer passed away peacefully in Pietermaritzburg, on 4 September 2017, at the age of 67. Her life was dedicated to the Drakensberg mountains – a World Heritage Site of mountain wilderness, magnificent scenery, sparkling rivers, fascinating Bushmen rock art, and local communities who were mentors and friends.

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I had never met her, and vaguely heard of her, but this is a very profound and moving tribute to an obviously very special person.

May we all strive to follow her example in a small way..

RIP
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