Dragon's Wrath 2019

05 Jan 2019 03:44 - 08 Jan 2019 07:32 #74452 by intrepid
Dragon's Wrath 2019 was created by intrepid
This is the place to gather and discuss all accidents and rescues in the Drakensberg for 2019. The most common are hiking related, though they can also result from other activities such as climbing and paragliding. This title of this thread is inspired by the book "Dragons Wrath" by Reg Pearse & James Byrom, and is an endeavour to continue on in that spirit.

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;
* maintain a publicly accessible historic record.

The purpose of this is not to:
* criticise or embarrass those involved;
* create media hype;
* create undue negative publicity for the Berg.

Historical threads:
Dragon's Wrath 2008
´╗┐Dragon's Wrath 2009 (not yet compiled)
Dragon's Wrath 2010
Dragon's Wrath 2011
Dragon's Wrath 2012
Dragon's Wrath 2013
Dragon's Wrath 2014
Dragon's Wrath 2015
Dragon's Wrath 2016
Dragon's Wrath 2017
´╗┐ Dragon's Wrath 2018

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
Last edit: 08 Jan 2019 07:32 by intrepid.
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08 Apr 2019 20:51 #74891 by Richard Hunt
Replied by Richard Hunt on topic Dragon's Wrath 2019
A busy weekend in the Drakensberg. The weekend of March 30 and 31 was a very busy time for KZN Mountain Rescue and Ezemvelo staff. The entire weekend's rescues were made more difficult by a shortage of aircraft, due to many helicopters being deployed to Mozambique, due to the recent floods there.
It started with a problem with a male hiker who had injured his knee on the Friday and needed some assistance from the top of Organ Pipes Pass. This situation was only eventually resolved the next day after he managed to get part way down with help from his own party and the MCSA team. They got to the contour road from where he could be brought down by vehicle.
While this was going on, two female hikers each broke their left legs by falling off the path near Marble Baths Cave. Both were evacuated by using a small private helicopter and Ezemvelo staff and medic. On the Saturday night 2 foreign hikers got lost and spent the night out near Ribbon Falls at Cathedral Peak. They were found unharmed the next morning by Ezemvelo Field Rangers. During the Saturday another incident was happening in the southern Drakensberg where a MCSA and rescue team member became ill while at Pillar Cave. His condition deteriorated and by Sunday morning he had to be evacuated on horseback and then driven to hospital. He was later discovered to have suffered a stroke and is now thankfully rapidly improving in health. Gavin Raubenheimer
KZN Search & Rescue Convener
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10 Apr 2019 14:05 #74896 by Riaang
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Wow, busy indeed!

With Easter weekend coming up I reckon there will be more traffic than usual in the berg, which could be problematic for search & rescue if the weather is bad. While hiking at Injasuthi with the kids and family there were a number of incidents, and a couple of people I met on trail wasn't prepared for the conditions. Some didn't have maps, or raingear, and in rainy/foggy weather without maps or a GPS you are surely looking for trouble. We had to change our route to get the one family to safety, happy to help but could just shake my head at peoples ignorance and lack of basic mountain knowledge. I mean really, no map in mist, first time in the area, really silly.
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