Who is doing or has done the Grand Traverse

11 Apr 2013 05:04 #56641 by Smurfatefrog
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11 Apr 2013 06:55 - 15 Apr 2013 07:36 #56642 by ghaznavid
Thanks Smurf :thumbsup:

Happy to see that Ruan finished this year, we were all sad when he pulled out at Sani last year. Surprised that Andre was back, he was adamant that last year would be his last.

I see they still haven't updated the GT roll for 2012 though :huh:

Getting to the top is nothing, the way you do it is everything – Royal Robins
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14 Apr 2013 15:27 - 14 Apr 2013 16:43 #56694 by Geordie
Well done to the mountain pack packers, gee, ghosts from the past.


André Kleynhans who wrote the story did his first GT with me in 2009.He describes himself as “a dominee from East London”, but we had other names for him, Berg Bok being one of them. On the way up the chain ladders he announced that he was a little short of breath and that perhaps it was the altitude. 3 of us "souties" laughed at him and told him to stop making excuses, (in a good natured way, you understand). Well, we had to eat our words because when he adjusted a day later and his blood n guts, and the benefit of many Comrades and Washie’s (a 100mile ultra marathon) kicked in, you could not catch the man. And his skill at following a GPS in fog and mist now seems to be legend.

Andre or anyone with his email, please contact me, it’s been far too long. You are one GT ahead now, but I may have one more in me yet, perhaps you will join me.

Another ghost is a MBC member who would not allow any JHB members on a GT back in 2007 or 2008, although I had done 2 resupplies for them before. I remain eternally grateful to you, and I really mean it, because it got me off my fat bum and I put my own GT together and have never looked back since then. Thank you and I hope I get the chance to shake your hand one day.

Regards
G
Last edit: 14 Apr 2013 16:43 by Geordie. Reason: spelling
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17 May 2013 13:47 - 17 May 2013 13:52 #56956 by ahowes
I'm going to be part of a group doing the GT from 22 September 2013.

It will be an unsupported attempt and hopefully finshed in 6 days.

Direction North to South; Sentinal to Bushman's neck doing the required 6 peaks as setout by Gavin Raubenheimer.

Still in the planning stages but will post more details.
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26 Jul 2013 09:56 #57828 by texasconverse
I see @ahowes is going the week of 22 Sep. Does anyone know of a trip going before then in August or early Sep? I'd love to join a group of people so I don't go alone.

For reference, I'm mostly wanting to hike Sentinel to Sani Top in about a week.

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26 Jul 2013 14:54 #57831 by ghaznavid

texasconverse wrote: I see @ahowes is going the week of 22 Sep. Does anyone know of a trip going before then in August or early Sep? I'd love to join a group of people so I don't go alone.

For reference, I'm mostly wanting to hike Sentinel to Sani Top in about a week.


There aren't usually groups doing GT's, if 3 teams do it each year it would be a lot. You might be able to find someone to join you. Easiest way to do a GT is to join Mountain Backpackers annual one, but that's in April each year. Otherwise you pretty much have to set everything up yourself and try to find people to join you.

Getting to the top is nothing, the way you do it is everything – Royal Robins

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11 Aug 2013 13:43 - 15 Aug 2013 20:19 #58012 by fjorden
Great to read the other reports. Here's ours: Drakensberg Traverse Report 2013 . It may be a bit long, sorry. On the 2nd page you can find our profile and daily covered distances. I've uploaded it to my server as it seems my uploaded document to the Downloads section on this website never appeared.

I ran into the MBC team of Dave at the top of the Sani Pass where they were planning to spend the night and I got a quick update on how wet and cold their start had been, when I set off late afternoon to make it to the top of the Mashai Pass. I needed to cut short the last part to catch up with friends picking me up the next day.

It was a really great experience and fantastic landscape! It's tempting to do it more lightweight and a bit faster.

Also, thanks for all the info provided on this forum that helped us prepare the trip much better.
Last edit: 15 Aug 2013 20:19 by fjorden. Reason: updated link to PDF
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11 Aug 2013 13:59 #58013 by ghaznavid
Thanks for sharing - I've downloaded it, I'll give it a read soon.

As for the length - mine was 22 pages before adding 32 photos, so don't worry :laugh:

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11 Aug 2013 17:04 - 11 Aug 2013 17:05 #58016 by intrepid

fjorden wrote: I've uploaded it to my server as it seems my uploaded document to the Downloads section on this website never appeared.

Oopsie, that may have been human error as I probably missed the email notification. I have published it now:
www.vertical-endeavour.com/downloads/viewdownload/4-drakensberg-grand-traverse/130-drakensberg-traverse-report.html
Its a really great report, I see you put a lot of effort into that.

I have also set the Downloads to publish automatically from now on to make it easier, so if you upload something it should appear right away. Moderators will still take a look at it, but at least it will be available right away. Remember too that we are only an email or a PM away if something isn't working as expected.

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
Last edit: 11 Aug 2013 17:05 by intrepid.
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15 Aug 2013 20:21 #58087 by fjorden

intrepid wrote:

fjorden wrote: I have published it now.

Remember too that we are only an email or a PM away if something isn't working as expected.


Thanks for publishing it! I've updated the link in my message.

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