Grand Traverse re-supplies

01 Jun 2015 19:47 #64061 by intrepid
This thread is all about how to do re-supplies for the Grand Traverse.

If you are specifically looking for volunteers to do a re-supply for you, please do not post it here, rather use the Notice Board category of this forum.

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24 Feb 2019 09:44 #74675 by khristiankowalski
Good morning all,
im struggling to arrange a supply drop on our 4th or 5th day of the DGT, ideally at the top of Organ Pipes or Leslie's Pass.  I have received a few replies from commercial companies, but they tend to suggest that I make a drop at day 7  (Bannermans) or 9 (Sani).  Im trying to avoid a 7 or 9 day load, hence the desired options of Organ Pipes or Leslies.  Any suggestions would be greatly welcome.  Khristian

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25 Feb 2019 08:11 #74676 by GriffBaker
What date Khristian?

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25 Feb 2019 09:23 #74677 by khristiankowalski

GriffBaker wrote: What date Khristian?


Hi Griff, start date of 26 March,  so based on our current plans,  top of Organ Pipes around noon of 29th, and Leslie's at end of 30th .  Khristian 

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25 Feb 2019 18:25 #74678 by AndrewP
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I might be missing something here.

But, if you can get from Organ Pipes to Leslies in a day and a half you will easily get to Bannermans in 1 day not 2. That would mean 6 days to Bannerman...

And, if you need 2 days to get from Leslies to Bannerman, you will be a long way short of Sani on day 9

I would go for a single resupply at Bannerman on day 6 instead of a resupply at each of Organ Pipes and Sani because 2 resupplies double chance of one going wrong. And they do.

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26 Feb 2019 00:36 #74680 by khristiankowalski
Our schedule is based on a similar one from another group who did a 12 trek.  We understand that resupply can go wrong, which is why we will personally do the Sani Pass drop by vehicle.  If we could figure our a second one to do ourselves we would....I read somewhere that one could make a drop with the KZN wildlife offices along g the escarpment but have not figured out how to do that either without a major detour. (Fully open to suggestions)

Indeed we could scrub the idea of two drops in favour of one mid trek drop but we would rather not (is a Bannermans drop any more or less risky than another? )

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26 Feb 2019 02:50 #74681 by intrepid
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I have done two-drop combos at Ntonjelana Pass using the Mnweni guides, and again at Sani (prearranged by vehicle), so consider using the Mnweni guides for that, they are quite used to the idea:
www.maloti-drakensberg.co.za/treasure/amangwane/guides.html
Some of them do know other parts of the Berg and could be used elsewhere but they may have transport issues for some parts of the Berg.

Once you have determined your exact drop-off and dates, you could also see if other hikers are keen to plan their own hiking trip around that and do the re-supply for you.

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27 Feb 2019 01:15 #74687 by khristiankowalski
Hi Intrepid,
great idea - we will check... do you know if there is an email address, as they all seem to be individual and per phone number only.
Khristian

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28 Feb 2019 21:42 #74698 by intrepid
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khristiankowalski wrote: Hi Intrepid,
great idea - we will check... do you know if there is an email address, as they all seem to be individual and per phone number only.
Khristian

Generally SMS or WhatsApp is the best way to initially contact them since they are in and out of cell phone signal. Some of them do have email but it may not be the fastest or most reliable way. I only have Khumbulani's personal email address which I have sent to you on PM.

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