Berg Alert 2016
The attackers were caught and one or more received the death penalty which dates the event. The attack obviously could not be connected with this one under discussion. But the tactics were identical.
Attacks seem rare to non existent in caves because that predictability does not exist.
My friend, Brendon Ferrar and I were in this area Wednesday 20th April 2016 . I had a day run from Sentinel Car Park and then down Rockeries while Brendon carried on and completed the DGT in a very respectable 92 hours ( approx Brendon needs to confirm exact time )
We didn't have any incidents on day 1 but Brendon did tell me that he was hassled a few times after day 1. He is a man few words but I will try some more info
@Richard: if you know any members of this group, please can you ask them for a full statement?
Richard Hunt wrote: During February 2016 the 15/16th a hiking party near Madonna & Her Worshippers also had their flysheet ripped off, mesh cut open and an attempt to roll tent with goods stolen....this happened during the first quarter moon so probably light enough for them to see.
Since it is has come up, here is more detail on the 1987 incident that Tiska was referring to:
And a report on one of the more publicised Giant's Castle incidents from Easter 2005:
There was also an incident at Giants Castle in September 2004 in which similar tactics were used.
Bear in mind that some details are disturbing and I don't wish indulge the trauma of these cases in a negative way. They are grim facts we need to be aware of however.
Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
Hi Stephen, my digital VHF radio (Icom) has a frequency range of 136-174 Hz, I used it for when I still did paragliding, and I can listen in to what Cape Town Port Control is doing . So I was thinking if you would be so kind as to give me a frequency I could use for an emergency, that would be great. The range is good, typically 20 to 30km so it should (hopefully) work. It would make the world of difference to us and also potentially aid in apprehending the suspects. Just a thought. Thanks, Adrian
It's not clear exactly where in the valley below Fangs Pass Jody and his group were camping, but if you assume it was around Madonna and Her Worshippers, and you were 300 m from Mbundini Pass you were within 1.5 km of where the attack occurred. If it was more opposite Fangs Pass where they were camping it is about 3 km from where you were. Scary that Richard Hunt mentions an almost identical 'unreported' attack in that same area a few months ago.