Jan-Mar 2014 Rivers in Flood

19 Feb 2014 20:32 #59713 by intrepid
This is the official thread for the Jan-Mar 2014 photo competition. Theme: Rivers in Flood

I have the impression that the rains have not been that great this year, and give the lateness of announcing the topic too, the photos will not be limited to the actual time period.

This is the gallery for uploading the images:
www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/featured-images/rivers-in-flood-jan-mar-2014.html

When you submit an entry, please post a low res version of the picture on this thread, giving a bit of background on the shot, and also include a link to your photo in the gallery (ie upload the pic first and get the link before posting to this thread). This will alert readers to you photo and by providing more information, you can stimulate more interest and win votes that way.

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21 Feb 2014 13:46 #59714 by MarkT
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From Injasuthi heading up towards Marble Baths, the river crossing on the lower path is fairly crazy. There is a steel cable covered with plastic going across, but it's in a very poor location.

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21 Feb 2014 14:53 #59715 by Stijn
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Terrible photo but I like the story :) In January 2004, we set off up Ifidi Pass from Cycad Cave on a beautifully clear morning. We found it tough (and our packs heavy) and eventually made it to the upper gully at about 2pm with an ominous storm brewing. Once we had passed the first scramble, it started raining, so we decided to have lunch under a shallow overhang in the side of the gully. Needless to say, within 10 minutes the bone-dry gully had a river flowing down it. Within 30 minutes there were waterfalls cascading down the side walls (visible at the top of the image) and the gully was a raging torrent. Unable (or unwilling) to attempt the next scramble in those conditions, we clambered up on the ledge we were on as high as possible and sat out the storm for the next 3 hours. There was still a waterfall on the next scramble when we finally made our escape, but it was getting dark and the next storm was rolling in. Surprisingly the rock still had a decent amount of friction so we were able to get to the top of the pass and set-up camp for a well-deserved rest!

www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/featured-images/rivers-in-flood-jan-mar-2014/842-ifidi-flash-flood.html

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The following user(s) said Thank You: ghaznavid, Guardian

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21 Feb 2014 15:14 - 21 Feb 2014 15:17 #59716 by diverian
March 2013 The Delmhlwazini river at Injesuthi in flood. Quite scary to cross knowing that this new bridge had replaced one washed away about 2 years before in a storm and flash flood.


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21 Feb 2014 15:34 #59717 by elinda
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Very dramatic photo Stijn! Having been up Ifidi Pass in much fairer weather, I can appreciate this!! :ohmy:

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21 Feb 2014 16:28 #59718 by ghaznavid
My entry:


It was a tough call, but due to an event of 20 minutes ago, it had to be this one.

My story:

In October/November last year I had taken a month leave from work (not so easy when you are self employed), that included hiking, climbing and wargaming as well. The reason - preparation for my final board exam to become a chartered accountant.

At the same time Stijn was arranging a hike at Mnweni. So I signed up for the hike, and the full story is at www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/drakensberg-trips/55480-mnweni-the-tale-of-two-hikes.html?start=10


This is the Mnweni Pools - they were so flooded that you could feel the spray while walking over that wooden bridge!

But anyway - the reason its relevant now is that exam results got released 20 minutes ago :woohoo:

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21 Feb 2014 16:37 #59719 by tiska
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Mnweni Baths Ghaz?

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21 Feb 2014 16:58 #59720 by tiska
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From Injasuthi heading up towards Marble Baths, the river crossing on the lower path is fairly crazy. There is a steel cable covered with plastic going across, but it's in a very poor location.


Hi MarkT. Where on earth (or in river) is that cable? I have struggled across this river many a time without seeing it.....

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21 Feb 2014 17:48 - 21 Feb 2014 17:50 #59721 by MarkT
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I don't have the GPS location of the cable unfortunately... but from the Injasuthi road you get onto the path before the bridge, and follow it as far as you can go upstream along the river until you literally won't be able to make any more progress. Here is a picture of the cable itself: imgur.com/j7fvxHu

You can see there is another tributary flowing into the main river at that point. Maybe Google Earth will assist in finding the spot.

I don't recommend the cable though unless the water is really low!
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21 Feb 2014 21:31 #59722 by Sterkhorn
@mnt_tiska
It is situated at the main crossing of the river. I first noticed it in March last year. It was not there in June 2012.
It would have made more sense putting it higher up river (where the person is crossing in MarkT's picture).

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