Jan-Mar 2014 Rivers in Flood

22 Feb 2014 20:24 - 22 Feb 2014 20:32 #59724 by tiska
Replied by tiska on topic Jan-Mar 2014 Rivers in Flood
Another photo of the Injisuthi River crossing. Here we made a chain to pass people along. Some of the anchor points on the human chain were touch and go as the flow in the river wasn't constant. The third guy from right plays Super 15 rugby - so we stuck him in the fastest flow. I was safely on the far left, being generally encouraging. The chain worked well. Several children aged 10 and under made it across safely.

There is another way round all of this, but once you've made the 15 minute walk in from the road to the river crossing, its hard to go back and take the long way round.

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23 Feb 2014 22:28 #59737 by ghaznavid

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.


That's pretty hectic! I guess we often need a reminder of why these mountains are called the Dragon. I enjoyed that story :thumbsup:

Mnweni Baths Ghaz?


Not sure if you are making a joke or correcting me - please elaborate...

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24 Feb 2014 01:02 #59738 by Serious tribe
@mtn tiska I remember crossing this river with ST2 just down stream of your pic one february. The water was up to our waists and we had relatively full packs on, after an aborted attempt up Hiltons due to to much rain.

We started at a lower point and moved diagonally up against the flow of the river had to literally force each step, consolidate after a few, get our breath back for a few seconds and then carry on. Were it not for our hiking poles and my total fear of getting my camera gear wet, I think i would have gone swimming that day!

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24 Feb 2014 09:37 #59740 by diverian
Out of interest here is a pic of the Boundary pools crossing at Injesuthi in flood in March 2013 . The wire to assist crossing has actually come adrift and is highlighted in the photo.


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31 Mar 2014 18:51 #60122 by intrepid
Last call for entries into this round. I will give two days grace period, so entries close on April 2nd. Voting closes at then end of April 6th and the winner will be announces on the 7th.
If you haven't done so already, please go to the gallery below and rate each image:
www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/featured-images/rivers-in-flood-jan-mar-2014.html

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04 Apr 2014 11:28 #60197 by intrepid
Entries are now closed, but voting is open till Monday morning when the winner will be announced.

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07 Apr 2014 19:38 - 07 Apr 2014 19:41 #60230 by intrepid
Results (in the gallery order):
Mnweni, March 2013 by hikers delight: 4.24 (5 votes)
Rivers in Flood by Richard Hunt: 4.01 (3 votes)
Mnweni Shower by ghaznavid: 3.6 (4 votes)
Bridge over troubled waters by diverian: 3.74 (4 votes)
Ifidi Flash Flood by Stijn: 3.42 (5 votes)
Injasuthi MarkT: 4.14 (4 votes)

So the winner is "Mnweni, March 2013" by hikers delight, congratulations! :thumbsup:
It does aptly demonstrate what hikers have to deal with in the summer!


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09 Apr 2014 08:30 #60245 by intrepid
According to previous discussions, the theme for the next round is "Perspectives on a peak", meaning a peak is chosen and entries can be any angle on that peak. I think we can have these theme several times, for different peaks. For this round I suggest we go for peaks such as Monk's Cowl or Cathedral Peak. Both offer good views, and the places where they can be seen from different angles are visited fairly often.

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09 Apr 2014 09:12 #60247 by ghaznavid
I vote Monks Cowl

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10 Apr 2014 01:35 #60266 by Serious tribe
Agreed.

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