My Drakensberg, My Pride: Oct-Dec 2016

31 Dec 2016 08:36 - 04 Jan 2017 07:38 #70472 by elinda
I discovered the beauty and grandeur of the Drakensberg relatively late as I only started hiking about 16 years ago. Up till then I knew nothing of these mountains and had not even camped or enjoyed walks at any of the KZN Parks Board camps. I was very much a city dweller and spent my weekends looking after my girls and visiting shopping malls. All this changed as they grew up and spent their time with friends over weekends - I needed something I could really engage in and become passionate about. I was drawn to the outdoors even though I had not experienced this growing up and decided to join the Mountain Backpackers Club in Durban. From my very first day hike I was hooked! From day hikes to overnights in caves and then multi day hikes to Grand Traverses, this love and passion for these majestic and awe inspiring mountains has never left me and they are indeed my spiritual home. All the problems and pettiness of day to day living fall away and I am totally immersed in the tranquility and peace of nature and mountain - I return to daily life refreshed in mind albeit the body is a bit tired and sore, but healthily so!
My entry is one taken on our last hike up Mponjwane Pass ( see link here - www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/11-drakensberg-passes/56169-mponjwane-pass.html#70406 ) and is the view looking South over the Rockeries from the Rockeries Tower. It was taken at the end of a long and epic day and to me perfectly encapsulates why my Drakensberg continuously calls and fills me with so much joy and wonder.



www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/image.raw?view=image&type=orig&id=1516


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Last edit: 04 Jan 2017 07:38 by elinda.
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31 Dec 2016 09:31 - 31 Dec 2016 09:43 #70473 by Richard Hunt
Nice Photo Elinda.... I see a problem with the colors. This photo on the forum is very overexposed...on the gallery the exposure is too dark and when enlarged on the gallery the exposure is correct....I wonder why?
Also Stukaman your photo is great, maybe put in on the forum so everyone can see it...the viewers must enlarge it to get the full picture as its a PANORAMA.
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31 Dec 2016 11:33 - 04 Jan 2017 08:31 #70474 by Macc
Fallen Soldiers



http://www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/featured-images/my-drakensberg-my-pride-oct-dec-2016/fallen-soldiers-1517.html

Better late than never...

Taken my mine and Viking's climb of Giant's Castle in June, whilst hiking up the slopes to the start of Schole's route. This picture is the closest I've ever got to capturing, in a photo, how majestic the berg is to me. Also taught me how important clouds are in berg photography.

Can be found on the topic Climbing Scholes' Route on Giant's Castle

"The three rules of mountaineering: It’s always further, taller and harder than it looks."

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31 Dec 2016 13:55 - 31 Dec 2016 13:59 #70475 by diverian
The sense of pride and achievement we felt when topping out on Bannermans Pass after a very difficult winter ascent.



This is Silverthorne taking the last few steps.

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31 Dec 2016 19:35 - 05 Jan 2017 16:14 #70478 by Rhinoandhedgehog
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03 Jan 2017 22:06 - 04 Jan 2017 01:15 #70495 by intrepid
Thanks everyone for your responses and entries.

Not everyone has fulfilled the criteria and requirements for entries yet. Remember that there must be an entry on this thread and a corresponding picture posted in the applicable gallery. As it is, there are entries on this thread but not in the gallery (where the voting takes place), and vice versa. Remember too that the entry must be clearly linked to a write-up, and there must be a qualifying description of the significance that the photo has to you. There are 5 entries that qualify properly so far, which meets our minimum number of entries. I will give a chance for all other entrants to fully qualify their entries by Sunday, January 8th, after which they will be disqualified from the round. No new entries are allowed however. The rules are there simply to keep the competition fair and objective, since there is a real prize involved.

Voting closes January 15th.

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
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16 Jan 2017 19:24 #70651 by intrepid
Thank you to all that participated in this round! And the results are...
Fallen Soldiers by Macc 3.71 (7 votes)
Dramatic Splendour by elinda 4.09 (8 votes)
My Pinnacle Rock by Sterkhorn 3.44 (8 votes)
On the Shoulder of Giants by ghaznavid 3.21 (9 votes)
Home away from Home by Stijn 3.80 (8 votes)

The winner is Dramatic Splendour by elinda, congratulations and I hope you enjoy your stay at Cambalala Hut as the prize, courtesy of KZN Secion MCSA!




Prize sponsored by the KZN Section of the Mountain Club of South Africa

The KwaZulu-Natal Section of the Mountain Club of South Africa is a club established in 1919 and run by its members for the purposes of promoting mountain related activities. These activities include hiking, traditional and sport rock climbing, ice-climbing and mountaineering, search and rescue, conservation, national meets, international expeditions and monthly social functions.

The KZN section has a long history of involvement in the Drakensberg, from pioneering hiking and rock-climbing routes, building and restoring mountain huts to aiding in Conservation projects and the annual and historic July Camp. One of the most important roles that the KZN section fulfils is to provide, via official provincial mandate, technical search and rescue capabilities to the Drakensberg area.

The official objectives of the KZN section are:

- Organise and facilitate mountaineering and climbing.

- Procure and protect rights and access to mountains and mountain areas.

- Initiate and support actions towards the conservation and management of mountain areas.

- Promote the safety and training of mountaineers and climbers.

- Organise search and rescue parties.

- Promote the study of mountains and their environment, the preservation of historical and archaeological sites on them and the dissemination of information on mountains and mountaineering.

For more information on joining the club or a meet, visit their website or Facebook page or give them a follow on Instagram @mcsa_kzn.

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
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17 Jan 2017 08:33 #70654 by Viking
Congrats Elinda and everyone else! Great photo's all round.
Elinda please contact me via email at "carldreyer5 at gmail dot com" to discuss the prize.

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”
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