Escarpment Vistas 2019

28 Jan 2020 06:26 #75632 by intrepid
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I would like encourage some more contributions to this category to make the competitor base more diverse.

I have added another entry called "Crisp". I love the sharp contrast that this odd remainder of snow creates against the brown winter landscape. Shot taken along the Ifidi Buttress. That happens to be me in the shot, but the camera is mine and its one of the rare occasions that I hand over the camera to someone else and land up in the shot.
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28 Jan 2020 08:32 #75634 by ghaznavid
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Seeing as you are short of entries - here's 3 from me. None of these entries are 2019 photos - I didn't see a year criteria in the rules, but if they have to be 2019 photos, please go ahead and delete my entries.

The Mighty Elephant

It isn't exactly a secret that this is my favourite spot in the Berg is the Elephant Gully/Cockade Pass. The only spot in the range I have seen that can compete with it, in my opinion, is around the top of Hilton Pass ("the magic valley", as I call it). This photo was taken in December 2014 - my first time doing the pass. It was a few weeks after having been rescued off Bollard Pass, so my headspace was terrible - not helped by my brother's comment (he was getting married the next weekend) "what must we do if you die, do we cancel the wedding?" - which I replied "obviously not" :lol:

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Good Morning Dragon

The Injisuthi Triplets are spectacular at the worst of times, so it is always special in the fiery glow of the morning. This was taken in 2016 when we hiked the Injiusthi Buttresses going up Bannerman Pass and down Around the Corner Pass - in my defense, Mafadi via Langalibalele Pass is only about 5km further than via Leslies, so this was an entirely logical route :lol:


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The Vast Vastness

Seeing as everyone keeps posting Mnweni photos, here's mine. Ifidi Peak in the early morning light is one of my favourite sights in the Drakensberg. With spiky peaks everywhere, it is a hard view to beat! This was taken on a hike in July 2016 on which I did my 150th khulu coinciding with my teammate's 100th khulu (specifically timed so his 100th was also my 150th). It was a bit of a strange line in the end, including Mount Amery and Namahadi - but was a memorable hike indeed!


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Ps. before someone remarks "you say that's one of your favourite views about every second peak in the range", I would like to remind said critic that the Drakensberg is awesome and thus this is a defensible statement...

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28 Jan 2020 20:14 #75637 by intrepid
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Seeing as you are short of entries - here's 3 from me. None of these entries are 2019 photos - I didn't see a year criteria in the rules, but if they have to be 2019 photos, please go ahead and delete my entries.

Thanks for adding more entries! We don't have any time-based criteria currently as it just made it even harder for people to submit entries.

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28 Jan 2020 22:46 - 28 Jan 2020 22:58 #75639 by Nicolaas
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Let me also throw in a few more photos.
Like Ghaz, I will start off with a photo at the top of Cockade pass, looking over the Xeni cutback. My photo was taken in afternoon light, which created a shadowy silhouette of a large part of the Cathedral range.

Valley of mysteries
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The following photo was taken earlier that day, from the well-known viewpoint on the south side of Cleft peak. I now fully understand the word uKhahlamba!

Barrier of Spears
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My final photo is a classic black and white, and was taken in a March trip to Mafadi. Rain caught me in the afternoon of the second day hiking, which meant that I camped on a small and flat grassy spot on the back of the Trojan. The next day, I awoke to a sea of clouds over the lower Drakensberg. A sight we are greeted with só very often. At the top of the Trojan wall, I stood in awe!

A sea of clouds
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30 Jan 2020 12:39 #75646 by vivo101
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This was the moment that led to my significant other to fall in-love with the Drakensberg. The sunrise over Cathkin , taken on a 4-day traverse from Cathedral Peak to Monks Cowl.

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"To those who are enthralled by mountains, their wonder is beyond all dispute. To those who are not, their allure is a kind of madness." - Mountain

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30 Jan 2020 12:59 #75647 by vivo101
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"Best Seat In The House"

Just had to sit and enjoy the view of the Trojan Wall and Triplets for a moment, on a 2-day fast-packing mission to summit Mafadi. Going fast and light means I rarely take pictures, but I always have a personal photographer at hand. Posted with the permission of all parties involved.

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30 Jan 2020 13:12 #75648 by vivo101
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"Cathedral Candles"

The last rays of daylight lighting up the peaks of the Cathedral range, it made me think of candles in the chandeliers of a vast Cathedral. Taken during a witch-hunt for a "snow" weekend and spending a windy night in Easter Cave. Posted with permission of parties involved. 

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30 Jan 2020 17:03 - 30 Jan 2020 17:04 #75651 by GetaPix
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A Clear Promise

As with any moment in the Berg..it comes and goes without Notice or Flair. You cant wait for it nor can you plan it. We shoot what we get and either record it on camera or in our visionary eye. Sharing these moments humbles us all in to appreciating the Berg so much more as though we cant be there all the time...at least here we can Tap in to every other avid Hikers own experience of the berg and be reminded of the Beauty of the berg.



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31 Jan 2020 06:45 #75654 by intrepid
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Love the photos and the words, thanks to everyone that has submitted entries, they totally capture the "Essence of the Dragon"!

Today is the last day for entries in all 3 current categories.

A reminder that Escarpment Vistas and the Open Category have prizes for the winner this year. Richard Hunt, who has been an active VE member for longer than 6 years, has kindly sponsored his new book as the prize.



 

ABOUT THE BOOK
The Spirit of the Drakensberg takes the reader on an evocative journey through the mountains. The twelve chapters are based on the demarcated Ezimvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife areas– a unique approach that informs the reader of the highlights and dramatic scenery waiting to be discovered in each particular section of the Berg.  It took Richard Hunt six years to capture these Mountains in their changing moods and seasons; enticing one to take to the footpaths, if only from an armchair perspective,  to enjoy the spectacular beauty that unfolds, page by page. The photographs are contextualised by succinct captions, allowing one to share Richard Hunt’s passion for this ancient mountain range, and recognising its deep spirituality and endless lure.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
KwaZulu-Natal born and bred, Richard Hunt grew up in Mooi River. With the mighty Drakensberg Mountains constantly in sight, his visual sense was honed by their shape, form and endlessly changing beauty. Richard Hunt has a farming background, which connects him in many ways to the earth and fuels his deep love for nature conservation. Wilderness areas have always called him but he only discovered phtography in his later years, capturing magnificent landscape images during his monthly forays into the mountains. His vast collection of quality photographs depicting the entire Drakensberg range provides an unprecedented overview of the region.

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31 Jan 2020 08:44 #75656 by Riaang
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Jislaaik guys,

You are making it basically impossible to focus on work today with posting such awesome pictures!!!

The mountains are calling, I need to get there soon :-)

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