My Favourite Camping Spot!

25 Jun 2020 05:43 - 29 Jan 2021 06:19 #75858 by intrepid
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2020 Annual Category
Theme: My Favourite Camping Spot!
Criteria: show us where you love to camp in the Berg, be it in a tent or a cave.
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No. of entries per member: 3
Start date: immediate
Last submission date: 15 February 2021
Last voting date/closing date: to be announced

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Last edit: 29 Jan 2021 06:19 by intrepid. Reason: Extended submission date

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22 Jan 2021 06:16 #76450 by intrepid
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Bumping this for some entries.

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24 Jan 2021 16:10 #76453 by elinda
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We awoke to a light dusting of snow and soft early morning light over the Mnweni Pinnacles.......a magical campsite!

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29 Jan 2021 06:19 #76465 by intrepid
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I've extended the submission deadline to Feb 15 to allow for more entries.

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29 Jan 2021 12:00 - 02 Feb 2021 10:19 #76468 by Serious tribe

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29 Jan 2021 15:40 - 29 Jan 2021 15:46 #76472 by ASL
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The view from Ledgers never dissapoints!

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29 Jan 2021 18:56 #76473 by ASL
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better image from Ledgers Cave!

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14 Feb 2021 01:47 #76503 by intrepid
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I think one of my favourite camping areas would undoubtedly be in the general area of the Black and Tan Wall on the escarpment, looking across at the Pinnacles. I do lack good photos depicting camping there however. So I began to dig into photos of some of my climbing trips. Often these involve bivvy spots in unusual spots which can be very rewarding, even if you never actually return there again.

My entry is called Sunshine on Singati , which is named after the write-up I did in 2013 for a climbing trip in which we climbed the Singati Arete of the Eastern Buttress, and descended Kelly's Route on the other side. It was the perfect traverse across the peak, and one which has probably not been done before. The Singati Arete is very spectacular. The night before we hiked up Lion Ridge from RNNP, a good part of this being in total darkness. We bivvied on a flat spot on the ridge (special permission was obtained from the RNNP manager since normally you are not permitted to overnight in RNNP like this). That night AndrewP still heroically descended very far down into a gully to fetch water. We woke up to a grand view of the Eastern Buttress. The ridge in the photo is roughly where the Lion Heart route goes up. The Singati Arete is on the left hand skyline not visible in this shot.


We spent 2 nights at that spot. In the words of my write up at the time:

It was one of those unforgettable trips, perfect weather, spectacular climbing and a very memorable traverse route. Not all Berg climbing trips work out that way, but when they do you walk away with vivid memories and moments that are not easily forgotten. The sun continues to shine in my memories of Singati!


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16 Feb 2021 04:47 #76512 by intrepid
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Entries are now closed, thanks for everyone who participated. This time we are going to determine the winner through a voting system among the moderators and will announce the winner in due course.

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26 Feb 2021 07:46 #76564 by intrepid
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We have decided on a winner, and it is:
www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/essence-of-the-dragon/my-favourite-camping-spot-2020/hidden-valley-i-1839.htm

Well done to ST for capturing a great shot with good lighting and of course the clever little trick of lighting up the tents inside too! B)

Thank you to all who submitted entries!

If anyone has any ideas for themes for the current year, you can let us know here on this thread.

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