Month: Dec 2010

The Bell Traverse – A 3 day hike – December 2010

The Bell Traverse Jude and Mark, a young couple from Calgary, Canada, contacted us last November for a hike in the High Berg. They had a broad hiking experienced in the Rocky Mountains and the Andes so they were keen for something ambitious. I suggested The Bell Traverse. This is one of the most popular hikes in the Drakensberg and for many the most beautiful of all. However, an above…

Giant’s Castle – A 3 day hike – December 2010

The effort rewarded. Amazing views of the Long Wall. Last December 2010, I was asked to guide a group of hikers to the top of Giant's Castle, at 3314m the 10th highest point in the Drakensberg Mountains. The peak gives name to the Giants Castle area in the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. The hike was planned as a 3 day return trip. This way you only have to carry your backpack to…

Trailblazing in the battlefields (Tugela River)

[caption id="attachment_1101" align="aligncenter" width="534" caption="Typical geology of these eastern highlands: sandstone buttresses sculptered into curious castles by the wind and rain ."][/caption] Kwazulu-Natal is reknowned for having some of the most superb trails and mtb-ing routes in the country. The best part is that many of them are right at my doorstep or not too far afield and keep me more than satisified during the 'in between the long distance bike trips' . Last weekend 18…

First time riders

Most school leavers in SA head off for a week of drunken debauchery at the seaside town of Ballito or Margate. Not Timia. Just yesterday she finished her final exam of her school career and today at 5:30 am together with friends Keegan and Daniel, they set off on an pedal powered adventure to Cape Town. A trip that will no doubt have a profound impact on the way they see the world from…