Mafadi with Driekie and Riaan – May 2011
Driekie and Riaan had visited the Drakensberg many times before and done a few challenging day hikes but they had never backpacked and been in the High Berg in the past. They had visited the Injisuthi Area before and knew that Mafadi, South Africa’s highest point, was somewhere up there not far from the top of Leslie’s Pass. It was time to go for it. But nothing could prepare them for that steep climb up the pass, not to mention the unexpected high winds that we would encounter on top. It’s so easy to underestimate the Drakensberg… However, even though it was probably the toughest 4 days they had ever been through, I knew they had what was needed and they managed just fine. It’s hard to forget that close look at the Dragon, its changing moods and its indescribable beauty.
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|Along the unending and tedious boulder-hopping section between Marble Baths and the base of Leslie’s Pass, our first overnight spot.|
|The start of the second day, along the first metres of Leslie’s Pass. Finally we were on a path again. The maze had been left behind.|
|Leslie’s Pass clearly on sight. It’s the grassy slope on the left hand side of the spur in the middle of the picture.|
|Looking back down the Injisuthi Valley from the top of the first ridge .|
|This is the small shelf on Mafadi where we usually have a rest to keep out of the wind. This time it hardly provided any shelter, so it was a short break.|
|A close-up of the Injisuthi Triplets. From left to Right: Eastern Injisuthi Triplet and Western Injisuthi Triplet. The Middle Injisuthi Triplet is out of sight tucked in between the other 2.|
|A close-up of the Lesser Injisuthi Buttress (left) and the Greater Injisuthi Buttress (right).|
|Another panoramic shot with the sun much higher up. Leslie’s Pass is just visible, between Scaly Peak and the Molar.|
|Another close-up shot of the Injisuthi Triplets. The Middle one is nowhere to be seen yet. Injisuthi Summit Cave is on the top grassy slope on the left hand side of the Eastern Triplet.|
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