Friday, 27 December 2013

Sani Pass

Well I want to at least try an keep some form of chronological order to the events, so with that said here is the trip to sani pass I did April 2012.

Well Sani Pass is located between the Lesotho and South African border and consist of a elevation climb of about 1300m, with steep mountain ridges that feature shear drops of over 500m.

The drive up can take a few hours depending on how bad the road is, as there is a tendency for it to be washed away(like which happened with us). It also gets really cold when you reach the top like really cold. Once you reach the top you're greeted with a sign like the following.

Then you have to go to customs, at least you should since I don't think they actually check nor care with you smuggle in anything. You just walk in they stamp you walk out, that's it. And to the left of customs there is a small establishment, or should I say the highest pub in Africa. Just a note a double the pub is by far not very cheap, if I remember correctly I paid R80 for a double whiskey, I was told this is due to them having to import all the alcohol from South-Africa and because of this the only beer you're only allowed to buy is local to support them.  

While there we stayed in a dorm room type chalet about 1.5km from the pub, with 4 rooms and a living room that features a fireplace, the communal toilets, showers and cooking place was located at the end, and there was no gender separation so there was 3 showers 3 toilets open to all sexes. 

The nights at Sani gets damn cold, leaving the poorly insulated dorm rooms results in a sudden realisations that one should not leave the dorm room. Anyway walking through the frigid cold to the pub and entering the well insulted pub is one of the best feelings. Being duped into a secret meal not so much

Monday, 23 December 2013

The Beginning

I guess in someway I should explain things - although bear with me if this does occasionally sound like the ravings of a mad man - I'm not entirely new to exploring and will try and talk about my most recent experiences, but things took a drastic turn of the better when at the start of the year 2013.

During my studies at the University of Pretoria I joined the dance club for some extra activities, since kinda doing nothing is somewhat depressing, as if you lack purpose and having purpose changes the way to world looks. Every time after dance class when I head to my car, I would look over the a group a rock climbers scaling the wall on the sports campus. I always wanted to try that but never had the time - at least that what I kept telling myself - So one day I just walked over stood there and looked at everyone climbing. 

As I was standing there a guy walked over asked if I wanted to climb, I just responded with "Uhmm ye OK", before I knew it was strapped in and told to go ahead and climb. Looked simple enough just go straight up, after climbing three routes my forearms were so pumps I couldn't grip the steering wheel on my junker, but I had a rush it felt good, it felt exhilarating, I joined the club called the MCSA(Mountain Club South Africa - Maggalies Section). I thought that was it to climbing, just climb these training walls, well no turns out they're called training walls for a reason.

Soon before I knew it I was going places I've never heard of climbing stuff, every weekend was a different adventure, and not all of it climbing, climbing was just a reason to go. Later I heard most people in the club also go scuba diving, so guess what 2014 im going to get my PADI and start diving as well. But beyond the adventuring was the friends that I made a bunch of the foreigners with a thick accent.

And today I was suppose to be in Swaziland, but things don't always go according to plan and you know what thats ok, there will be other opportunities. So with that said this blog will feature a lot of climbing but I wont limit it to that.