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General => About South Africa... => Topic started by: Trygve Roberts on December 11, 2014, 10:03:43 am

Title: Swartberg Pass
Post by: Trygve Roberts on December 11, 2014, 10:03:43 am
To all of you fortunate enough to be able to take leave in December, we wish you safe travelling and a fantastic Christmas with your families.

This month we are featuring our Top 10 SA passes and today it's the turn of the fabulous Swartberg Pass, which we have covered in a 3 part video. Enjoy!

http://mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za/news.html (http://mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za/news.html)
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: arno on December 11, 2014, 10:38:30 am
You make my day !
My will requests that my ashes be left on Swartberg Pass.
But before that I am going to cycle , bike and drive it plenty of times.
Have cycled it at least 30 times . Did not count bike rides and drives .
I like your stuff thank you !
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: White Rhino on December 11, 2014, 10:48:47 am
I'll be there in 10 days time - can't wait!!!
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: Kobus on December 11, 2014, 02:08:14 pm
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Have cycled it at least 30 times

Hoping to make it to Droë Waterval without stopping in the next few weeks.
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: arno on December 11, 2014, 08:11:25 pm
Tot by Droe Waterval is die steilste , word beter daarna .
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: Trygve Roberts on December 12, 2014, 12:28:14 pm
You make my day !
My will requests that my ashes be left on Swartberg Pass.
But before that I am going to cycle , bike and drive it plenty of times.
Have cycled it at least 30 times . Did not count bike rides and drives .
I like your stuff thank you !
You make my day !
My will requests that my ashes be left on Swartberg Pass.
But before that I am going to cycle , bike and drive it plenty of times.
Have cycled it at least 30 times . Did not count bike rides and drives .
I like your stuff thank you !

Likewise! When we get comments like this, it motivates us enormously to keep improving on the quality of what we produce.
Many thanks!
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: Gertjie Grondpad on December 27, 2014, 07:45:07 pm
What a pass!! Did it again last Sunday, thanks for the link...
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: Gertjie Grondpad on December 27, 2014, 07:47:14 pm
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Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: Winston on December 27, 2014, 10:05:39 pm
Swartbergpas is not a technical challenge but there is something magic about it. Everytime I ride it the enjoyment factor is high.
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: Winston on December 27, 2014, 10:07:42 pm
Swartbergpas is not a technical challenge but there is something magic about it. Everytime I ride it the enjoyment factor is high.
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: Coxwain on December 28, 2014, 07:45:05 am
Ridden that pass many times and it never fails to delight me. I rate it as the best pass in S.A.
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: Stofdonkie on December 28, 2014, 09:16:35 am
Has anyone else been from the top of the pass, along that twee spoor, all the way to Meiringspoort?
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: arno on January 02, 2015, 08:18:43 pm
Vriende van my het dit met bergfietse gedoen . Dit het hulle n gag gevat en baie gestap . Die 2spoor is redelik tot by die stappershut daarna sleg .
Dis wat ek weet .
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: poenerhoes on January 04, 2015, 08:22:48 pm
Dankie Trygve vir die wonderlike werk wat jy doen met die talle prag videos en inligting oor die passe van SA. Dit word opreg waarder deur ons bike en buitelewe entoesiaste daar buite, mens kan nie anders as om net te wil wegvlieg met ons speelgoed na die wonderlike passe regoor ons mooi land nie. Thomas Bain was voorwaar n baie spesiale man wat ons talle mooi paaie nagelaat het om te geniet.

Dankie Trygve en Thomas ons geniet elke bergpas terdee :thumleft:

Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: Stofdonkie on January 05, 2015, 08:04:42 am
Dankie Trygve en Thomas ons geniet elke bergpas terdee :thumleft:



Moet net nie van Thomas se pa vergeet nie - jy ry oor al sy passe om by die laaitie se werk te kom.
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: Hagar on January 05, 2015, 11:04:46 am
Has anyone else been from the top of the pass, along that twee spoor, all the way to Meiringspoort?

Laaste boer aan Meiringspoort se kant baie moeilik.
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: poenerhoes on January 05, 2015, 11:06:16 am
Dankie Trygve en Thomas ons geniet elke bergpas terdee :thumleft:



Moet net nie van Thomas se pa vergeet nie - jy ry oor al sy passe om by die laaitie se werk te kom.

Of course, with a dad like Andrew Geddes Bain, chances are you’ll end up with a measure of road-building expertise. AG Bain was a saddler and then a soldier in the Eastern Cape town of Graaff-Reinet, a southern African explorer and a fossil hunter. He was also known as the ‘father of South African geology’ and supervised the building of eight mountain passes in the old Cape Colony of Queen Victoria’s time.

His son Thomas (1830-1893) took the reins from AG and went on to build 24 mountain passes, thereby opening up access between the Cape and the rest of Africa.

Title: Re: Swartberg Pass
Post by: Trygve Roberts on January 15, 2015, 12:26:23 pm
Thanks guys for all the wonderful comments. As I have worked through this project and the 400 odd passes I have come to regard Thomas Bain as my personal hero. To have my name included in the same sentence as his, is one moer of a compliment.

Andrew Bain emigrated to SA from Scotland and played a major role in SA's road building beginnings. He too was a clever and innovative man, who taught his son Thomas much of what he knew. It's easy to confuse the other famous Bain, with these two, who was a well known artist. Andrew Bain was indeed the father of SA geology and he figured it all out for himself. A self taught man with little education, but he had, what we call "kop".

He (Andrew) arrived in SA aged 19 and married within 2 years, siring a string of daughters and 3 sons. Thomas was the middle of the 3 sons and went on to eclipse his father's name by a considerable margin.

Those early efforts at road building went a long way towards progress and opening of routes into the interior, which had an impact far greater than we realize.

Enjoy this incredible heritage of ours. Stop along the passes and check out their pioneering workmanship. Thomas was working on four passes in the cape at the same time at one stage - overseeing all of them and travelling on horseback. these passes were hundreds of km apart - Like Vanrhynspass (featured here: http://bit.ly/1xsgz4H (http://bit.ly/1xsgz4H)); Cogmanskloof (Montagu), Verlatenkloof (Sutherland) and Garcia (Riversdale). He slept in the bush and lived off the land and travelled alone for months at a time.

I doff my hat to this great engineer.