Wild Dog Adventure Riding

Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Minxy on July 22, 2018, 12:30:24 am

Title: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on July 22, 2018, 12:30:24 am
"What, another Kaokoland RR?!"

Yip, in the making!

I thought I'd start this RR early, as there is so much hard work that goes into just making a trip like this happen. After more than a months planning, things are finally falling into place and we will be departing on Wednesday the 25th of July via Botswana to Hentiesbaai, Namibia where our trip starts.

The Motivation

Last year in September I had the privilege of being a finalist who embarked on the Honda Quest, an event that saw 20 riders navigate Northern Namibia on the new Honda Africa Twin. When riding between the exotic, tall palm trees on the Kunene river trail right up along the border of Angola, I knew I would have to come back here and show this incredible, out of this world place to the person who matters the most to me in my life. An option presented itself, quite early on. A trip with Specialised Adventures! We were seconds away from booking and then disaster struck... HSK's passport had expired :( We thought, ok... Lets join for the September 2018 trip. Again, a message from Hardy on the forum mentioned that the September trip has been canceled (this has since been revised), but it had us thinking... Why don't we just go on our own? No support, no backup, just us. A romantic Kaokoland adventure? Hmmmm

"Just the two of us
We can make it if we try
Just the two of us
(Just the two of us)
Building castles in the sky
Just the two of us
You and I"

Wow that song is sooo cheesy! Enough of that :laughing4:

The Route:

This took a considerable amount of hours to put together. I cannot thank Hardy, Xpat, MaxthePanda, Johnny Wildwood and Johannes (a rider from Quest and elephant expert) enough for their inputs and advice regarding the route. We seem to have just the right mix of scenic, epic, extreme and fun to look forward too, with just a tad of afkak, ok actually quite a lot of afkak, but that is what makes it an adventure! ;D

Day 1 - Hentiesbaai, Omaruru Riverbed to Uis for fuel then to Brandberg White Lady Lodge. 194km
Day 2 - White Lady Lodge to Twyfelfontein via Quest route and Huab Riverbed to Palmwag. 197km
Day 3 - Palmwag to Opuwo. We are taking a lovely detour through the Otjitheka Trail going through Klein Serengheti and the Khowarib Schlucht. 298km
Day 4 - Opuwo to Epupa Falls via Kunene River Trail 221km
Day 5 - Rest Day
Day 6 - Epupa Falls to Van Zyls Camp 145km
Day 7 - Van Zyls Camp over the pass and up in the Marienfluss to Camp Syncro 84.5km
Day 8 - Here's where we may change things up a bit as we are not in a huge rush and can extend the trip by a day or two. Either we have a rest day, or we take an alternative route past Bloudrom & Rooidrom to Marble Camp. If there's plenty of daylight, and if we have energy left... Hoarusib riverbed road to Puros. +- 205km
Day 9 - Puros to Palmwag via the Puros Canyon and Hoanib Riverbed. 280km
Day 10 - Palmwag to Ugab Rhinocamp. We'll be doing the Valley of Desolation trail here. If all goes well we will push on to Henties, otherwise stay at the Rhinocamp. 318km
Day 11/12 - Play in the dunes near Swakopmund. I have always wanted to ride up Dune 2, so hope we have time to tick this bucket list item.

The Rides:

2016 Husqvarna 701 Enduro

My weapon of choice! This really is the "next best thing" if you don't have an adventurised 500 that is... It is a bike I enjoy immensely, lightweight and nimble. I have been racing it in the Dualsport class at the Farmjam series this year and this bike has also carried me through some pretty crazy passes in Lesotho. It is a bike that I know and it is a bike that I'm comfortable with.

(https://s5.postimg.cc/y4xa8v67r/34366837_10156455184786972_1241507816426962944_o.jpg)

Modifications done for the trip (I already had spotlights and crashbars/pannier frames fitted):

- Michelin Desert mousses with Michelin Desert Race front tyre and Dunlop D908 rear.
- Underseat tank 6L
- Suspension tweaked by Hilton Hayward to accommodate extra luggage and fuel to be carried.
- GPS added.

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Suspension tweak

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Underseat tank, got this nifty tank from Flyingbrick and installed by Offroadcycles.


2008 KTM 690 Rally Factory Replica

HSK will conveniently be riding this incredible machine, which was purposefully built in the classic African Dakar glory days for terrain almost exactly like what we planning to do :P
It takes 36L of fuel with a range of nearly 500km (terrain dependent of course), has incredible suspension and he literally didn't have to do a thing in terms of modifying the bike to get it ready for the trip.
A basic service was done as well as suspension tweak and added mousses. We also switched his shiny new fuel tanks to the older ones from my bike. See image of badassery below:

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Yes you are seeing double!

The Riders

Minxy and Hondsekierie, or just HSK, it's easier to type :P

We've done quite a bit of traveling together over the last few years. I've been riding for just about 5 years and HSK... well many more than that :D
Being a biking couple has many advantages, like sharing the same tent, towl, soap, shampoo, the list goes on ::) It definitely makes for easier packing arrangements :imaposer:
It can also be hard work though, as we have to pick each other up when times get tough and compensate for each others weaknesses. This is not going to be an easy trip, and I have no doubt we will be put to the test. Anyway, all that aside, this is still supposed to be our romantic 'cocoa land' getaway! :biggrin:

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To be continued...


Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 22, 2018, 01:52:46 am
Ooh, this is gonna be good!

Enjoy every second!

  8)
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: BlueBull2007 on July 22, 2018, 03:34:56 am
I'm in and extremely extremely envious.  :thumleft:  :ricky: :ricky:

Soap and shampoo. Wait, what?  :o
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Vis Arend on July 22, 2018, 05:42:35 am
My seat is booked.   :thumleft:

This is a dream trip in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.    The two of you will enjoy it tremendously.    :deal:

Good luck on the route from Klein Serengeti to Khowarib Schlucht, the fesh fesh parts will keep you busy.   :eek7:   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Mr D on July 22, 2018, 05:49:32 am
  :deal: tagging along for the ride.

Watch this space @Mayhem
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Oubones on July 22, 2018, 07:24:00 am
My itch is becoming a rash!
This is going to be good!
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Bernt on July 22, 2018, 08:34:25 am
Best of luck, this trip has also been a dream of mine.
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Casting from Turd on July 22, 2018, 09:29:28 am
Gooi Minx
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Welsh on July 22, 2018, 10:06:56 am
I'm in and extremely extremely envious.  :thumleft:  :ricky: :ricky:

Soap and shampoo. Wait, what?  :o

I trust you have good earplugs for riding, sharing a tent with that beast, I pity you.  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: BiG DoM on July 22, 2018, 11:20:19 am
gooi mielies  :ricky: :ricky:
sub  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on July 22, 2018, 11:22:45 am
Is it my eyes or has HSK lost some weight?

Enjoy the trip!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on July 22, 2018, 11:55:46 am
Is it my eyes or has HSK lost some weight?

Enjoy the trip!! :thumleft:

When we decided that we NEED to do this trip, we started walking and hiking. We also did what felt like the impossible, but it has actually been easy to stick to, and left booze completely. We've been alcohol free for nearly 4 months now.  :occasion14: HSK has lost just over 15kg in total! That is more than his entire luggage setup for this trip! Crazy if you think about it that way.
I really do need to reiterate how important your fitness levels are when looking to take on a trip like this. Before I did the Honda Quest I signed up for a month of Basefit (they train riders like Kirsten Landman and some other pro racers) and if it wasn't for that I wouldn't have made it... If you are comfortable with sand, the riding will not make you that tired, but what does get you is all the time on and off the bike, you are busy constantly! We've both been a bit sick and are battling the last of the snot siekte now, wish we could have done more, but current fitness levels will just have to do :)

Some pics from our recent hiking excursions:

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Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Mayhem on July 22, 2018, 12:01:53 pm
We've both been a bit sick....

That will happen when you stop drinking

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Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: JFE on July 22, 2018, 01:03:12 pm
Incredible preparation, been trying to shake 10kg without success. Good going


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Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Brink on July 22, 2018, 01:05:44 pm
In for the ride,,,,,
 :sip: :ricky: :sip:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Ri on July 22, 2018, 06:46:48 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on July 22, 2018, 10:04:00 pm
Packing List:

When planning to take on a trip like this packing light is absolutely key to success! I am using a small handlebar bag, giant loop small tank bag and the Andy Straps soft luggage on my 701. I also have 7L + 5L fuel bladders which strap to the back. In addition to that a bunch of tools and tubes (if mousses fail) carefully wrapped up and strapped to the pannier frames of the bike. HSK is using the Giant Loop Great Basin roll top bag, and has also strapped some tools, cable-ties and other goodies to his bike.

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The crutch that we all lean on. Some may recognize it from Quest. We had many punctures there, and I got used to people shouting, where's Minxy, we need the crutch! You cannot ride without one.

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Cable-ties everywhere you look.

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So today we packed pretty much all the things we are taking into our bags and rode around the block to see if everything holds up ok. Everything perfect!

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Things we packed:

Clothing. We both packed the same way so this is list per person:
2x Lightweight T-Shirts each
1x Long Sleeve Shirt
1x Shorts
1x Longpants
2x Riding Shirts (this includes the one we are wearing)
3x Riding Socks (2 in luggage)
2x Socks
3x Onderbroeks (I am not going into the details of my undergarments haha :imaposer:)
1x Thermal Top (Minxy)
1x Thermal leggings
1x Fleece top
1x Lightweight down jacket
2x Buffs
1x Closed lightweight closed shoes
1x Lightweight flip flops
1x Lightweight thermal gloves (Minxy)
1x Hat
1x Sunglasses
1x Headlamp

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Teddy guarding some goodies we purchased for the trip.

Camping goodies
1x Large camping towel (to share :P )
1x Tent
2x Lightweight inflatable sleeping mats
2x Lightweight sleeping bags (mine also has thermal liner, yes I get cold easily...)
2x Inflatable pillows
1x Bivi ground sheet small (like the army ones)
1x Camping Kettle (Silicone, it folds up!)
2x Pop up camping cups/bowls
8x Paper Plates
1x Gas bottle with adaptor

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Electronics
Asstd. Chargers
Multiplug
2x Helmet Cams
1x Small Sony Camera
1x Satellite Phone
1x Solar Panel charger, if I can find space for it...
1x Power Bank with jump start clamps
1x Bluetooth Speaker (small)
2x GPS's On bikes

Medikit
Asstd Bandages of different sizes
Asstd Gauze
Asstd Plasters and dressings
1x Betadine disinfectant
1x Burn/Wound Cream
1x Small Savlon bottle
1x Voltaren Gel
2x Burn Gel
1x Gloves
Asstd tablets incl Valoid, Imodium, Myprodyl, Norflex, Allergex, Tramacet, etc.
2x Emergency Blankets

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Food
I'm not packing too much when we leave here. We will stock up in Opuwo before we head up North where availability gets scarce. We will be eating at lodges etc where we can, alternatively we'll just buy whatever is available :)
I will however take some coffee/creamer and some protein bars and snacks. I've also prepacked multivitamins/supplements for every day. When it comes to food going up North we'll keep it simple, various canned goodies, cous cous, cup of soup, basically anything that is easy and convenient to make.

Another important thing is water. We each have 3L in hydration pack, with HSK carrying an additional Hydration pack as backup.
His bike carries an additional 3L in special tanks (as per Dakar regulation). So we have 12L total, hopefully this will suffice.

Toiletries
Shampoo and conditioner for two in travel size bottles.
Soap
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Roll on deodorant
Mosquito repellent and anti itch cream
Makeup, I can't go without eyeliner and mascara  >:D

Tools... Psssst HSK! Help with this part haha :thumleft:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on July 23, 2018, 01:13:49 am
Volg beslis!  :thumleft:  :snorting:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: MRK Miller on July 23, 2018, 05:44:14 am
This is going to be a dream trip. I am not sure if i am going to want toe read on about the trip, as i would just be sick of jalousy. But non the less, this is going to be a awesome experience and may wishes of prayer for a safe and trouble free trip carry you forth. But i know i will read your RR. Nam is just such a awesome place
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: edgy on July 23, 2018, 07:33:47 am
Sub..........where you get the Dunlop 908 RR tyres?
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: ClemS on July 23, 2018, 07:37:22 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: woody1 on July 23, 2018, 07:45:49 am
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on July 23, 2018, 07:47:08 am
Sub..........where you get the Dunlop 908 RR tyres?

We got these from Offroadcycles a while back. Maybe Runner can help? :)
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: m0lt3n on July 23, 2018, 08:28:17 am
Sub!
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Rexc-w on July 23, 2018, 08:50:54 am
I will follow with interest.  Enjoy Nam..
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: JC on July 23, 2018, 08:56:32 am
subscraaibed  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Firecoast on July 23, 2018, 09:10:07 am
Ooooooooooooh already loving this ride report..... a biking story AND a love story!!!!!

Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: 0012 on July 23, 2018, 11:35:51 am
lekker lekker, sub, veilig ry!   :ricky:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Frankrzzgp on July 23, 2018, 12:32:01 pm
Subscribed!
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on July 23, 2018, 01:55:17 pm
Seatbelt fastened ............ waiting for take-off ..............  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: blackbird on July 23, 2018, 02:00:43 pm
Kan nie wag, geniet en ry veilig!
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Lou1 on July 23, 2018, 02:46:12 pm
 :ricky: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on July 23, 2018, 09:04:39 pm
Looking at my old photos on facebook. I've added some photos below from a 4x4 trip we did following the Omaruru riverbed when my arm was broken 2 years ago. We will be doing pretty much the same route on Day 1 :)
Last of the packing is tomorrow, we will load up bikes etc so we can be ready to leave at 3am in the morning to get the border post as they open at 6. Then we'll drive all the way through Botswana to Gobabis in Namibia where we will spend our first night, after that, onwards to Henties where we'll spend an additional night to prepare and load our bikes. From then on... I absolutely cannot wait!



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Omdel Dam

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Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 24, 2018, 12:33:01 am
 :sip: :ricky:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Vis Arend on July 24, 2018, 04:35:06 am

Another important thing is water. We each have 3L in hydration pack, with HSK carrying an additional Hydration pack as backup.
His bike carries an additional 3L in special tanks (as per Dakar regulation). So we have 12L total, hopefully this will suffice.



12 L should do taking in consideration your fitness level and the time of the year, July, it should not be as hot as in April. 

April / May we experienced temperatures in the high 40's.    The wife and I did the part from Henties, Rhino camp, Gai-Ais to Palmwag/Aba Hoab with 16l of water and ran out of water around midday.  I would suggest an additional 2L of water in a container that you can get rid of just for in case and for those very remote areas.
We in the mean time purchased a small water purifier.  It is a tad bulky, damn expensive,  but very light weight and works like a bomb.   

Looking forward to the your trip, enjoy.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on July 24, 2018, 07:21:31 am
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Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: KTMvan on July 24, 2018, 08:16:49 am
Enjoy!!!
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: chopperpilot on July 24, 2018, 08:28:32 am
Be safe...and have fun! :thumleft:

A dream trip ...on most of us bucket list's! :biggrin:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on July 24, 2018, 08:49:23 am

Another important thing is water. We each have 3L in hydration pack, with HSK carrying an additional Hydration pack as backup.
His bike carries an additional 3L in special tanks (as per Dakar regulation). So we have 12L total, hopefully this will suffice.



12 L should do taking in consideration your fitness level and the time of the year, July, it should not be as hot as in April. 

April / May we experienced temperatures in the high 40's.    The wife and I did the part from Henties, Rhino camp, Gai-Ais to Palmwag/Aba Hoab with 16l of water and ran out of water around midday.  I would suggest an additional 2L of water in a container that you can get rid of just for in case and for those very remote areas.
We in the mean time purchased a small water purifier.  It is a tad bulky, damn expensive,  but very light weight and works like a bomb.   

Looking forward to the your trip, enjoy.   :thumleft:

Thanks for tip, we'll see how things go on first day, then we can always thrown in some 2L bottles as extra :)
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Just Blip It! on July 24, 2018, 09:21:10 am
Looking forward to this story!  :sip:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Koet on July 24, 2018, 09:32:29 am
Hier kom 'n ding!
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 24, 2018, 09:46:55 am
I'm in for the (desk) ride!!

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on July 24, 2018, 11:01:38 am

We in the mean time purchased a small water purifier.  It is a tad bulky, damn expensive,  but very light weight and works like a bomb.   


Hi-Jack on: can you post a pic off the purifier, curious to see it? Hi-Jack off.
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Piet on July 24, 2018, 02:05:39 pm
Subscribe!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on July 24, 2018, 07:02:59 pm
Today, last bit of packing. I am SO glad we started packing nearly one month ago... We wouldn't have made it otherwise, wow there's a lot of things to take with...

Also, doctors visit for Tetanus (this is vital). According to the doctor it's good to go for at least 5 years + and Vitamin/Sport Booster shots. Feeling like a 100$'s right now 8)

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 :o
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: RobLH on July 24, 2018, 07:14:45 pm
Shit, you must be excited. I wouldn't be able to sleep, have fun.
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on July 24, 2018, 07:19:52 pm
Another extremely exciting announcement! :D

Scrat (on the forum) with the help of his lovely wife Marique, have approached me and offered to make me my own custom rally jacket to wear for this trip. They have started their own active wear brand, Mira, inspired by their daughter.
The jackets are tailor made to fit you perfectly and they can do any design you want from scratch.
I am honoured to be a part of their brand and cannot wait to test their jacket in the adventure riding conditions we are going to face on our trip :)
 
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The magical design process in action. Marique is a wizard :D


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A very special message.

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A work of art <3

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Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on July 24, 2018, 07:20:46 pm
Shit, you must be excited. I wouldn't be able to sleep, have fun.

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Trailer is packed, 3am we are off. I will try update when I have signal again, alternatively I will catch up with this RR at a later stage :ricky:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: JC on July 24, 2018, 07:38:28 pm
Veilig ry en geniet dit  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Straatkat on July 24, 2018, 10:04:47 pm
This makes me think back to our trip just a few months ago, with Xpat and Justbendid. Some magic memories are waiting to be made, you guys must enjoy, it looks like you prepared really well. It will make all the difference.
Following with interest. Drive safely.
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Dwerg on July 24, 2018, 10:38:49 pm
Be safe and enjoy!


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Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 24, 2018, 10:47:00 pm
Mira Adventure jacket looks stunning!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Oubones on July 25, 2018, 06:03:26 am
I am so excited, it feels like I am going on my own trip already!
Nice jacket, travel safely and ENJOY!
Lot of very jealous people here!
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Scrat on July 25, 2018, 06:16:24 am
Safe travels you 2!

magical trip!!  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: D man on July 26, 2018, 12:24:00 pm
A RR involving Namibia always grabs my attention, looking forward to this one.
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on July 26, 2018, 04:01:03 pm
Will be following you guys on FB from here on. Good luck, give it horns, and above all else enjoy!
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: funky_munky on July 26, 2018, 05:14:21 pm
Enjoy the trip!
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Poenabul on July 26, 2018, 05:59:20 pm
Great stuff, enjoy and be save
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Fransw on July 26, 2018, 06:22:16 pm
@Scrat where can we get more info/website on the Mira riding gear?..
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Onetime on July 26, 2018, 06:37:56 pm
Ride safe.
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Scalpel on July 26, 2018, 06:44:21 pm
@Scrat where can we get more info/website on the Mira riding gear?..

Frans you can follow them on Face Book.
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: lpj on July 26, 2018, 07:13:40 pm
Ooooooooooooh already loving this ride report..... a biking story AND a love story!!!!!

 :puke:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Hardy de Kock on July 27, 2018, 08:16:26 pm
I believe they picked up fuel pump problems with the Husky on day 1.
Hard luck.
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: BiG DoM on July 27, 2018, 08:26:42 pm
I believe they picked up fuel pump problems with the Husky on day 1.
Hard luck.

Ja they going to get trailer and get it to Windhoek tomorrow to sort out I believe.
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: BlueBull2007 on July 27, 2018, 09:04:06 pm
That is sucky, but rather on day 1.
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: mtr89 on July 29, 2018, 10:27:02 am
Great lead up to the ride starting!!!
Looking forward to this one
Hope you guys have a great time
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: BiG DoM on July 29, 2018, 11:29:59 am
All fixed and they on their way again. Fuel filter was the culprit.
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: w@nted on July 30, 2018, 09:12:21 am
Geez. That is the third fuel pump/failure issue I have read about on the 701 within a week? Would love to hear more details. Did they have any fuel filter socks installed in the tank? It looks like these fuel pumps/filters are super sensitive to dirty fuel. :eek7:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: BiG DoM on July 30, 2018, 09:52:42 am
Guglatech filter is the answer. Ja.
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: w@nted on July 30, 2018, 10:34:11 am
Guglatech filter is the answer. Ja.

I am ordering one ASAP  :deal:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Scrat on July 30, 2018, 11:09:15 am
@Scrat where can we get more info/website on the Mira riding gear?..
@Fransw -
we do not have a website yet - but Can find us on Instagram / Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/miraactivewear/
https://www.instagram.com/miraactivewear/

or welcome to contact me direct on zero 72 3 9 3 8 4 5 3

cheers
Gerrit
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on July 30, 2018, 01:41:53 pm


Quote from: BiG DoM on Today at 09:52:42 am (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=226822.msg4102905#msg4102905)
Guglatech filter is the answer. Ja.
Yes, we ordered Guglatech specifically for the 701 3-month back, they never arrived (we carry most EVERYTHING else in Guglatech...), so wrote to importers of Guglatech, who replied as follows:
>HI Chris,
The reason behind the delay in development is that we are struggling with a bullet proof design to ensure that our filter has longevity inside the 701 tank. Given the design on the 701’s fuel cap, it is very difficult to ensure a tight and secure fitment of our product.
We have recommended that clients replace the 701 fuel cap with an Acerbis or similar cap and use the 38/40mm filter we supply for the housing. This means a bullet proof filter in a simple yet effective housing.  It seems to be the solution for a lot of 701 owners as there might be cap problems on extended trips.
Regards
Riaan
More later
Chris & Team

Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Fransw on July 30, 2018, 01:56:02 pm
@Scrat where can we get more info/website on the Mira riding gear?..
@Fransw -
we do not have a website yet - but Can find us on Instagram / Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/miraactivewear/
https://www.instagram.com/miraactivewear/

or welcome to contact me direct on zero 72 3 9 3 8 4 5 3

cheers
Gerrit

Thank you Gerrit! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: w@nted on July 30, 2018, 02:03:33 pm


Quote from: BiG DoM on Today at 09:52:42 am (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=226822.msg4102905#msg4102905)
Guglatech filter is the answer. Ja.
Yes, we ordered Guglatech specifically for the 701 3-month back, they never arrived (we carry most EVERYTHING else in Guglatech...), so wrote to importers of Guglatech, who replied as follows:
>HI Chris,
The reason behind the delay in development is that we are struggling with a bullet proof design to ensure that our filter has longevity inside the 701 tank. Given the design on the 701’s fuel cap, it is very difficult to ensure a tight and secure fitment of our product.
We have recommended that clients replace the 701 fuel cap with an Acerbis or similar cap and use the 38/40mm filter we supply for the housing. This means a bullet proof filter in a simple yet effective housing.  It seems to be the solution for a lot of 701 owners as there might be cap problems on extended trips.
Regards
Riaan
More later
Chris & Team

Thanks Chris for the feedback. I saw a video on youtube where the guy suggested shaving the oem fuel cap or the filter neck to ensure it closes once the filter has been installed in the tank. Still better than being stranded next to the road due to a filter or pump that packed up in my opinion.
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Rough Rider on July 31, 2018, 09:19:22 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on August 07, 2018, 08:39:16 pm
We are back in Gauteng :) Trip did not go quite as intended, but we will be back next year to finish the rest of the route! I have AMAZING video footage and photos of some of the riding we did and will be sharing it as soon as I get a chance. Lots of video to edit :D
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: 2StrokeDan on August 07, 2018, 08:42:52 pm
Upsetting to hear about your misfortunes, but good to see that you are going to give it another bash.
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Fransw on August 08, 2018, 03:16:32 pm
www(whatwentwrong)?.
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on August 08, 2018, 05:54:03 pm
www(whatwentwrong)?.

First it was the fuel filter, which we sorted out, I'll get to that in the RR.  And then after that my key broke off inside the fuelcap, just after we did the most epic riding to Palmwag :( We found out the hard way that the Husky 701's fuelcaps are clearly not of a very good design.

Where's Flying Brick, is there an aftermarket cap, Acerbis or so? :P
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Fransw on August 08, 2018, 08:07:35 pm
www(whatwentwrong)?.

First it was the fuel filter, which we sorted out, I'll get to that in the RR.  And then after that my key broke off inside the fuelcap, just after we did the most epic riding to Palmwag :( We found out the hard way that the Husky 701's fuelcaps are clearly not of a very good design.

Where's Flying Brick, is there an aftermarket cap, Acerbis or so? :P

Better luck next time! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: w@nted on August 10, 2018, 08:27:12 am
www(whatwentwrong)?.

First it was the fuel filter, which we sorted out, I'll get to that in the RR.  And then after that my key broke off inside the fuelcap, just after we did the most epic riding to Palmwag :( We found out the hard way that the Husky 701's fuelcaps are clearly not of a very good design.

Where's Flying Brick, is there an aftermarket cap, Acerbis or so? :P

So sorry to hear that  :'(

There definitely is an acerbis fuelcap that can be fitted on the 701.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: evansv on August 10, 2018, 08:51:34 am
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Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: windswept on August 10, 2018, 09:33:01 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: dirtyXT on August 10, 2018, 09:48:22 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on August 10, 2018, 02:32:27 pm
I'm still busy sorting out photos, the video footage is AMAZING though so did that first :)
I'll put together another video for Brandberg and Huab river section and work on the actual RR soon...

For your viewing pleasure :D

https://www.youtube.com/v/VySiRqDixAE

LOOK AT ALL THE BEAUTIFUL SAND!!!  :love5: :love5: :love5:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Offshore on August 10, 2018, 03:12:40 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Piet on August 10, 2018, 03:20:17 pm
I'm still busy sorting out photos, the video footage is AMAZING though so did that first :)
I'll put together another video for Brandberg and Huab river section and work on the actual RR soon...

For your viewing pleasure :D


LOOK AT ALL THE BEAUTIFUL SAND!!!  :love5: :love5: :love5:
Blęksem, but you can ride! Nice vid, Minxy!
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 10, 2018, 04:04:00 pm
Looking forward to the RR!
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: LanC on August 12, 2018, 01:18:40 pm
Excellent video. Looking forward to the report, pics and more vids :sip:
I want to ride those river beds :ricky:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: windswept on August 17, 2018, 09:59:47 pm
 :clock: :sip:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Oubones on August 18, 2018, 07:40:13 am
Time is going soooo slow!
Come on April "19.
Very nice vid and good riding. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on August 19, 2018, 06:48:04 pm
It has been hectic since returning back to civilization... just been sorting things out and trying to catch up with normal life stuff again. I'll try write a bit more in the days to come.

"Getting there"

We left home just after 3am to get the Skilpadshek border post as they open. We got there just after 6am and border crossing was smooth and painless. The plan, drive all the way to Gobabis and get accommodation there, then do the distance to Henties the following day. The border post right on top is open until 12pm, so it really gives you time to do the full distance of Botswana in one day.

The Trans Kalahari highway was in pretty good condition and we made good time (considering all the speed traps) and we got to Gobabis in Namibia surprisingly early... Since we didn't want to hang around in Gobabis and look pretty all afternoon we decided to push on to Windhoek and just book something there instead. After having phoned all the popular lodging destinations in Windhoek though, to my surprise everything was booked full! Some huge conference was apparently in town. I looked for places out of town as alternative, and we found this awesome place called Gravel Travel Lodge, a German bike tour lodge/company.

https://www.gravel-travel.com/motorbikes-technology.html

This Gravel Travel place was something else, they have a workshop there with, I don't know, over 30 maybe, Yamaha XT 660's. All properly rigged with Touratech goodies. The owner there takes overseas customers (mostly) on tours all over Namibia. Unfortunately we didn't get to meet the owner, but it was sure interesting having a peak through the workshop window. Anyway, being proper exhausted we hit the hay early.

(https://s5.postimg.cc/uk9ct7q4n/37772316_10156590407246972_1509394027714183168_o.jpg)

(https://s5.postimg.cc/5qzssketz/37794309_10156590406966972_2516354994366578688_o.jpg)

(https://s5.postimg.cc/hsv6n110n/Whats_App_Image_2018-08-19_at_18.39.38.jpg)

(https://s5.postimg.cc/bf63jroev/Whats_App_Image_2018-08-19_at_18.39.38_1.jpg)




Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 19, 2018, 07:21:01 pm
Great stuff  :sip:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on August 19, 2018, 08:06:39 pm
We had a smooth and uneventful drive to Hentiesbay early the following day, making a very quick stop in Swakopmund to have something for brunch. Excitement levels are super high! :D

The shipwreck on the way is very cool especially if you haven't seen it before and we stop to have a quick look and then press on to Huis Klipdrift (yes that is really our lodgings name :imaposer: ) . A modest, but very accommodating fishermen's lodge with lekker breakfast and a kind caretaker who agreed to give us space on their property to leave our bakkie and trailer for the duration of our trip. We pop in to get fuel (we filter all of it with the gugletec filtration thingie) and get back to the lodge.

We offload our bikes and almost immediately start with our "last" prep before we start the actual trip. We had prepacked just about all of things so it was quick to slap our luggage into to the bikes. For anyone undertaking this, do not underestimate how long it takes to get your packing perfect!

With bikes packed and safely locked away in the garage, we leave to have dinner at a highly recommended local spot called Fishy Corner. We had some freshly caught kabeljou and it was literally the best fish I've ever tasted in my life ;D ;D ;D

Things have been going well so far, too well maybe... mmmmm... to be continued!

(https://s5.postimg.cc/sv09l2aef/37889911_10156592796856972_862477863088029696_o.jpg)

(https://s5.postimg.cc/si8vewf9z/37841884_10156592797306972_9184196540636332032_o.jpg)

Sooo many bags!!!

(https://s5.postimg.cc/4r9hx2a0n/make-ready-your-59c57c.jpg)

(https://s5.postimg.cc/5tjofcdbr/37841944_10156592797401972_4704623853672857600_o.jpg)

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(https://s5.postimg.cc/3ozbe81ef/37812871_10156592797561972_5776412021603958784_o.jpg)

(https://s5.postimg.cc/9px0bbqlj/37897160_10156592796946972_8146571053678723072_o.jpg)

(https://s5.postimg.cc/cwrjuxnw7/37818303_10156592797196972_941112413560766464_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: 2StrokeDan on August 19, 2018, 08:49:35 pm
Loved the video, you ride so well, that sandy riverbeds can be tricky.

Again, so sorry to hear about the 701 failing on you.

I am surprised that the Ford made it. :pot: :pot:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on August 19, 2018, 09:14:16 pm
Loved the video, you ride so well, that sandy riverbeds can be tricky.

Again, so sorry to hear about the 701 failing on you.

I am surprised that the Ford made it. :pot: :pot:

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: Funny! I'll get to that in a bit...
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: J-dog on August 20, 2018, 08:59:52 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: w@nted on August 20, 2018, 09:10:55 am
Interesting that the fuel pump died even with you filtering the fuel through the guglatech filter... There goes my fool proof plan to prevent fuel pump failure on my husky... :patch:

Can't wait for the rest of the report!
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: 0012 on August 20, 2018, 02:23:34 pm
:imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: Funny! I'll get to that in a bit...

oh yes!

right, gooi nog   :sip:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: evansv on August 20, 2018, 02:26:15 pm
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Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on October 01, 2018, 12:13:58 pm
I'd so like to give this report more attention, but got caught up with real life stuff again... I did however have some time over the weekend and started video editing, something I love to do!
Below is footage I put together of the riding we did on our second day in Brandberg area, Goantagab riverbed and some Sandy roads heading towards Twyfelfontein. Enjoy! And more coming "soon" :D

https://www.youtube.com/v/fqCI3PExVZQ




Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Ri on October 01, 2018, 12:30:23 pm
..... :eek: :eek: :eek: ...
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Zanie on October 01, 2018, 09:03:27 pm
Great video. :notworthy: to the sand skills!
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: DRme on October 01, 2018, 09:57:25 pm
Well done meisiekind. Jy begin my hero te raak.
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 01, 2018, 03:19:04 am
Nee pok julle mag maar!

Too rocky to drop tyre pressure right? What pressure were you running?
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on November 01, 2018, 12:43:51 pm
Nee pok julle mag maar!

Too rocky to drop tyre pressure right? What pressure were you running?

We were running Michelin Desert mousses in both bikes for the trip, so the tyre pressure is about the equivalent of 1 bar. That section near Landcruiser hill was tricky as there was plenty of rocks in between the soft sand. That is exactly what threw HSK off. It would literally be like, twee spoor sand dunes, random rocks, random rocky hill, more dunes :P Absolutely magical terrain, but tricky to ride with luggage etc. It is doable on the "bigger" bike, but I think when we return to finish this trip it will be on the 500's.

Eish I really need to finish this report... I've got some awesome footage of the Huab riverbed as well ;D
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Xpat on November 01, 2018, 01:10:53 pm
I may have unwittingly misled you there near the Landcruiser hill a bit as I assume you were following the tracks I've sent you. I have made slight mistake when plotting those tracks (and we followed the same route with Bertie and Justin) - I didn't realize that my track didn't go all the way to the top of the Lancruiser Hill and then continue left on top of the dune, which is what I wanted to do. Instead that track you and us took was a shortcut but required to ride up sand dune off-camber, which is what I think caught HSK. I may remember it wrong but I think one of us lost it there as well.

Next time rather gun it all the way up the Landcruiser hill - i.e. to the top of the dune once you are out of that canyon and then on top of the dune turn left. Attached is the map - purple is the route you and us took there, and blue is the recommended route that will be slightly easier (because you are gunning it straight up the dune to the top instead of riding off-camber) and also more fun (because going full throttle up big sand dune  :ricky:).

But of course - 500 will make all of that much easier. Just go for the backbone luggage that wraps the bike tightly without racks - the bags hanging off the side of bike are not the best for spirited offroad riding - especially on 690/701 with its wide backside (I know, I also have them, including the same luggage rack on my 690 and suffered because of that).

Edit: Big advantage of 500 also is that they are old school minimalist, so you cannot get caught up by the latest technology gizmos such as a key that caught you up on this trip. Leave those toys to young kids  :peepwall: >:D
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on November 01, 2018, 02:34:29 pm
I may have unwittingly misled you there near the Landcruiser hill a bit as I assume you were following the tracks I've sent you. I have made slight mistake when plotting those tracks (and we followed the same route with Bertie and Justin) - I didn't realize that my track didn't go all the way to the top of the Lancruiser Hill and then continue left on top of the dune, which is what I wanted to do. Instead that track you and us took was a shortcut but required to ride up sand dune off-camber, which is what I think caught HSK. I may remember it wrong but I think one of us lost it there as well.

Next time rather gun it all the way up the Landcruiser hill - i.e. to the top of the dune once you are out of that canyon and then on top of the dune turn left. Attached is the map - purple is the route you and us took there, and blue is the recommended route that will be slightly easier (because you are gunning it straight up the dune to the top instead of riding off-camber) and also more fun (because going full throttle up big sand dune  :ricky:).

But of course - 500 will make all of that much easier. Just go for the backbone luggage that wraps the bike tightly without racks - the bags hanging off the side of bike are not the best for spirited offroad riding - especially on 690/701 with its wide backside (I know, I also have them, including the same luggage rack on my 690 and suffered because of that).

Edit: Big advantage of 500 also is that they are old school minimalist, so you cannot get caught up by the latest technology gizmos such as a key that caught you up on this trip. Leave those toys to young kids  :peepwall: >:D

This whole Landcruiser hill business has left me a bit confused. I thought it's the big sand dune? But the owner/manager at the White Lady lodge mentioned it is extremely rocky? I could be wrong, but it seems the locals refer to another route as Landcruiser hill? In my video, at about 48sec, to the left of where I'm pointing is a seriously rocky road going up the hill. I almost, almost think it could be what the manager was referring to. Will have to go back there and have another good look with that 500!

This is what we did. Also on the off camber dune, then up that steep rocky climb (the video really doesn't do it justice, if you stop you just can't get going again) :P

(https://i.postimg.cc/nhTTG10h/Pic.jpg)

Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Xpat on November 01, 2018, 02:44:47 pm
Well, it's designted right there on the T4A maps on both mine and yours screenshot, so I assume that is what Landcruiser hill is - and that one is top of big dune. If you followed the route you've sent you didn't follow my tracks - we came from Ugab river up that valley called 'Not recommended' on T4A. Why did you come down the dune just to have to climb it again offcamber (the point where HSK fell in the video)? You could have just stayed on top and connect to the track further on.

Anyway - any of those tracks are fantastic riding so it is no biggie, just wandering why you actually avoided Landcruiser Hill when you were right on top of it  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on November 01, 2018, 02:55:51 pm
Well, it's designted right there on the T4A maps on both mine and yours screenshot, so I assume that is what Landcruiser hill is - and that one is top of big dune. If you followed the route you've sent you didn't follow my tracks - we came from Ugab river up that valley called 'Not recommended' on T4A. Why did you come down the dune just to have to climb it again offcamber (the point where HSK fell in the video)? You could have just stayed on top and connect to the track further on.

Anyway - any of those tracks are fantastic riding so it is no biggie, just wandering why you actually avoided Landcruiser Hill when you were right on top of it  :biggrin:

What T4A says still conflicts with what the old man at White Lady lodge said. Maybe he has no clue what he's talking about *shrug* He just told us, LC hill is soooooo rocky and loose, they could barely make it up there in 4x4.

And looking back, I don't quite know why we went that specific way exactly haha, I think I plotted us on the "escape route" and not on the main route... it was fun though :imaposer: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Xpat on November 01, 2018, 02:58:11 pm
I think I know what owner of WL meant - the gully leading up to the bottom of the Lancruiser hill dune from Ugab is extremely rocky. That is the one we took and is designated inT4A as not recommended. Like so (Landcruiser hill is the red dune at the top of the rocks:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/796/40456511984_6d5f90cfd6_k.jpg)
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Xpat on November 01, 2018, 03:04:18 pm
Here some pictures of the rocky ascent to the bottom of the Landcruiser hill dune when we did it in 4x4 - I'm pretty sure that is what the WL guy is talking about:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4435/36302277822_5f5afb5c4c_k.jpg)


(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4413/36470257595_f6d68b1411_k.jpg)
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: Minxy on November 01, 2018, 03:15:44 pm
I think I know what owner of WL meant - the gully leading up to the bottom of the Lancruiser hill dune from Ugab is extremely rocky. That is the one we took and is designated inT4A as not recommended. Like so (Landcruiser hill is the red dune at the top of the rocks:



Very cool, I think that could very well be what that man was referring to, thanks for sharing photos :)
Title: Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
Post by: geopat on November 21, 2018, 06:35:19 pm
Heading out there next week can't wait these reports really build the gees