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Offline MRK Miller

Re: Rhino Peak Round Two
« Reply #40 on: December 14, 2019, 12:50:44 pm »
Dawie and Gareth used this opportunity to capture some awesome footage from their drones

Wear did that guide come from in the traditional blanket clothing come from or was he your guide up to the top. Stunning views. Thank you so much for sharing
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Re: Rhino Peak Round Two
« Reply #41 on: December 14, 2019, 03:20:13 pm »
No he's not a guide  :biggrin:

He's a shepherd, they are all over the Lesotho highlands and appear out of nowhere in the most isolated places
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Re: Rhino Peak Round Two
« Reply #42 on: December 22, 2019, 05:39:33 pm »
Ok time to finish off this Ride Report

After a hard days riding to the Rhino and back I wasn't too sure if I really felt like doing the planned 2nd leg of our trip, the summit of Thabana Ntlenyana, the highest peak in Africa south of Kilimanjaro. The weather reports were also ominous, 100% chance of rain from early morning. This was later revised to rain starting at 10h00.

 But we were here, with our bikes and after an afternoon nap and a few beers the aches and pains subsided and the prospect of another ride through these awesome mountains was more appealing.

It was decided that we would leave at 06h00 so as to try and get back to sani Top before the rains started. Today was going to be a fairly short ride and on GE the territory we were covering didn't look to be too much of a challenge.

Before leaving on the trip I asked Xpat which of the routes he would recommend, the one from the hikers car park at the top of black Mountain, or the longer one that started just after the turn off to Sani Stone Lodge. he advised me definitely the Sani Stone Lodge one as it was far more "scenic"  >:D

I should have realized that his East European understanding of the word "scenic" was very different to mine  :biggrin:

I had decided not to take a camera with on the ride, i didn't think there would be many opportunities for stopping and taking pics.

These pics are all by the others on the ride.

Anyway, I won't go into too much detail, save to say this was some of the toughest riding Ihave ever done. My old 520 took me through places I would previously never have attempted.

At one stage the group got separated and I ended up following Rob and Christo, who were much more at home in this terrain than I was. We headed up quite a steep path under a rocky outcrop, with a cairn of stones next to it. I assumed we had reached the top and that Rob and Christo were just going to see how high they could get. I got off my bike, took my helmet and gloves off and climbed up the little path that they had just ridden up, but no sign of them. Strangely enough I could hear the sound of bikes in the distance, so i realized that this obviously wasn.t the peak.

So gloves and helmet back on I set off after them, but not so confident as before, because I was enjoying sticking to Christo's back wheel.

Anyway after about half an hour later i got to a section where the drop away to the right got steeper and steeper and the rocky cliff to the left was making this section almost un-ridable. So I got off and tried pushing my bike around the rocky outcrop, because it seemed too dangerous to ride. Now in normal circumstances my fitness levels don't allow me to push my bike too far through terrain like this, but at 3450 odd meters above sea level I was sucking for air and just not getting any. After a short struggle I realized the others hadn't come this way so I managed to turn around with much effort and try the other side of the rocky outcrop.

I was now on the right track and I soon saw the peak of Thabana Ntlenyana about 500 meters away, an easy sloping ride up the hill.

Was awesome to sit on the top of the mountain for a bit looking down on vultures soaring on thermals below us.

Dawie Shaun and Jon had apparently got there about half an hour before Rob and Christo, so we went back along the route they had taken, which was really easy compared to our route.

Somehow on the way back the group got separated again into the same two groups as before, but that was ok, the riding was awesome and I didn't have any problems.

We got back to Sani Top at about 11h00, checked out and headed back down the pass. Pretty much as we got to Himeville the rain started, the timing was immaculate.

Was an awesome trip, thanks all who came.

Looking forward to the next one early next year,

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Re: Rhino Peak Round Two
« Reply #43 on: December 22, 2019, 05:41:11 pm »
And finally;
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Re: Rhino Peak Round Two
« Reply #44 on: December 23, 2019, 05:48:33 pm »
Those clouds look about like a wave rollinging over the rocks. Awesome pics
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