Pair to cross Drakensberg in record time

2014-03-24 00:00

ADVENTURERS Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel will try to conquer the Drakensberg’s unpredictable weather patterns and cross the hazardous mountain range in record time starting today.

The two men are attempting to break the Drakensberg Grand Traverse record.

The trail follows an unmarked route running from the north to the south of the Drakensberg mountain range over a distance of 220 km. It spans parts of the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho.

The start is at the Sentinel car park and finishes at Bushman’s Nek border post.

The trail runners must pass specific checkpoints along the way.

According to the organisers Red Bull South Africa, the route was first officially completed in February 1999 by Gavin and Laurie Raubenheimer, in 105 hours and 39 minutes (4 days 9 hours and 39 minutes).

The most recent record was set in April 2010 by Griesel and Cobus van Zyl in a time of 60 hours 29 min and 30 seconds (2 days 12 hours 29 min and 30 seconds).

The trail runners are allowed to use GPS devices, but must complete the run without any other support.

The trailists arrived in the Drakens­berg a few days ago to acclimatise to the altitude.

The “Berg” is renowned for its unpredictable weather, ranging from thunderstorms and strong winds, to extreme heat.

Sandes and Griesel’s journey can by followed at www.redbull.co.za/

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