Grace pupil conquers ‘grand traverse’

2017-01-18 06:01
PHOTO: supplied Michael van Wyngaard contemplates the view.

PHOTO: supplied Michael van Wyngaard contemplates the view.

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GRACE College pupil and Ram Mountaineering Brand Ambassador, Michael Van Wyngaard, completed a double Drakensberg Grand Traverse during the December and January holidays. Congratulations to him for succeeding in this herculean feat, which required untold planning, passion, training and grit.

Michael is the youngest participant to complete a grand traverse. He is the only person under 18 to complete three grand traverses and holds the title of the first double Grand Traverse.

Michael is the only person under 18 to complete the Khulu Challenge, which requires climbing every SA 3 300m peak, of which there are 27.

He is the youngest and one of only seven people to have climbed 100-plus Khulus (South African 3 000m peaks). He is the only under 18 to complete a speed traverse and is the holder of the under 18 fastest known time for a speed traverse.

In 2016 Michael clocked 1 200km of distance in the Drakensberg, and over 1 000km of distance elsewhere.

He is looking forward to competing in the Mweni Marathon on 13 May. - Supplied

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