Daniel Barnard and George Louw have set a new group record for bagging South Africa’s ‘Nine Peaks Challenge’ in 4 days 18 hours. The previous group record was 8 days 19 hours.
The standard for this challenge was established by Kobus Bresler (solo) in March 2011 when he summitted the highest peak in each of South Africa’s nine Provinces in 8 days, 6 hours and 52 minutes. He spoke about this at FEAT Jo’burg in October 2011. Kobus still suspects that the solo record can dip under seven days.
Thanks to Kobus for news of this new group record. Awaiting more details from the group.
The nine highest peaks (by height) in the nine Provinces are:
- KwaZulu-Natal: Mafadi (3451m), south of Mont-aux-Sources
- Free State: Namahadi Peak (3275m)
- Eastern Cape: KwaDuma (3019m), on the Lesotho border near Ongeluksnek
- Mpumalanga: Die Berg (2331m) in the Steenkampsberg
- Western Cape: Seweweekspoort Peak (2325m), near Ladismith
- Northern Cape: Murch Point, (2156m), near Nieu-Bethesda
- Limpopo: Iron Crown (2126m), East of Polokwane near Ebenezer Dam
- Gauteng: Toringkop (1913m), South-east of Jo’burg in Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve
- North-West: Nooitgedacht West (1806m), in the Magaliesberg