The Alpine Kingdom: Lesotho and the Northern Drakensberg

In the High Drakensberg region of Lesotho Africa, the adventures are endless. No real trails, no real worries (well maybe keep everything inside your tent at night).

World Class Adventure: On Top of the Drakensberg Amphitheater

Where else in the world can you climb a chain ladder, bolted into a vertical, basalt rock face, starting in one country and ending in another? Where in Africa can you dip you bottle directly into the river and drink deeply without purification? Where else can you have a 4,000 foot cliff to yourself, to watch world class sunsets and sunrises? Atop the High Drakensberg, in the alpine nation of Lesotho, endless adventure awaits, you just need to choose your path!

The City of The Mountain: Cape Town, South Africa

There is perhaps no more dramatic a city than Cape Town, South Africa. Rising out of the clotted fogs of the western cape like a lurking leviathan, stands the iconic Table mountain. Endemic flora and wildlife live side by side with a bustling metropolis, where life fights for it’s small piece of land under the mountain or along the spiny Cape Point Peninsula. In such a place, a thriving city burns with a furious energy.

Epic Views, Little Hardship: The Tugela River Gorge

If South Africa had a coffee table book of quintessence, the three things that would fight for the cover would be the biological wonders of Kruger National Park, the iconic beauty of Table Mountain, and the quiet, hulking giant of the Drakensberg Amphitheater, home to the second tallest waterfall on Earth, and the Tugela River Gorge.

Lower Drakensberg Grasslands, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Under the shadow of the Wall of Spears, Dragon Mountains, or Drakensberg, the alpine grasslands ebb and flow like the bushveld so commonly found there. Wildlife abounds in the big sky country of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and the night sky is one of the most dazzling that can be found on Earth.

This gallery is a series of shots from the Drakensberg lowlands around the area in which I lived for three months. The nearest towns would be Winterton or Bergville, but most of my time was spent in the bush or in unmarked farmland. Enjoy.

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Gear Review: Gregory Baltoro 75 Backpack

“The most comfortable pack I have ever worn. Ever.” Unfortunately, it weighs over six pounds! But, using some of the best shoulder strap and hip belt technology around, this pack will haul big loads and do it with ease. Gregory’s unique design includes super padded shoulder straps and hip belt, which can shift left orContinue reading “Gear Review: Gregory Baltoro 75 Backpack”

GEAR REVIEW: Ultralight Adventure Equipment Circuit Backpack

OVERVIEW: Here at Trail Lives, we absolutely love Cottage Gear Shops. Some of the best gear tested has come from these unlikely and relatively small companies, which are usually run by hikers like you and I. Founded in 2001 by a fellow thru hiker and located in Utah, Ultralight Adventure Equipment (ULA) offers some amazing ultralightContinue reading “GEAR REVIEW: Ultralight Adventure Equipment Circuit Backpack”

Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Mexico to Kennedy Meadows

Section: Mexican Border to Kennedy Meadows SYSTEM GEAR CARRIED WORN BACKPACK SYSTEM Pack ULA Circuit Pack (XL) 40 Pack Liner Trash Compactor Bag 2.3 SHELTER SYSTEM Tarp Cuben Tarp w/ guy lines 8.14 Bivy Ptarmigan Bivy 5.9 Ground Cloth Gossamer Gear Polycryo 2.95 SLEEP SYSTEM Isulation Top Enigma Quilt 22.75 Insulation Bottom Thermarest NeoAir XliteContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Mexico to Kennedy Meadows”