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.

GEAR REVIEW: Titanium Goat Ptarmigan Bivy

Technical Specs Weight: 6.4oz – 7.4oz Size Tested: 76″ chest, 48″ foot, 87″ total length. Construction: 30d waterproof nylon (bottom), Impetus 1.1 (Top) Store: Titanium Goat Mileage before Review: 702 miles Longest Test: 702 miles ***Cottage Shop***

GEAR REVIEW: Montbell Tachyon Anorak

Technical Specs Weight: 2.82 Size Tested: XL Construction: 7-Denier ‘Balistic Airlight’ Nylon coated in Polkatex DWR Store: Montbell Mileage before Review: 2500+ miles Longest Test: 2155 miles ***Thru Hike Tested***

GEAR REVIEW: Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody

Technical Specs Weight: 13.85oz Size Tested: XXL Construction: 850 fil down, Coreloft synthetic insulation. Airetica nylon. Store: Arc’Teryx Mileage before Review: 2000 miles Longest Test: 2000 miles

GEAR REVIEW: Mountain Hardwear Compressor Jacket

Technical Specs Weight: 21.15oz Size Tested: XXL Construction: ThemalQ Elite insulation. 20D ripstop nylon Store: Mountain Hardwear Mileage before Review: 450+ miles Longest Test: 300 miles