Jurie Pohl – Born 2 September 1983.
Studied IT, Have done my Rescue Divers, done 2 First Aid Courses, Done Occupational Health and Safety, studied Project Management, and have been on senior management for Spirit of Adventure for 6 years. All in all, there is no better time spent than missioning through a jungle, fighting mountain passes and discovering your limits and values as you tick off each new adventure.
Brought up in the bushveld, I have always had a deep love for the wilderness, none more than the Drakensberg region. It is where my soul really comes alive. I have spent in excess of 2000hrs in the mountains, doing hikes / pass summits on my own, hiking with mates and leading more groups (in a professional context) than I can recollect. The numbers of people I would have lead into (and safely out of) the Drakensberg would be over 1000 by now (I have been doing it professionally for 6 years). I have also done numerous hikes into the Lesotho Highlands, and have done The Grand Traverse (most of it anyway) on my own. It was a self-supported continuous run (168km) at an average altitude of over 3000m over some grueling terrain (7 very specific checkpoints had to be reached, some of them amongst the highest peaks south of Kilimanjaro). An ankle sprain, knee injury, severe winds, extreme cold, extreme heat and even a snow blizzard were amongst the challenges I had to battle through. My passion for the Drakensberg / Lesotho highlands is undying, and to be able to undertake a never before done expedition down one of Africa’s prime Rivers, through some of Africa’s most spectacular wilderness, and to have the privilege of doing this for a truly noble cause, is the most tremendous gift any adventure loving person could ever dream of!
Jurie Pohl and Devon Flanagan will team up in November 2013 to travel from the source of the Senqu to the South African border. More on this coming soon!! – Franz Fuls