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The Race for Pace

Today began with me (Stephen) leaving Semenyane Village, and Mme Annna’s BnB, at 5:30 as the guys managed to get message through that they may be further ahead than they had hoped. They were varied in how far ahead, but the results are in.  I managed tio finally meet up with them by the main Weir, on the Senqu, near Mantilane Village (30 03.6 S; 28 306 E), they had pushed hard and were there around 11 am. tonights (Night 6) sheduled overnight stop had been passed 15km earlier.  The guys will finish today a massive 32 km ahead of where they had originally planned to.

The guys after a hard day and a half's paddling

The guys after a hard day and a half’s paddling

Ahead lies a grueling 3 day stage, which will put them within striking distance (48km) of the finish point just inside the border.  Tonight we will overnight in the Hapatella Camp along side the Senqu River.


About jurie pohl

Life is what you make of it. I spend as much time as humanly possible, off the beaten track. where I do not have a choice though, I stay on the track. most of these tracks are within the Drakensberg World Heritage Site. I have been hiking and leading groups professionally for 6 years and have got well over a thousand hours under the belt. I have done more Passes and solo-expeditions than I can recall, most notably of them, the Grand Traverse. The Senqu expedition was an adventure I could simply not negate. I am sure however, that it will not be the last time I undertake a grand venture and am in fact, already dreaming of the next exploratory challenge! Milk it while you can!

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