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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby ndloti » Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:49 am

I must apologise if I offended anyone with my posting where I insinuated that those who commented that my posting (where I quoted Brendans wise words on the wilderness) was perhaps "heavy" , were "phillistines" as they seemingly to me did not appreciate the wilderness ethos fully , please understand that these were intended to be light hearted .

The post was deleted - the mods pm'd me telling me my post was offensive ... with a final written warning , so obviously sommeone was offended .
Please do PM me if anyone felt aggrieved - I would like to personally apologise.
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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby rusky » Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:24 am

loved the report JvR and looking forward to the next one.
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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:52 pm

Cherries wrote:WOW and double WOW!! :big_eyes:

That area looks like a long walk from camp!

Etienne thanks so much for your very informative input! I can see this is going to be one s-e-e-r-i-u-s trip!

Johan and party - me thinks you guys are going to nail this one! :dance: :dance:


Me thinks so too, Jackie! :lol:

BTW, it really looks worse in Etienne's post than what the reality is... Whatever pentad we decide on for the March trip, we do not have to walk all the way there! Arrangements are in place to transport us to a drop zone very close to the edges of, if not inside the pentad we will be working in.

During this last trip it is estimated that we walked a total distance not exceeding 18 km over the four days... in spite of the terrain, that is really very easy going!
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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:02 pm

Etienne Hinrichsen wrote:

:think: using our pentad (2300_3100) as the center point...


We may not be doing 2300_3100, Etienne. The one very attractive feature in this pentad, the Mooigesigt Dam, seems to have suffered some damage (in the recent floods?) and is but a shadow of it former glory. Brenden will have the final say (2300_3100 may still be good...) as to which pentad he believes has the greatest potential to really put up some great numbers/sightings.

Etienne Hinrichsen wrote:

- 293 different bird species have been recorded on these 62 cards accorss these 25 pentads that surround the area in which we will be walking.

I'll email the list of species indicated above to all of you that are walking (and birding) at the end of March :thumbs_up:


You are cooking, Etienne! :lol: I luvit when another 'mite gets so super-excited! Looking forward to that list.
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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Waterbuck » Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:50 pm

Jackie (Cherries) thanks for the compliment - having as much fun with planning as I will be having on the trip :dance:

Johan, sorry if I let out too soon with pentad choice. I realize that we will be in Brenden's hands regarding final pentad choice. I agree that 2300_3100 looks great from the Mooigesight Dam point of view and sad to hear that the dam (which looks great on a map) is no longer its former self :cry:

Thinking of it, I'm probably like a greedy child in a candy store (or a home mechanic in Midas) wanting to tackle a virgin pentad.......fact of the matter is that any day in any spot in the Wilderness is actually a privileged.

2300_3125 directly north of Shingwedzi also looks like a diverse and interesting spot, with the Biesievleidam. Here again, the dam wall already shows damage in the 2008 satellite photo, so not sure of the current condition.

Let me leave it to the pro's :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby JenB » Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:58 pm

Sounds like fun! :D

I'm walking the dog every day now so I might be ready to join you in 2015. :redface: :lol:
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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Waterbuck » Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:19 pm

Fellow Atlasers :roll:
If I had to carry the tent I have at the moment on the coming trip I'll probably get to base camp in time for breakfast on the second day. If any of you are in the same position and if you are looking for a nice tent without increasing your bond, I've found the 360 Degree Moonlight 2 Hiking Tent to be a good option. At 1,9 KG in weight and costing R 900, it suites me just fine :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:49 pm

:shock: 1,9 kg... much too much for me :lol:
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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby joanm456 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:14 pm

What a great report on your trip. The pictures are breathtaking! The picture of the spider I showed to my daughter, she was ready to kill it. She runs at the sight of them dead or alive.

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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:59 pm

Fantastic and successful trip, report and pics Johan. :clap:
Thanks so much for sharing it with us and I look forward to the March one. 8)
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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:28 pm

11 sleeps to go to the second Mpongolo walk. Although we have had a fully paid up team, the last member of the team to join, Etienne, finds himself in a bind and needs to withdraw. So, once again we have a space open!

Any takers?
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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby hilda » Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:57 am

Hope you find a replacement soon! :wink:
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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:41 am

I have a nibble already! :lol:
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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:25 pm

This "fish" took the bait, swam all the way to the side, put the bait back in the bait box and got into the keepnet all by himself! :lol:

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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Waterbuck » Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:47 pm

Good fishing Johan :shock:

......... I'm the poor fish that had to get out the keep-net to make space for this new one.........but my day in the keep-net will come again :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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