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Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby hilda » Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:05 am

Welcome and the very best of luck to you Leonie2! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:47 am

6 sleeps to go!

I’m leaving for KNP on Friday already and started getting my equipment and baggage sorted last night. It is a lekker (wonderful) activity to systematically set out all the stuff that need to go with, checking every individual item for functionality!

I got a new toy over the weekend: a voice-activated recorder that interfaces with software to deliver a word document. Apparently it’s like dictation to a super secretary… I hope this is going to make my trip reports go a bit faster!

For the rest of the week I will be “playing” with the new toy to master all its functions. I’m holding thumbs that it accomplishes its work as I imagine it to…
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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby JenB » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:24 am

Wow, you're off again JvR! :dance:
Happy packing! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Leonie2 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:33 am

HI there fellow atlassers

I'm the replacement player for the 'injured' Etienne. Really looking forward to the trip and meeting you all. Its a mad rush to get all the gear ready and start planning meal options. Planning a trip like this is half the fun.

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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Asanja » Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:29 am

Good Morning to you all.

Just throwing it out there, Use it or loose it, If the complexity of the "real world" is getting you down, and you could not get a spot on the trail going out on the 25 of March, There is still space available for the trail departing on the 28 of March, I can promise that the minimalistic essence of the wilderness will wash away your burdens and free you from your woes... for a little while at least.

For those of you joining on the 25th, if your time and budget can allow, why not make it a back-to-back, and head out again on the 28. you can have quick shower, if need be, top on your food and maybe a clean shirt if you so desire, and we head out again in the afternoon?

Any way just planting the seed.

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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Multiflorum » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:28 am

I take it the trip leaving on 28 March will not be a bird atlassing one though? Who are the guides doing this one?

For those leaving on 25 March, best of luck!

We had a wonderful time in February.

I so wish I could be there to do it again, but my schedule wont quite permit me the opportunity.

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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Asanja » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:50 am

The trail departing on the 28 will be lead by Julie Wolhuter and Hans Enslin, it will not have the specific agenda of atlassing, However if the group or individuals are keen, this can definitely be accommodated, as both have been involved in atlassing on a couple of prior occasion.

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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Tilandi » Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:22 pm

1sleep Johan. Good luck and enjoy your trip! :lol: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:53 pm

Tilandi wrote:1sleep Johan. Good luck and enjoy your trip! :lol: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


Yeah! Tomorrow night I'll be trying out a Skukuza safari tent bed!

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Looks like it is only you and me that are excited about that walk in the wilderness! At the moment I am furiously busy packing and I have this idea that the adrenaline levels are going to keep me awake right through this last sleep! I wonder what my fellow atlassers are doing... :hmz:
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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Ladybirder » Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:30 pm

Enjoy this trip, I am jealous .

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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Pooh Bear » Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:24 am

Johan van Rensburg wrote: I wonder what my fellow atlassers are doing...
This fellow atlasser is working through the night - again. So much to do I can't find the time to get excited right now - but will on Saturday! :dance:

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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Leonie2 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:37 am

Same here. Was hectic trying to re-schedule all the work but will defenitely be worth it.

Did my first dry run on packing the backpack last night. Already very full with 5l water and all food still to come...maybe I will have to leave one of the 6-pack beers behind?

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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby Cherries » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:50 am

Do have lots of fun Leonie2.... maybe one of the musketeers will carry the beer for you with a little bit of bribery of course!!

Can't wait for the second trip report from Johan and Party!

There's is one consolation Leonie - your backpack will get a bit lighter after each day! :wink:

Wishing you a great birding time.

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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby joanm456 » Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:10 pm

Have a great time on this trip, can't wait to see all the wonderful pics and read the TR.

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Re: Atlassing Kruger... on foot!

Unread postby dianne » Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:29 pm

We got back yesterday and I was completely blown away. It ranks as my all-time favourite KNP experience.

JvR - what a legend you are for organising it!

Julie and Brenden are phenomenal guides, the trail concept is unique, the Mphongolo Wilderness Area is exceptionally special, the company was excellent and the birding was just fantastic!

As I'm fast running out of appropriate adjectives I'll leave it at that for now...except to say that after being immersed in the wilderness for 4 days and 3 nights, being back in the 'real' world sucks!

I'm looking forward to the team sharing more about the atlassing results as soon as all the data is loaded - everyone did a brilliant job :thumbs_up:
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