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    Default Have we got them all?

    We have recently completed the 46 official mountain passes in Mpumalanga. For those of you living there, please test the site for us and let me know if we have missed anything or if the information is in any way inaccurate. We are also looking for anyone who has HD footage of any of the passes to submit for publication.

    Thanks. Trygve Roberts (MountainPassesSouthAfrica)
    The link is below:
    http://mountainpassessouthafrica.co....pumalanga.html

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    Hi,

    I suppose I can go and look to see where you need footage. My dashcam is usually set to 720 and not HD. I can then set it to HD for specific passes when required.

    I have a tentative plan to go and look out Henningspass next weekend.

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    .....the actual question above was going to be if you have a list indication which passes you need footage for.

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    Ah, that's easy - all of them! Our on vehicle footage to date has been limited to the W/Cape, E/Cape, N/Cape, and KZN. We welcome footage on any of the passes in the other provinces.

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    You have missed these 2... and although they were public roads in the past, it seems that access could be restricted due to farm attacks

    Buffelskloofdam - Rooi Ivoor ... dont know the real name ... 4x2 Diff lock
    start : S24 57 58.7 E30 12 42.2
    finish : S24 47 11.8 E30 17 58.3

    Beetgekraal ... last time after the rains...4x4
    This section do have numerous waterfalls during the rainy season, also part of the black leopard project
    start : S24 55 25.6 E30 19 07.3
    finish : S25 08 42.3 E30 17 23.7

    Would like to join if you are going to survey these


    .... and what about the pass to the radar stations at Mariepskop, Hoedspruit

    See the following way points, but use T4A and not mapsource.... also import them into google earth for better picture

    S24 32 48.3 E30 52 25.4
    S24 34 21.7 E30 51 51.4
    S24 34 22.7 E30 53 05.0
    S24 35 38.2 E30 49 29.1
    S24 35 45.5 E30 52 11.2
    S24 35 05.5 E30 51 45.4
    Frik Eloff
    Isuzu 300tdi D-teq, reg vir die bos....
    Toyota 2.5D4D 4x4 .... my Platkar vir werk

    En ek het 'n probleem vir jou oplossing, en waarom net moeilik wees, as ek met 'n bietjie moeite totaal onmoontlik kan raak ?

    Gee my 'n man
    Wat sÍ wat waar is
    As die duiwel daar is
    Wat doen wat reg is
    As die regter weg is
    Wat trou by sy gewete bly
    As hy straf in plaas van beloning kry.
    ~ C.J. Langenhoven

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    Thanks for those! I have noted them all. Someone else also sent in the data for Mareipskop.

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    Mariepskop is restricted access though. If I remember correctly?

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    If you pre-arrange for permits you can enter.

    S24 35 05.5 E30 51 45.4 Mariepskop Forestry Office...permits
    Frik Eloff
    Isuzu 300tdi D-teq, reg vir die bos....
    Toyota 2.5D4D 4x4 .... my Platkar vir werk

    En ek het 'n probleem vir jou oplossing, en waarom net moeilik wees, as ek met 'n bietjie moeite totaal onmoontlik kan raak ?

    Gee my 'n man
    Wat sÍ wat waar is
    As die duiwel daar is
    Wat doen wat reg is
    As die regter weg is
    Wat trou by sy gewete bly
    As hy straf in plaas van beloning kry.
    ~ C.J. Langenhoven

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    Hey, I did a stint at Mariepskop 1985-1987. Many stories about the road up to Marieps!

    Hilux 3.0 D4D "Goldilocks" - Rigged for overlanding
    ORRA Callsign: X130
    Passionate about alternative energy

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    To make things simple, I am going to list the requirements here for anyone wanting to submit video material.

    1. Must be HD please
    2. Put your video on a memory stick and register mail it to me or courier. I will return your MS with your original video intact by the same method.
    3. Film in NARROW FIELD OF VIEW and not wide angle please.
    4. Mount your camera as high as you can - centre point of vehicle - least amount of vibration, movement or camera shake.
    5. Avoid getting parts of your vehicle into the frame. (ie. Bonnet or bull bar)
    6. Best weather to film is overcast.
    7. Don't film in rain.
    8. Don't film from the dashboard and/or through the windscreen
    9. Sunny weather film between 10 am and 3 pm.
    10. Always try and film with the sun from behind.
    11. Take lots of short clips, rather than one long one. leave out the boring long, straight bits. It saves a lot on editing time.
    12. We will give you credit for the video work.

    We also have a DropBox account, if you prefer that method of transferring data.

    Mailing Address: 1 Grey Street, Welgemoed, 7530
    EMail: trygveroberts at mweb.co.za
    Mobile: 083 658 8888
    Last edited by Trygve Roberts; 2014/08/07 at 05:33 PM. Reason: NEW INFO

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    That then rules out my internal dashcam.

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    The problem with dashcams is that they pick up glare, reflection and dirt on the windscreen which does not deliver the sort of result we like to put on the website. Is there a way you can mount it on the bonnet or roof with a suction cup?

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    The unit I have is not weather and/or impact resistant. I will not want to take the chance to mount it outside the vehicle. I do agree that depending where the sun is, there is quite a bit of glare unfortunately. I will post a link of footage I took at Hennings Pass the other day to look at.

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    Copy that. I have seen some good dashcam recordings. There are a number of things you can do to make sure you get a good result. Keep your dashboard as dull as possible. Keep your windscreen as clean as possible. Clean the windscreen just before filming and make sure its dry. There's nothing worse than a gogga that decided to commit suicide right in the field of view. lets have a look and see what we can use. I'm willing to give it a try.

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    Here's the link of the video I posted for Hennings Pass. Just a note that on this video the camera was set to low. I usually set it much higher to show less of the bonnet. The camera sits on the windscreen behind the rear view mirror. Iso did some editing in the video to remove unwanted parts etc. trying to save it in HD did not want to work. I am not sure why. I had to reduce the quality in order to save it.

    For this particular pass I would like to suggest another end point, but that is a discussion for another time.

    http://youtu.be/_-f_mouh-Jg

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    Danie - That's not bad at all! I reckon we should give it a go. Just mount the dashcam higher up so that the bonnet is not in the field of view. Good job. I am also happy to revise the end point. You've driven it, not me, so let's pin point the end.

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    Very nice website!

    One suggestion: A provincial landing page with a map showing the location of all the passes in that province with links to them would (in my opinion) like the Master Orientation Map make the site more user friendly.

    Something else, there is an old disused pass north of Barberton that I once travelled with the Lowveld Land Rover Owners' Club. Will try to get some details.

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    Default Good suggestion

    I quite like your suggestion for a provincial landing page, but I suppose the national one does the job just as well. It only requires a bit of a zoom and all the detail you need is there, but I will certainly put your idea into the think tank folder for future reference.
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