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    Talking Laingsberg Flood Route

    The FWDCSA are doing the Flood Route over the long weekend of the 6-9 August. This route is not often offered to the public. If you are interested in joining us please PM me.

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    Hi Dave,
    Where does this start and end?
    Is it the Buffelspoort route or something different?

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    Hi Philip,
    Yes it's the Buffelspoort route. Difference is we are doing it upstream as opposed to the normal downstream. There are another 3 or 4 trails we are also going to be doing depending on time available.
    Looks like the Forum (Southern Cape) has died a death, really dissapointing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Faddel View Post
    Hi Philip,
    Yes it's the Buffelspoort route. Difference is we are doing it upstream as opposed to the normal downstream. There are another 3 or 4 trails we are also going to be doing depending on time available.
    Looks like the Forum (Southern Cape) has died a death, really dissapointing.
    This should be a very nice trail to do. Almost the end of the year Dave, then I'll come keep you company.
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    Dave,
    Any fresh news on waterlevels??
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    Water levels at this stage are zero, nil, suff all etc.

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    Pity. It's the water that makes that trail.
    * "Wat Spike probeer sÍ in sy min woorde" -Die Skim "
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike View Post
    Pity. It's the water that makes that trail.
    I think Dave is not telling the truth but we,ll see.................
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    Looks promising, Lepogo does this mean you are comming along?. Spike, I agree, I was even busy aranging with a friend to help me fit diff breathers this comming weekend, now i'm not going to bother.
    Last edited by Dave Faddel; 2010/07/20 at 09:03 AM.

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    A couple of months ago you did not give me a choice.................

    I will know and let you know by tuesday 27/7/10

    Still depending on waterlevels
    In 1980 the levels were very high in a very short period of time.....
    I am scared to wet my pants!!
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    Final Countdown, only Lepogo.............. Philip how about it !
    Come on guys, we have to give the trail owner final numbers by tomorrow (Tuesday)

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    Packed and ready to go...........
    Dave, leave my 1964 gas bottle in your store but please remember my aerials.
    Will see you guys at the camping spot.

    1967 gas bottle, amper so blerrie oud soos jy (edited by Dave),
    Last edited by Dave Faddel; 2010/08/05 at 02:47 PM.
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    We are leaving at 2.00pm as a group. See you at the campsite.
    PS Bought myself a VHF radio as well, now have both

    Where are the rest of you guys?

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    Come and gone .......
    This is the most difficult trail I have ever done, no question. Oom Louis the guide made no bones about it and commented that he has never had it as bad as this weekend. We really battled and the going was really slow and difficult. The trail from start to finish took us 12 hours to do. If you look at trail gradings with a grade 5 being rated as:
    1. Experienced drivers only
    2. Recovery equipment essential
    3. Vehicle damage highly likley
    4. Low range, high ground clearance

    All the above were there. All vehicles sustained damage, most were recovered at least once or twice (some becoming Ventertjies, thats another story...) What a trail and what a weekend.
    I will post photos later.

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    Agreed
    Definately the most difficult I have done.
    If there was more water, it will not be doable at all ---- not by any vehicle
    Vehicle damage to 90% of the vehicles

    My Kia was the venter (as per Dave) that had to be towed through almost all the water crossings, partly due to one hub that constantly sucked water and disengaged four wheel drive as i entered a water crossing and also at some sand/uphill areas where the 2.0 lit does not have enough power.
    Ground clearance is essential as the rocks in the water are moved by the vehicle in front of you and are never on the same spot.

    Apart from vehicle damage is was a super weekend and the history behind the "poort" is very interesting.
    I will rate this trail at 4.5.
    It was a super driving experience
    Even with the navigation at night (12 hour trip) makes it a "must be done " trail.
    This is also a great oppurtunity to improve recovery skills.

    Thanks
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    So now??
    We are waiting for the photos, although you cant always see us, we are still hanging around, now please post some action pics

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by russel View Post
    So now??
    We are waiting for the photos, although you cant always see us, we are still hanging around, now please post some action pics
    Thanks
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    only just getting some ready, post tomorrow, then eat your hearts out ....

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    Eat your hearts out...

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ID:	67536 Louis showing Barry the way

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ID:	67538 The N2 East ......

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ID:	67540 O help n bietjie daar (dis n lang stoorie met n ventertjie)

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ID:	67541 Dave stuck on the tar road, again

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ID:	67544 Looking down on our trip, looks so easy
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    ... WOW!! looks Awesome!!! Looks like you got good training in recovery... Wish I was there... mega fun
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