Centenary of the First Ascent of the Sentinel (Northen Drakensberg)

WJ Wybergh and Lt NM McLeod first climbed the Sentinel via the standard route on 29 September 1910.

The KZN section of the mountain club of SA plans to celebrate this ascent on the weekend of the 4-5th September 2010. The idea is for as many people as possible to ascend the Sentinel via any route they wish on the morning of the 4th and then have a celebratory jol at the Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge that evening. (We are happy to provide top-ropes on the two pitches on the Standard route so you won’t need a climbing partner for standard route.)

Entertainment at the dinner will be provide by Anthony van Tonder (slides/video on modern day climbing in the Drakensberg), Gavin Raubenheimer (50th anniversary of first ascent of Angus Leppan route on the Sentinel –
pictures by Cesar de Carvalho) and hopefully someone to tell us about the golden era…

Accommodation options at Witsieshoek lodge (special rates for this event):
1. Double Sentinel rooms: R310 pp sharing (includes breakfast).
2. Bungalow rooms: R280 pp sharing (includes breakfast).
3. Camping with ablutions in adjacent bungalows: R90 pp.

1. Witsieshoek have offered us a fixed evening meal for the Saturday at R75 (including desert), but there is also an a la carte menu in the main dining area (we will hopefully be in a separate area for the presentations and possibly dinner, at this stage not sure if the a la carte option will be available there).
2. The cash bar will be stocked.

Contact details for Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge:
Phone: 058 713 6361/2 or 072 223 9744
Email: lize@tfpd.co.za
Website: www.witsieshoek.co.za

Entry fee at the gate on the road: R10 pp.
The permit to hike is R25 pp.

So, if you are keen:
1. Let Hannelie or myself know via our e-mails (I am away for next two weeks so don’t expect an immediate
response from Bruce). We will start a mail list so you can exchange info, look for climbing partners, lifts,
etc. bruce.tomalin@mondigroup.co.za or morris.hannelie@gmail.com

2. Contact the Witsieshoek lodge as above to book accommodation. Mention you are on the MCSA Sentinel
centenary weekend (to get the prices above!). All payments to them please.



4 Responses to Centenary of the First Ascent of the Sentinel (Northen Drakensberg)

  1. Lize Du Plessis - Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge Jun 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm #


    Due to firebreaks being burned in the morning (22 June) access will be restricted until the burning process is duly completed.
    This may mean that access from the Sentinel car park up the Zigzags to the chain ladder may only be possible from midday onwards.

    We do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    Lize Du Plessis
    Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge
    Maloti Drakensberg
    Tel: +27 (0) 58 713 6361/2
    Lodge Mobile: +27 (0) 72 223 9744
    Website: http://www.witsieshoek.co.za

  2. Bruce Tomalin Jul 20, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    40 and counting! The jol is ON

  3. Bruce Tomalin Aug 6, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    60 plus. Witzieshoek fully booked out!

  4. Bruce Tomalin Sep 7, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    Around 60 people summited the Sentinel on 4 September 2010. 55 of them via the standard route using Hannelie’s innovative RTS (rapid toprope system) up the first pitch! Some stopped there and several ascended via the Angus Leppan route. A few had “fun” on the SE arete…
    It was a major jol!

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