Author Topic: Ben 10 Eco Challange  (Read 1015 times)  Share 

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline SARemco

  • -
  • Global Moderator
  • Full Niva Petrol Head
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2016
  • Posts: 197
  • Karma: 2
  • -
  • City: Randburg
  • Country: South Africa
  • Province / State: Gauteng
Ben 10 Eco Challange
« on: May 23, 2019, 12:08:24 pm »
While trying to find out some more information on the Hogsback 4x4 track/Mountain trail i came across the Ben 10 Eco Challenge.

Its basically 10 Mountain passes that you have to do within 7 days by walking, on a bicycle Bike or 4x4.
No Lada Niva driver has attempted this Challenge..

Courtney and myself will take on this challenge while being in the area for the 3rd National event this year September.
Will keep the progress of the challenge updated through this Forum topic with pictures.

Aim of The Ben 10 Eco Challenge
To drive ten specific high altitude gravel passes within a time frame of seven days, whilst enjoying the beautiful Eastern Cape highlands scenery. In the process you will be supporting eco-tourism in this remote part of the Eastern Cape, thereby uplifting the local population.

The order we will drive the passes:

01. Joubert’s Pass (2234m)
02. Otto du Plessis Pass (2115m)
03. Barkly Pass (2018m)
04. Bastervoetpad Pass (2240m]
05. Naudes Nek Pass (2590m]
06. TTT [Tiffindell-Tenahead Traverse] (2720m)
07. Carlisleshoekspruit Pass (2563m)
08. Ben MacDhui Pass (3001m)
09. Volunteershoek Pass (2581m)
10. Lundin’s Nek Pass (2170m)


The order we actually driven the passes:
01. Joubert’s Pass (2234m)
Starts/end in Lady Grey - a shorter scenic loop over the Witteberg Mountains past beautiful farmlands and through Lammergeier Nature reserve to the R58.

02. Otto du Plessis Pass (2115m)
A wild, unspoiled, steep solitary pass with panoramic views off the escarpment. Excellent birding includes Drakensburg Rock-jumpers, Ground Woodpeckers & Drakensburg Siskins

03. Barkly Pass (2018m)
Place of the Dinosaurs. This is a lovely winding sealed road pass (done it 4 times during our trip) and feels like an F-1 Track after all the Dirt/4x4 roads. The area is Famous for the discovery of one of the world largest jurassic period, dinosaur fossils in 2013.

04. Bastervoetpad Pass (2240m]
This is the most technical, meanest pass in south africa (it is indeed mean. most damage was caused on this pass) Weather conditions need to be checked. back up or convoy vehciles are HIGHLY recommended. once at the summit you will have a great view over the Escarpment.

05. Lundin’s Nek Pass (2170m)
This pass follows the Telle River bordering Lesotho and RSA. There is a turn-off to "Dangers Hoek" if you have the time. Rough road, but from the top, a scenic short descent into the Wartrail (also known as Volunteershoek Pass) Farming area.

06. Volunteershoek Pass (2581m)
4th Highest pass in South Africa. the Pass runs from the farming community of wartrail and new england, up to the high plateau of hawkshead and on to Tiffendell Ski Resort. With narrow precipitous drop-offs on an unprepared surface and a series of water fords if wet, it can be mean pass, so take it as it comes. The wartrail area has wonderful views and there are some interesting rock formations, the most notable of which is "FunnyStone".

07. Ben MacDhui Pass (3001m)
THE Highest pass in South Africa. Known by locals as "Makhollo" (Great Mother), and referred to as "Ben Mac 3001". This iconic tough switch back road is the highest pass in South Africa. This Bucket list drive is worth it just for the Photo at the top. its poular hiking trip even in a snowy winter.

08. Carlisleshoekspruit Pass (2563m)
5th highest pass in South Africa. The pass runs from the national monument village of Rhodes to Tiffendell. The fifth highest pass in RSA is a scenic and steep. You will need controlled power as concrete S bends zigzag their way up the most nerve racking section. Just keep going! Keep an eye out for the mountain reed buck (seen 3, on other passes to) and secretary Bird (also spotted nearby) on the plateau.

09. TTT [Tiffindell-Tenahead Traverse] (2720m)
Highest traverse and second highest pass in South Africa. This rugged gravel and rock road takes you from Tiffindell to Tenahead (Tiffindell To Tenahead - TTT). it is the highest traverse road in south africa. complete remoteness as you straddle the lesotho border, the police outpost lead you past the Cairntoul Stock Theft police station, arriving at Tenahead, then onto the top of Naude Nek. Not to be underestimated whatever the weather conditions are. its a slow going - 27Km route a minimum of 2 hours is required.

10. Naudes Nek Pass (2590m)

Third highest pass in South Africa. Connecting Mt Fletcher @Maclear with Rhodes, this Gruelling pass was pioneered by the intrepid Naude brother in the 1890. Expect Spectacular views from the summit of the escarpment down towards the Wild Coast.   

How it Works
Drive, ride, cycle, run or walk all 10 passes within 7 days, taking time to discover the natural wonders of the Eastern Cape Highlands and enjoy the local hospitality. This is not a race, but rather an opportunity to embrace eco-tourism in its finest form. The best places to secure accommodation are around Rhodes. Please support the businesses that are supporting this challenge and providing the prizes, which include 2 nights free accommodation. The prizes will be drawn by lucky draw once we reach the first 20 completed entries and again at 40 entries, ad infinatum.

Below the map and route I'm planning to take.

First driving down to Hogsback (over period of 2 days) I will start at Lady grey and drive the route towards Elliot.
then its time to enjoy the National event with like minded people and some Pub crawling evenings.
On the way back I will go to Elliot to do the remaining passes and probably stay for night in Rhodes.
Once the BEN 10 challenge is completed we will head east towards the well know Sani pass for a celebration of the completed challenge in the highest pub of africa.

Epic trip awesome challenge. Cant wait...

Plan of our route is shown below...
« Last Edit: October 09, 2019, 11:32:31 am by SARemco »

Offline Mogamat

  • New Niva Petrol head
  • *
  • Join Date: Mar 2018
  • Posts: 7
  • Karma: 0
  • City: Cape town
  • Country: South Africa
  • Province / State: Western cape
Re: Ben 10 Eco Challange
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2019, 10:13:22 am »
Sounds awesome..
Definitely adding this to the bucket list
« Last Edit: September 30, 2019, 03:32:24 pm by SARemco »

Offline SARemco

  • -
  • Global Moderator
  • Full Niva Petrol Head
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2016
  • Posts: 197
  • Karma: 2
  • -
  • City: Randburg
  • Country: South Africa
  • Province / State: Gauteng
Re: Ben 10 Eco Challange
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2019, 11:49:17 am »
Send by mail.

If you complete the challenge, it will be the first Lada. A Renault Duster has completed it so the Lada should have no real problems. The big factor is always the weather. Enjoy it and prepare yourself well by watching all the videos of the 10 challenge passes, but remember that the videos look much easier than what it is in reality.


Regards,
Trygve [Robby] Roberts
+27 83 658 8888 
info@MountainPassesSouthAfrica.co.za
www.mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za

« Last Edit: September 30, 2019, 03:32:06 pm by SARemco »

Offline Courtney99

  • New Niva Petrol head
  • *
  • Join Date: Feb 2015
  • Posts: 34
  • Karma: 0
  • City: Pretoria
  • Country: South Africa
  • Province / State: Gauteng
Re: Ben 10 Eco Challange
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2019, 12:48:33 pm »
Looking forward @SARemco,


There is a lot of planning going into this trip and a lot of work to do still!

Offline SARemco

  • -
  • Global Moderator
  • Full Niva Petrol Head
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2016
  • Posts: 197
  • Karma: 2
  • -
  • City: Randburg
  • Country: South Africa
  • Province / State: Gauteng
Re: Ben 10 Eco Challange
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2019, 03:16:04 pm »
I am happy to inform you that our Lada Nivas - Eddie (courtney) & Murphy (Remco) has completed the BEN 10 ECO CHALLENGE.

What a fantastic trip it was with breath taking views and awesome technical 4x4ing.

Here are the results.
 - Joubert pass 20th of September 2019 08h00
 - Otto Du Plessis pass 20th of September 2019 11h00 (no sign board only frame)
 - Barkly pass 20th of September 2019 13h00
 - Bastervoet pass 20th of September 219 14h45 (no signboard only frame)

Break for national Lada Niva get together in Hogsback 21st, 22nd, 23rd.

 - Ludins nek pass 24th of September 2019 17h00

 - Volenteers hoek pass 25th of September 2019 06h00
 - Ben MC dhui pass 25th of September 2019 09h00
 - Charles hoek pass 25th of September 2019 11h00
 - TTT pass 25th of September 2019 13h00
 - Naude nek pass 25th of September 2019 15h00 (old signboard)

Offline SARemco

  • -
  • Global Moderator
  • Full Niva Petrol Head
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2016
  • Posts: 197
  • Karma: 2
  • -
  • City: Randburg
  • Country: South Africa
  • Province / State: Gauteng
Re: Ben 10 Eco Challange
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2019, 03:17:37 pm »
the other mountain passes

Offline SARemco

  • -
  • Global Moderator
  • Full Niva Petrol Head
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2016
  • Posts: 197
  • Karma: 2
  • -
  • City: Randburg
  • Country: South Africa
  • Province / State: Gauteng
Re: Ben 10 Eco Challange
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2019, 03:18:36 pm »
last 2 passes with TTT Pass being a really awesome drive.

Offline Ari bezuidenhout

  • Administrator
  • Veteran Niva Petrol Head
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2014
  • Posts: 610
  • Karma: 2
  • City: PE
  • Country: SA
  • Province / State: EC
Re: Ben 10 Eco Challange
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2019, 03:39:05 pm »
nice,

looks like you had fun


My Lada runs on grace from God, and breaks due to my failings.

Offline SARemco

  • -
  • Global Moderator
  • Full Niva Petrol Head
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2016
  • Posts: 197
  • Karma: 2
  • -
  • City: Randburg
  • Country: South Africa
  • Province / State: Gauteng
Re: Ben 10 Eco Challange
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2019, 11:17:15 am »
Write up of our travels during our 3000KM trip including the nationals, Eco ben 10 Challange, Sani pass, Lesotho and back home.

Day 1.

Months went passed prepping the vehicle weekends of working in under and over the car. Now the day has come to start the epic trip. Sun was rising some last-minute packing was done. House keys handed over to our oversea house sitter. Let’s start the vehicle…. Nothing…. Opened the hood, luckily the battery was just disconnected. Second time lets start the vehicle. The engine started. We ready to go WHOOHOO

As we drove away from our little home we noticed that there was a slight vibration by the TC (yes indeed not even 10KM in the 3000KM trip and the shit started) while driving to get our breakfast at the wimpy in Sasolburg and meeting with our fellow expedition travellers Courtney and Bianca, we noticed that if we stick below 100kmh the vibration will stay at a minimum. This suited us perfect as it would force us to keep between 90/100 kmh. With the roof rack filled with stuff and the Rooftop Tent causing massive wind drag at speed, it wouldn’t be financially smart to go over 100kmh anyway.
Being delayed already slightly due to limitation to our speed we arrived in Sasolburg at 08H00 meeting with Courtney and Bianca. After a typical South African wimpy breakfast, we double checked the vehicles had a chat with some local guys recognising the Nivas and head off further down south.

From Heilbron we headed to VEGKOP monument. A short stop had a look at the monument and where quite impressed with the story of 35 settlers fighting of 4000 tribesmen.  After being tourist, we drove further on the first bit of dirt road towards Lindsey. Nice soft sand made an easy drive. We came across a cool old bridge and while driving the scuttle braai decided to see how high it could fly. Luckily no further damage and continued.

The end of the dirt road was just before Lindsay. We did fell behind schedule taking the dirtroad so from here we planned to go straight to Aliwal North where Kobus was waiting for us. We knew that the first travel day was aimed of just driving as much KM’s as possible. When we reached Wepener we felt a bit nackered and decided to find a nice local place to get a drink and chill in silence. Hours of Niva rattling took its toll and we needed to relax a bit. Getting in Wepener was like entering one of these apocalypse movie scenes. The locals looked like hungry zombies the buildings including the municipality building was burned down. Nature was already claiming back the land. We decided to get out of Wepener quickly before the bridge would collapse to. Although tired we continued straight to Aliwal North. When we reached the bridge to get into the Eastern Cape and Aliwal North at 17H30 we were relieved, although Courtney and myself didn’t realize that we would wait another 24hours+ before we could relax.

Kobus was waiting by his gate and welcomed us in. we parked the Nivas set up camp (half) and…. Went straight to work. No time to relax, we need to get Kobus Niva running so he could join us the following day. While working on Kobus Niva dinner was prepared. Once ready we joined the table had a short chat and listened to Kobus and his misses love story. Then back to work. We worked on the vehicle till 02H00. All essentials has been assembled now Courtney had to do his magic to set the timing and start the vehicle. And it did! however joy was short lived as the solenoid of the started got stuffed. Being 03H00 we decided to just continue talking all the problems out of the world, have another cup of coffee and finish to smaller stuff on the vehicle until 05h00 to start our second day of traveling.
« Last Edit: October 17, 2019, 11:20:24 am by SARemco »

Offline Ari bezuidenhout

  • Administrator
  • Veteran Niva Petrol Head
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2014
  • Posts: 610
  • Karma: 2
  • City: PE
  • Country: SA
  • Province / State: EC
Re: Ben 10 Eco Challange
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2019, 11:26:48 am »
Nice start Remco,

Cant wait for day 2....


My Lada runs on grace from God, and breaks due to my failings.

Offline Courtney99

  • New Niva Petrol head
  • *
  • Join Date: Feb 2015
  • Posts: 34
  • Karma: 0
  • City: Pretoria
  • Country: South Africa
  • Province / State: Gauteng
Re: Ben 10 Eco Challange
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2019, 05:13:33 pm »
How is day 2 coming along :)?

Offline SARemco

  • -
  • Global Moderator
  • Full Niva Petrol Head
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2016
  • Posts: 197
  • Karma: 2
  • -
  • City: Randburg
  • Country: South Africa
  • Province / State: Gauteng
Re: Ben 10 Eco Challange
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2019, 09:56:23 pm »
I Wrote day 2 and 3 but didn't save it then laptop had to be restarted  >:( :'(

Offline Ari bezuidenhout

  • Administrator
  • Veteran Niva Petrol Head
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2014
  • Posts: 610
  • Karma: 2
  • City: PE
  • Country: SA
  • Province / State: EC
Re: Ben 10 Eco Challange
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2019, 08:19:56 am »
 :'( :'( >:( >:(


My Lada runs on grace from God, and breaks due to my failings.

Offline SARemco

  • -
  • Global Moderator
  • Full Niva Petrol Head
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2016
  • Posts: 197
  • Karma: 2
  • -
  • City: Randburg
  • Country: South Africa
  • Province / State: Gauteng
Re: Ben 10 Eco Challange
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2019, 09:55:12 am »
Microsoft, they cant make it easier but they will keep it challenging.....
no worries will work on it this weekend. while planning the next trip.