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Galana
10 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

but I did not take them in reverse order.

Now that would be quite feat. Start at the last and go back to number 1.

Even Alice could not do that.:o

BUT I do know what you mean.

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Another fan of the owlet here!!

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Thank you very much @pedro maia

 

On the weekend of the 14th February, we went to a 4x4 trail near the town of Brits. The trail itself is called Moegatle, and is billed as "one of the 5 terror trails of South Africa". Most of the terror is due to one single obstacle, a steep monolith called Koos se Klim (Koos's climb) which, at a measured 43 degrees (or 93%) is the steepest climb in the South African 4x4 world.

 

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23 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

Thank you very much @pedro maia

 

On the weekend of the 14th February, we went to a 4x4 trail near the town of Brits. The trail itself is called Moegatle, and is billed as "one of the 5 terror trails of South Africa". Most of the terror is due to one single obstacle, a steep monolith called Koos se Klim (Koos's climb) which, at a measured 43 degrees (or 93%) is the steepest climb in the South African 4x4 world.

 

I'm looking on in envy Peter. How I wish I could be there! Do you think the Avanza would cope?:rolleyes:

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4 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

I'm looking on in envy Peter. How I wish I could be there! Do you think the Avanza would cope?:rolleyes:

 @Dave Williams, I am not too sure, what do you think?

 

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2 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

I am not too sure, what do you think?

That looks like an almost impossible challenge! A true terror trail!

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Kitsafari

Brilliant shots all round but that owlet is a show-stopper!

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15 hours ago, PeterHG said:

That looks like an almost impossible challenge! A true terror trail!

Peter, things certainly can and have gone badly wrong on that obstacle. When there are multiple videos on youtube, you can tell an obstacle is tricky:

 

(3) Accident @ Moegatle - Koos se Klim /Tsogwe - YouTube

 

(3) Suzuki Jimny Axle Fail up Koos se Klim - YouTube

 

Thank you very much @Kitsafari

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23 minutes ago, Peter Connan said:

When there are multiple videos on youtube, you can tell an obstacle is tricky:

 

and how did you get on?

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@Soukous, at least I came down facing ahead and rather more slowly than either of those two guys. But it did take me three tries to get up. At that angle, there isn't much traction.

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Galana
19 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

43 degrees (or 93%)

Well at least I now understand how these chaps grade slopes. I always thought 100% was a perpendicular wall. Seems not. Now I only have to work out "why!"

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@Galana, 100% is defined as a slope where you move the same distance vertically as you do horizontally.

 

But trust me, if you stand in front of it, it looks just about vertical!

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Ok, getting back on topic

 

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That's a really lovely Egret shot with the Zebra Peter! 

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Galana
9 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

100% is defined as a slope where you move the same distance vertically as you do horizontally.

In our day we called that 1 in 1. Thanks. I never understood this % stuff. I echo @michael-ibkpraise for the Egret.

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Kitsafari

love that shot of the egret with the zebra - the zebra's head seems to emphasize the egret even more. 

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