Adventure Crew conquer the Fish River Canyon: A group of Karoo peeps recently did the Fish River Canyon hike in Namibia, and thought it would be a good write up of interest. 12 of us drove just over 1000 kilos to get to Ai-Ais Resort and hot springs as our base camp. The hike was 90 kilos which took us 5 days and 4 nights camping on the river banks.
Most importantly a well established figure in the Graaff-Reinet community, Yvonne Drummond ( Aged 66) was one of the Canyon hikers. I think this is a tremendous fete to do at her age and the vasbyt spirit she showed was an inspiration to the entire group. Yvonne and the rest of the group descended a sheer cliff face to reach the bottom of the Canyon. Yvonne had slipped and cut her leg open within an hour of day one and had passed out from seeing her blood and possibly the combination of the toughness of the drop into the Canyon. After coming round, with the help from the elder members, Yvonne continued the hike and finished in true Karoo grit. Yvonne needs to be commended on the fighter spirit she showed to push through, not to mention a few bulging blisters too. The heat throughout the middle portions of the day was, at points, extremely severe, and many ended up having to cover under trees at stops for shade. Walking approximately 10-23 kilos a day through soft River sand and boulders proved that the hike not be taken lightly and that a constant supply of water was essential. The temperatures at night dropped to about 5 degrees but camp fires kept us in good spirit and created the gees we needed. The Canyon should be a big bucket list achievement for our Adventure Enthusiasts and is highly recommended.
Conquerors of The Canyon: John & Lorette Luscombe, Yvonne Drummond, Linda Walker, Robyn Minnie, Roland Luscombe (follow on Instagram @Rolusky), Andrew Luscombe, Jen Rubidge, Hillary Palme, Murray Luscombe (follow on Instagram @Freewalkersa), Eira Palme and Minuche Snyman.
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