… Coming down

Drakensberg Grand Traverse: The epic story

A week ago Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel finished the gnarliest 41 hours of their lives.

At 00h00 – midnight – on Monday, March 24, Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel set off into the darkness from Witsieshoek car park. Their goal: to conquer the Drakensberg Grand Traverse faster than anyone had before. The previous record stood at 60h 29m 30s. Realistically, they were looking to run sub-50 and perhaps to go as low as 45.

They trotted into the finish at Bushman’s Nek on Tuesday afternoon in a time of 41h 49m. Ryan, who’s no stranger to records and has won races on all seven continents, called it a ‘life-changing experience’. Ryno said it was ‘a dream come true, after years of planning.’

This was their journey. 

By Jazz Kuschke