The Ben 10 Eco Challenge

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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.

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

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

Entry Form link below.

Sponsors and advertisers

  • Tiffindell Ski Resort
  • Mountain Shadows Hotel
  • Walkerbouts Inn
  • Tenahead Mountain Lodge
  • Eastern Cape Tourism

Prizes

Will be awarded by lucky draw once the first 20 entries have been completed and then again after the next 20 and so on. There are several prizes on offer which include weekend accommodation, MPSA gear and more.

Rules

01. The challenge is open and free to 4x4 vehicles, adventure motorcycles, MTB riders, walkers and trail runners. (Note that it is not possible to complete some of the passes in a normal car). MTB cyclists, walkers and runners are permitted to move between passes per vehicle.
02. For each pass, a photograph must be submitted showing the applicant, with his/her vehicle at the summit point to prove the pass was driven, ridden, walked or run. We will pick up the date and other information from the properties of the photos for verification purposes.
03. All 10 photographs must be submitted to MPSA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. together with the driver’s full names, age, email address and mobile number.
04. The name of each successful person will be published on this page, in numerical sequence and shall remain on the page in perpetuity.
05. Respect nature and private property and close all farm gates once you have passed through.
06. Every participant needs to understand that there is an element of danger in this challenge and depending on weather conditions, could be life threatening. Take emergency equipment with you and for cyclists, walkers and runners, adequate back-up and medical care.
07. The passes may be driven in any order.
08. Review each pass thoroughly on this website before setting off on the challenge and ensure your vehicle is serviced and properly equipped to deal with the rigours of off-road driving. All the passes are gravel or two spoor jeep track, except for the Barkly Pass which is tarred.
09. No entry will be accepted without entering online on the appropriate form which includes an indemnity form.
10. Please complete the challenge in a sportsmanlike spirit with ethics and honesty being the foundation of what it’s all about. Remember this is not a race. There will be no rewards for anyone racing the passes.
11. In the specific case of the Ben MacDhui Pass, please note that in mid-winter when the ski slope is covered in snow, vehicles are not allowed to drive over the ski slope. Tiffindell have graded an alternative access road onto the pass that avoids the ski-slope. Please make use of this option when there is snow around. If conditions are too difficult to go up the pass by motorcycle or 4x4, then entrants may elect to walk up the pass and we will still validate your result accordingly (with a photo at the summit beacon).

 

Ben 10 Eco Challenge Entry & Indemnity Form

Click here  to enter the Ben 10 Eco Challenge

 

HALL OF FAME RESULTS:

1. Rudi Pieters (Gauteng) / BMW R1200 GSA (Motorcycle) - Completed sucessfully January, 2017.


 2. Zak Nel (Queenstown) /  Mitsubishi Triton (4x4) - Completed successfully 18th to 20th March, 2017


 3. Llesyri Joa (Hout Bay) Honda XR250 Tornado (M/Cycle) - Completed Successfully 18th to 20th March, 2017 (1st Lady to complete the challenge)

  


4. Bruce Muzik (Hout Bay) Kawasaki KLR650 (M/Cycle) - Completed Successfully 18th to 20th March, 2017


5. Scott Hoare - Mitsubishi Triton (Queenstown) - 4x4 - Completed 18th to 20th March, 2017


 6. Johann Alberts - Pretoria - Ford Ranger (4x4) - Completed 18th to 21st March, 2017


 7. Darrell Gebhard - Knysna - BMW 1200 GS Adventure (M/Cycle) - Completed 18th to 21st March, 2017


8. Urs Hunziker - Knysna - / BMW 1200 GSA (M/Cycle) - Completed 18th to 21st March, 2017


 9. Gerrard Booysens - Pretoria / BMW R1200 GSA (Motorcycle) - Completed 18th to 21st March, 2017


 10. Louis Mulder (Alberton) / BMW R1200 GSA (Motorcycle) - Completed 18th to 21st March, 2017


11. Craig Fouche (Port Elizabeth) / Suzuki Jimny (4x4) - Completed 28th April to 1st May, 2017


12. Iain Geldardt (Durban) Toyota Land Cruiser 76 (4x4) - Completed 28th April to 1st May, 2017


13. Schalk van der Linde (Coligny) / KLR 650 (M/Cycle) - Completed 28th April to 30th April, 2017


14. Grant Leicester (Lonehill) / KTM 990 Adventure R - Completed 28th to 30th April, 2017


15. Henry Whitcomb (Kempton Park) / KTM 990 Adventure R (M/Cycle) - Completed 28th to 30th April, 2017

 


16. Danie Van Zyl (Palm Grove, E/Cape) / BMW F800GS (Motorcycle) - Completed 31st Aug to 3rd Sep., 2017


 

Entries as at 25th August, 2017:


01. Zak Nel (Queenstown) /  Mitsubishi Triton (4x4) - Completed.

02. Scott Hoare (Port Elizabeth) / Mitsubishi Triton (4x4) - Completed

03. Johann Alberts (Pretoria) / Ford Ranger (4x4) - Completed

04. Gurney Blackbeard (Durbanville) / Land Rover Discovery (4x4) - Results pending

05. Howard Allum (Plettenberg Bay) / Nissan Patrol (4x4) - Results pending 

06. Mike Leicester (Sandton) / KTM 990 Adventure R (M/Cycle) - Results pending

07. Grant Leicester (Lonehill) / KTM 990 Adventure R (M/Cycle) - Completed

08. Byron Corcoran (Sandton) / KTM 990 Adventure R (M/Cycle) - Results pending

09. Denis Peche (Dainfern) / KTM 990 Adventure R (M/Cycle) - Results pending

10. Leon Hand (Boksburg) / Yamaha Super Tenere XT 1200 Z (M/Cycle) - Results pending

11. Henry Whitcomb (Kempton Park) / KTM 990 Adventure R (M/Cycle) - Completed

12. Sue de Witte (Johannesburg) / Renault Duster (4x4) - Results pending

13. Andrew Weinberg (Johannesburg) / KTM1100 (M/Cycle) - Results pending

14. Darrell Gebhard (Knysna) / BMW 1200 GS Adventure (M/Cycle) - Completed

15. Schalk van der Linde (Coligny) / KLR 650 (M/Cycle) - Completed

16. Colin Pieterse (Pretoria) / Range Rover Classic (4x4) - Results pending

17. Francois Maartens (Gauteng) / Toyota Hilux (4x4) - Results pending

18. Urs Hunziker (Knysna) / BMW 1200GSA (M/Cycle) - Completed

19. Gary Webber (Knysna) BMW 1200 GSA (M/Cycle - Results pending

20. Mike Norton (Pretoria) Toyota Fortuner (4x4) - Results pending

21. Fred Vroomen (Bloemfontein) Jeep Grand Cherokee (4x4) - Results pending

22. Christopher Van Zyl (Knysna) BMW 1200 GSA (M/Cycle - Results pending

23. Frank De Kock (Knysna) BMW 1200 GSA (M/Cycle) - Results pending

24. Iain Geldart (Durban) Toyota Land Cruiser 76 (4x4) - Completed

25. Rocco Pienaar (Jacobsbaai) Isuzu 300 DTEQ DC (4x4) - Results pending

26. Theo van Rooyen (West Coast) Ford Ranger 3.2 Wildtrak (4x4) - Results pending

27. Graeme Kerr (Durban) KTM 990 (M/Cycle) - Results pending

28. Martin Fitchet (Durban) KTM 1190R (M/Cycle) - Results pending

29. Llesyri Joa (Hout Bay) Honda XR250 Tornado (M/Cycle) - Completed

30. Bruce Muzik (Hout Bay) Kawasaki KLR650 (M/Cycle) - Completed

31. Toy Dannhauser (Thornhill Estate) Jeep Cherokee 2.8 CRD Auto (4x4) - Results pending

32. Rudi Pieters (Gauteng) / BMW R1200 GSA (Motorcycle) - Completed.

33. Gerrard Booyens (Pretoria) / BMW R1200 GSA (Motorcycle) - Completed.

34. Louis Mulder (Alberton) / BMW R1200 GSA (Motorcycle) - Completed.

35. Hennie Schlebush (Lichtenburg) / Suzuki DR650 (Motorcycle) - Results pending

36. Craig Fouche (Port Elizabeth) / Suzuki Jimny (4x4) - Completed 

37. Obie Oberholzer (Gauteng) / Pajero 3.2 DID LWB (4x4) - Results pending

38. Buchner Engelbrecht (Port Elizabeth) / Toyota FJ Cruiser - Results pending

39. Luke Allum (Devon, UK) / Yamaha WR250F (Motorcycle) - Results pending

40. Danie van Zyl (Palm Grove, EC) / BMW F800GS (Motorcycle) - Results pending

41. Louw van Niekerk (Virginia, FS) / Land Rover Discovery (4x4) - Results pending.

42. Gavin Bennet (Uitenhage) / VW Touareg (4x4) - Results pending.

43. Hugo Minnaar (Stelenbosch) / Toyota Hilux (4x4) - Results pending.

44. Dreyer van Niekerk (Bloemfontein) / Toyota Fortuner (4x4) - Results pending.

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