This news bulletin will the final one for January, as the MPSA team are off to go and film passes for the rest of January. The year has started well with website hits soaring past the 20,000 page views per month mark. Subscriptions have increased dramatically, as have interactions on our FaceBook page. 2014 has seen the production of a series of really spectacular passes including Sani Pass and Seweweeks Poort. This week, we have some fresh material for you: (Expand this page for details)
We've started the new year off with some big name passes, which just happened to reach production because of alphabetical co-incidence! Last week it was the Sani Pass and this week we take you on a cyber drive through the breathtaking Seweweeks Poort on the gravel R323 route between Calitzdorp and Laingsburg.
Robert Meek R.I.P.
Yesterday I (and about 3000 other mourners) attended the funeral of fellow yachtsman Rob Meek at the St Georges Cathedral in Cape Town. The mourners were addressed by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and other dignitaries. Rob Meek was gunned down on the stroke of midnight as his family and friends posed for a new years photograph on the deck of their isolated beach cottage near Port St.Johns in the Transkei, when three youths in balaclavas mounted the deck with guns drawn.....
This is our first first news bulletin of 2014 and for many of you the first working day of the new year. There will be some catching up if you haven't been following the news items. Just click on the NEWS tab and follow the archived news items that you might have missed, as there has been some wonderful new material uploaded during the holiday period.
It is fitting that we kick our first news item of 2014 off with South Africa's most iconic pass - the mighty Sani Pass in KZN. Almost two hours of footage had to be edited down into 2 x 5 minute video clips and still bring the essence of the Sani to life. (Expand this page for the links)
Full Steam Ahead
The beautiful age of steam remains as fond childhood memories for most of us - Of a more relaxed time when travel was not necessary at supersonic speeds. The photo is also representative of our Mountain Passes project, which has grown from infancy into early and productive youth, as we steam our way into the New Year with 329 passes listed. This is our final news bulletin for 2013 and includes a nice little surprise.........
Mountain Passes South Africa have just smashed through the 5000 views per week mark - that is 260,000 views a year. This is a great statistic just received from our analytics team and what impresses us most is that the growth is purely organic - No adwords, no adspend - just people like you who enjoy the site and tell your friends about it. We worked hard all weekend to produce a two part video series on the amazing Otto du Plessis Pass in the Eastern Cape. Most people haven't even heard of it (except the adventure bikers and 4x4 set) as it is far from anywhere and really goes nowhere. It's something of a mystery as to............
Mountain Passes South Africa is a website dedicated to the research, documentation, photographing and filming of the mountain passes of South Africa.
Passes are classified according to provinces and feature a text description, Fact File including GPS data, a fully interactive dual-view map and a narrated YouTube video.
We are as passionate about maps as we are about mountain passes. A good map is a thing of beauty that can transport you into the mists of time or get your sense of adventure churning. It is a place to make discoveries about deserts and seas, mountains and lakes; of roads leading into places you have not been before; a place to pore over holiday destinations or weekend camping trips. A map is your window to the world.