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MPSA nominated for an award by the Govt of the Western Cape:
Yesterday we received notification that MPSA has been nominated for an award for 'Best Contribution to the Standardisation and Public Awareness of Geographical Names'. More news on this in two weeks time.
Featured pass of the week:
Our featured pass this week traverses the Sneeuberg range and more specifcally the Wapadsberg mountain. This high altitude pass is located on the R61 route and connects the N9 north of Graaff Reinet with Cradock to the east. This modern version of the pass is a major improvement over the old pass, which remnants can still be seen from the main view-site near the summit.
Along the pass most of the latest engineering techniques can be seen, which include shotcrete supporting of unstable rock faces, wire rock cages to stabilize steeper sections, metal link drop nets to prevent rocks falling on the roadway and long sections of wide V water channels. Most of the steeper sections of the ascents are provided with double lanes to facilitate overtaking of slower moving vehicles. The modern engineering make this pass fairly safe to drive, except in misty, ice or snow conditions.
With a summit altitude of 1768m ASL this pass falls well above the snow line and if you drive this pass in the heart of the winter, make sure you have warm clothing with you, as temperatures regularly fall well below zero. In such cases ice on the tarmac makes driving extremely dangerous and the pass will be closed to traffic.
***** WAPADSBERG PASS *****
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