RUSTENBURG, January 13 (ANA) – The Kingsley Holgate Foundation (KHF) team started 2020 tackling the 3,262m Tlaeeng Summit in Lesotho, one of the highest, driveable road passes in Africa…

The Riding High on Sky team is set to further take on 100 of southern Africa’s highest and toughest mountain passes in just 30 days.

“It’s another tough challenge for our specially kitted-out Land Rovers, but mountain passes are not new to them,” says veteran expedition leader Ross Holgate, who leads the KHF. Ross is Kingsley Holgate’s son.

“Seven summiteer”

One of the colourful expedition members is ‘seven summiteer’ (meaning he’s climbed the highest peaks in each of the world’s seven continents) “Shova” Mike Nixon, one of the ‘Last Lions’ and Land Rover team member of the famed Absa Cape Epic, who will use this journey as high altitude training for the 2020 mountain bike event.

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Paying tribute to Thomas Bain

Starting with the famed Sani Pass and even higher mountain passes of the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Eastern Cape (passes with colourful names like Ben Mac Dhuie, Ongeluks Nek, Ramatselitso and Baster Voetslaan), the ‘Riding High on Sky’ expedition will also pay tribute to Thomas Bain, by following in the footsteps of one of South Africa’s greatest road engineers who, starting in 1848, built famous mountain passes with names like Swartberg, Baviaans, Prince Alfred, Bains Kloof and the ‘Seven Passes’ road.

The team plans to end their 3000 kilometre mountain pass journey in the north west of the country on a pass known as “The Road to Hell”, followed by the seven passes of the Richtersveldt.

The latest expedition started on January 2 and is linked to humanitarian and conservation endeavours, which will be undertaken during the tour.

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