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#1 Wizzard

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 08:47 PM

The route to the top.
(that last almost vertical section is scary, particularly coming down when the wind is gusting)
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Two views from the top (for perspective):
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Lastly, a 200 degree panoramic view:
(the forum's software re-sized this heavily, but one get's the idea)
If anyone wants to see a somewhat higher rez version (1/2 full size @ 1.5MB), then follow this link: http://s42.photobuck...929872696651384 (update: This link has been corrected)
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Posted 27 May 2013 - 06:31 AM

Wow. The last time (and first time) I went up there was when i was about 12.
It scared the crap out of me!

Awesome view though :)
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Posted 27 May 2013 - 06:53 AM

Amazing what flimsy devices humanity put their trust in.

Awesome pics :)
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Posted 27 May 2013 - 08:08 AM

Wow. The last time (and first time) I went up there was when i was about 12.
It scared the crap out of me!


As you might or might not know, the cableway was closed in 2005 due to it being in a state of disrepair. Last year (2012) a woman finally got the go-ahead to sue the then cableway operator for R1.2M after she fell 30m. This was the second "accident", the first being a gondola that became detached and fell 18m.

In 2010, the defunkt system was bought by a (foreign ??) new operator, and not only restored, but upgraded to meet international standards. The entire system is Swiss, and they should know a thing or two about aerial cableways, seeing as they have the Alps which are much higher.

Here are some more pics:

1. The original gondolas. (this is probably what you rode in as a child)
Tubular steel frame with fibreglass shell. The connecting arm was rigid, causing the gondola to be unstable in windy conditions.
The modern ones have a dual spring loaded damper mechanism (shown in pic #2)
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2. The mechanism at the station on top of the mountain.
The damper mechanisms on the gondola are clearly visible.
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3. A 'new' gondola leaving the lower station.
These are effectively weatherproof, with only two small sliding windows in the doors.
The doors cannot be opened from inside the gondola.
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Posted 27 May 2013 - 08:19 AM

Amazing what flimsy devices humanity put their trust in.


Same can be said for almost all of mankind's creations. :)
Take an aircraft as an example, notably the small ones.
They're like butterflies in the air, buffeted by any and all turbulance.
At least one can open the side windows to take pics, unlike their larger counterparts.

Re: "Awesome pics :)".

Thanks to all who liked what they saw.

Curious thing was this: while processing some of the images, I still got that funny feeling in my abdomen that I experienced during most of the descent. :huh:


Here's a view inside the lower station:
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Posted 27 May 2013 - 08:34 AM

Amazing what flimsy devices humanity put their trust in.


All things considered, even nature's creations can be 'flimsy'.


Here's a typical example.

Trolltunga in Norway.

That projection is 700m up over the river.

There is no cableway, only a 3km hike from the nearest parking point.

Still. it's a great view.

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 08:47 AM

I didn't even know there was a cable way at hartebeespoort.
didn't there were hills high enough to warrant one.

still seems a little 'old school though... single cable only, tiny gondolas that don't look that much better than the old ones.
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Posted 27 May 2013 - 10:23 AM

As you might or might not know, the cableway was closed in 2005 due to it being in a state of disrepair. Last year (2012) a woman finally got the go-ahead to sue the then cableway operator for R1.2M after she fell 30m. This was the second "accident", the first being a gondola that became detached and fell 18m.


Hmmm... well then it was indeed my last time :D
I knew those things were dodgy. I was there around 96-97
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Posted 27 May 2013 - 10:46 AM

Personally, I think the new system is very reliable.
I did some close scrutiny of the current system, and the entire operation got my 'thumbs up'.
Seeing as I come from a Mil Spec background, that 'thumbs up' does mean something.
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Posted 27 May 2013 - 10:49 AM

didn't know there were hills high enough to warrant one.

CT isn't the only place with nice outcrops of rock for these things. :P :D

As for "old-school", this is a fairly standard size for steep ascents.
Also means a limited mess if one "fails". :)
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 07:40 PM

I would be remiss if I did not close with a Polar Panorama taken at the very peak of the mountain, a little way from the hang-gliding launch point.


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Posted 29 May 2013 - 06:29 AM

I would be remiss if I did not close with a Polar Panorama taken at the very peak of the mountain, a little way from the hang-gliding launch point.


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Pretty cool with the distances on the edges :)
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 09:09 AM

I remember going as a kid.

Glad it still exists, I did a hike up one of those hills a few years ago and it was well worth it.
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Posted 03 June 2013 - 01:38 PM

CT isn't the only place with nice outcrops of rock for these things. :P :D


From the looks of that picture...they used about the ONLY rock suitable for such an item in the entire area!
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Posted 03 June 2013 - 04:34 PM

I didn't even know there was a cableway there!
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Posted 11 June 2013 - 09:21 PM

Finally, here's a better panoramic image from the top of the mountain.

25 images, 130 degree view.
Image is approx 10600 x 2800 pixels, and has been compressed to be just under 2MB in size.

http://s42.photobuck...080870311432797
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:09 AM

Finally, here's a better panoramic image from the top of the mountain.

25 images, 130 degree view.
Image is approx 10600 x 2800 pixels, and has been compressed to be just under 2MB in size.

http://s42.photobuck...080870311432797


Very awesome picture :)
Would not mind seeing the full size one.
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:38 AM

I intend re-taking that panorama during summer months when the pollution isn't so bad. It severely limited visibility of anything near the horizon.
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:53 AM

I intend re-taking that panorama during summer months when the pollution isn't so bad. It severely limited visibility of anything near the horizon.


As long as you get there the day after some rain.
It's a toss-up between some of the squatter camps and the dust from the brick factories.
We live about a 20 minute (or less) drive from there on the same mountain range the cable car is on.
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