About - 9 Peaks
The 9 Peaks Challenge includes the ascent of the highest point of each province of the Republic of South Africa. To successfully challenge a category record the challenger/s need to adhere to all applicable rules. The clock starts at the foot of the first peak and stops on the summit of the last peak.
The 9 Peaks Challenge has been around for longer than most people realise. It has been attempted by numerous teams and individuals since the Republic of South Africa went from four to nine provinces in 1994. During March of 2011 the first solo non-stop journey was undertaken by Kobus Bresler. He successfully completed the challenge after numerous mistakes, frustrations, scary moments and most importantly, a super adventure.
Shortly after, Kobus was invited to the FEATSA stage and numerous radio and newspaper interviews followed. People were now talking about this amazing mini-adventure right here in South Africa. All this new attention led to a formal structure for the 9 Peaks Challenge, which is still administered by Kobus.
The aim of Kobus' trip was not to set a record or achieve a fastest time, but rather to break ground and become the first person to achieve the Solo 9 Peaks in less than 9 days. Kobus made it clear afterwards that the mistakes were now made and that we could all learn from his attempt. He felt that the real time should be much faster than what he achieved. The fastest known time for a team during March 2011 was only 8 days, 16 hours.
Shortly after Kobus completed the solo challenge, a few interested people set out to face the hills, mostly with little success. It was only when Daniel Barnard and George Louw challenged the team record in December of 2012 that a real effort was made to improve on the time. The new team record was set at 4 days, 18 hours. Daniel then took it one step further by challenging the solo record during July of 2014. He successfully completed the journey and the new solo record was confirmed at 4 days, 16 hours, 34 minutes.
Over the years the 9 Peaks have been challenged on behalf of various charitable causes. Most notably has been the 9999 Challenge hosted by Meals on Wheels SA.
During March of 2015 the father/daughter pair, Colin and Bianca Cooper, set out on single speed bicycles to complete the 9 Peaks Challenge and raise much needed funds and awareness for the Qhubeka initiative. They completed their journey 45 days later, making them the first people to successfully complete the 9 Peaks Cycle Challenge.
Subsequently the rules have been amended to add to the adventure and to make it more consistent, accessible and transparent. The challenge has also expanded to seven main categories, making it more accessible and competitive. The purpose of this website is to serve as the official home of the 9 Peaks Challenge and to guide challengers by providing the rules and peaks information. Good luck, be safe and have fun!
A big thank you to everyone that contributed to the information and accuracy of this website. If you have any suggestions, ideas or additions please contact the site administrator.