Desert Rose Adventure Club
Desert Rose the name is rather self explanatory …Desert being the challenges one has to endure ,the not so conducive environment or nest to hatch our beloved dreams ,Dreams …that being the Rose and also the Rose signifying and representing the untainted soul and undeterred fortitude .
So we approach all of this …the pitfalls ,challenges ,gruesome environment as a chance to grow oneself as we believe nothing vacates of flees without imparting what it came to teach you in seeming obstacle or hurdle as we given such according to what we can with hold .
Was born out an intense observation ,the at times disheartening wasted potential of youngsters .
that potential if not succored ,groomed ,and channeled accordingly is left purloined and fathered by the deceiving street corners .
it is a fatigued concern ,
it is more than an alternative as the are many existing entinties but are perfunctory in their approach as they exhaust themselves with one aspect,a single task within a ill informed ,mis directed ,cancerous lifestyle of these youths instead of unrooting from the core .
As the youth of Khayelitsha have been bombarded with many previous “miracle aid projects’ that hardly penetrate and impact change so its rather disconcerting and a process to take in a new relatively unheard of way of life .
This club is exactly that a lifestyle change ,because success is infact a way of life you choose for yourself not just a result .
So all our programmes are informed by the realization that when you want to achieve a pursuit you adorn or transform a certain attitude and life takes its choreography from that .
A factor we are adamant about is that we want to groom high altitude athletes ,fine professionals with a firm knowledge and insatiable quest to better themselves .
Part of the reason we choose or decided on extreme disciplines though for now mountaneering and sailing is because most of these kids on the team come from troubled and violent pasts eg gangsterism but that is by no means a definitive in their new selves .
We will thus mutate that fervent ,zelous reckless spirit into th outdoors and you will observe as both disciplines are extreme are fitting for the youths.
We commnced on the 28th of November 2013 with our inaugural trip to Constania Nek which was thoroughly enjoyed and filled with a buzz of excitement .
We plan to do a second follow up camp to Tsitsikama Forest ,than Eden to Addo Great corridor Hike and Groot Winterhoek by end of this year .
Actualy the plan from next year is to do camps and excursions every holidays to our other National Parks across South Africa and weekend trips to local peaks and one international trip to Mount Rose in Switzerland .
Our underlying motive is stern that is to reinvigorate that almost doormant ,sleeping potential intrinsic and latent in them ,to reinforce and incoltate a will in them the protrude beyond the circumfrence of doubt and a conditioned cowardry and grab hold of their dreams nomater how small,big,absurd they might seemingly appear .
and in doing so approach them as intents rather than wishful thinking.
We highly emphasise on strategic or rather introspection sitting with yourself ,finding,unearthing why you have decide on the desired pursuit .
we highly encourage one to never to make hasty decisions without a confirmed,convinced stern,firm realized insight .We also have a culture of writing down our desired pursuits so as to benchmark of what is achived overtime and that upon ticking serves as impetus for future endevours .
We plan to forge partnership with Home Affairs and open passports for every member of the team .the motive of all of this is really to expose them to a reality beyond the confines of the township ,as alot of the youngsters are like fishes swimming in a pond not knowing the is a deeper far greater sea out there with more possibilities.
As this is a club a team ,we want to produce careers out of all of this .What we desire or rather envision is the very team grooming and honing others and spreading hope.
that is the very reason we decided on a core number of 16 so as to measure and evaluate impact or lack thereof if thats the case work on that .
As we highled and were emphathic that we intend to bore proffesional well informed high altitude athletes we will then be doing a lot of adventure courses with established and credible entities such as Ventureforth mountaneering school,Educo Africa,Chrysalis Academy and Outward Bound.
as for sailing Goodhope Sailing Academy and Cape windjammers so as to open their horizons and build esteem .
In the next 2 years going foward we plan to groom ,hone and produce highly skilled ,vastly informed ,compassionate sportsman and transformed beings.
We plan to do worshops and motivational talks across township and the regarded underprivildged schools and communities .
We plan to be vessels of change not in our sermons only but in action.
Inspire ,groom others eventually.
We understand and have come to realize the answer to youths pitfals and seeming problems is within ,and amidst the youth.
and all that is happening is because the youth are not being listened to ,so we are hear to lend a ear also.
On the 29th of October 2013 was the day highly anticipated klipdrift *Sa hearts of Gold event was hosted a tribute to the bravest men we know .The event was hosted at the posh and very alive Katy’s Restaurant and conferencing .i flew from from Cape Town Comair 28th arriving in Jozi the same day where i stayed with a friend and multitasked some missions as i always say within the submission yo have your own mission . So about i went utilizing the day to speak to potential partners for my monde talks tour and desert rose adventure club .following day i checked in with fellow adventurers Braam Malhere ,Ronnie Muhl ,and Aj at the Balalaika Protea hotel in Sandton,Robbie Stammers from Intrepid explorer joined us .i decided to take a much needed bath and power nap for the night ahead .
i awoke at half past nine for a quick shower exercise than some vegging on the poor hd flat that and had almost been doormant at my unkind and antisociallness .after some starring and involuntary yawns eish that was it .
so i headed downstairs later ,rest of of the team commenced for the shuttle which arrived 23 hoo for Katys .
We arrived at the venue ,proceedings were underway ,first it was a segment put in place to amaze our taste buds ,were we taste amazing delicacies prepared by the master chefs of the day .Than at about 8pm guests settled down than Robbie Stammers from Intrepid explorer welcomed everyone than it was Klipdrift Gold tasting .Entertainment was underway as the angelic songstress and her band mesmerized the guests and filled the room with a warm,and energetic ambiance .
Plates for the main course served .Than it was time for Miles for smiles Ambassador Braam to address the Guests ,he did more than that ,he moved with his breathtaking ,compassionate ,simply beautiful tale in doing so lighted a spark in all of us .
than at 10pm awards were given to me Ronnie,Braam,and Aj for hearts of Gold as the bravest men we know by Klipdfrit and Intrepid Explorer Mag ,for me this event was about about a reminder of the duties i still need to fulfill and the award is a a good token of reminder again of the road traveled and reconfirmed the decision the intent to put boot to foot and a pat to the stern,firm motives ,it says when the uneventful arise as questions ,i adorn the heart of Paul Petzoldt ,Troilet and Erhard and linger on even when others have fled and remember as a stone crusade this is more than a dudes boy play,though im far from it its beyond Mugs stump and Piolet D or accolades but the convinced ,confirmed stem that births all the minds desires .
all in all the event was bliss ,enjoyed thoroughly,am humbled and thankful to
distell and Intrepid explorer for the opportunity .
new updates im proud to Announce im the new face ambassador for Youth in Action ,am keen to get to work and be the change .
So its been quite a while hasn’t it ? so my guess would be to get into it .
a lot has been happened ,,some splendid progression ,
some just the mundane but im not one to single out triumphs and leave out seeming falls .
but yeah in the spirit of the new style im employing on my blog site ,let me escape being redundant and verbose and get with it .
So its the 21 st Century,a century shewed ,enveloped with opportunity,progression ,a fluid sparkling liberty ,a lift of…
and yet in a obscure paradox not quite has changed ,
maybe the hindrances of yester years have reincarnated and taken new form or just need to be more grateful dont you reckon ?
but bear with me for a jiffy as i elucidate my claim first ,than you can thereon bash.
Sure i applaud and commend the fact that we’ve grown from the days were we just relied on hemp rope,some basic climbing regalia and some sort of futuristic faith or tickled naivety that led jack follow the snowball down the cliff .
well i can already sense the crescendo of fidgeting fervent replies to my seeming ungratefulness ,and maybe some might highlight that those days were of real authentic adventure in the true sense of the word …..
But also as im not a luddite picket i understand the advancement did have a benefit since the days of John Grill when he borrowed from gymnastics chalk ,thats a no brainer what thats done for climbers .
And occasionally yes the advancements have maybe cheated some tourists into thinking they are climbers ,ow well let me not be harsh was it Le grand who said “who said everyone can have fun on mountains,its not always about the snowstorms ,and avalanches but also the sunny days,camp ,galley and camaraderie .
also partly granted ,see im not all stiff purist …
But as much as the were hindrances in the past as in gear ,…actually that was the major hickup worth mentioning ,but the rest for me are …
i think are permitted or excused ,but on our beloved progressed century the knots that bind our expeditions to be manifest are somehow gordian knotted .
i mean take funding ,logistics which has amoebed into redtape and greed all these make for dis tasteful bid. for one to even attempt is commendable .
and the qoute “to dream ,great dreams is in itself an act of daring “.
as much needs to be said and complimented about the advancement especially in are of gear ,but a whole a lot still sucks especially funding ,the fact that at times your fate hangs on hands who’ve never set boot on peak before or no knowledge about it lives one stomach knotted and most climbing for wrong intentions in that molesting the environment uncompassionate and selfish climbing,living garbage,and bottled oxygen tanks .
so much for these advancements let me not delve into my despise for these tanks as much as i feel people who use them in my terms are equivalent to athletes on doping and enhancement drugs but that’s just me,
i feel as much as the are advancement though,most breathtaking ,innovative expeditions which defied superlatives happened in the olden days where little was at people disposal but a firm ,stern,confirmed convinced self .
that gives me a hope and a certainty that this shit can be done .
A talk for teachers day on 25th of October 2013
Another talk is scheduled for Joburg Melrose Arch on the 29th at the intrepid explorer and klipdrift event were im vip guest .
For booking or upcoming talks updates
A big joyous howdee mate to all of you ,it has been a freaken while ,and is somehow now becoming a cancerous fashion that my posts are delayed and quite random . Somehow i figure its in my gene make up ,because im quite a mellow ,relaxed ,dont take things to serious kind of person,as i have alluded in my talks that im a firm proponent that the greatest gift we’ve been given is just to be the rest is just add ons to excite life on this plain . This Hiatus has again as you might have figured gotten me pondering ,and in it i have lit a couple of light bulbs .
first being is that ,from now on i will keep my posts short ,in bulletin form so as to entice ,the only thing that will be in huge and bound will be the mosaic of pics .so in that way i will give more up to date ,on the minute posts and updates .
On that very subject ,in current news as the new Brand Ambassador for Cipla Medpro i have now re structured the Mondetalks and they will hit almost all the nine provinces of South Africa ,inspiring ,and reinoculating a sense of hope and purpose to these kids who have by my observation have lost the capacity to dream and lack relevant role models tour dates will be announced by early January before i leave for my next expedition .
A highlight in my partnership with Cipla Medpro was the talk i gave at Thembelihle school in Joburg ,it re awakened that very burning intent that fuels my expedition that is that greater motive to inspire others to take on their own mountain peaks,and re confirmed my eagerness to partner with Cipla Medpro as they embody that very selfless service to humanity that infalmes ,a propellant to the both of us and is embedded in both our success .
Other exciting news is that i have managed to raise half of the funding for my Everest attempt without bottled oxygen i will also divulge more info in my next post chat soon .
i live you with a scribbling that encapsulates my reason to why i climb
The pleasure of risk is in the control needed to ride it with assurance so that what appears dangerous to the outsider is, to the participant, simply a matter of intelligence, skill, intuition, coordination- in a word, experience. Climbing in particular, is a parodoxically intellectual pastime, but with this difference: you have to think with your body. Every move has to be worked out in terms of playing chess with you body. If I make a mistake the consequences are immediate, obvious, embarrassing, and possibly painful. For a brief period I am directly responsible for my actions. In that beautiful, silent, world of mountains, it seems to me worth a little risk.
Hello All ,friends and followers ,phew its been a while hasn’t it ,so yeah im back from my Hiatus .It was muchly needed to properly compose and collect myself and really i mean really dissect ,re trace as to why ? ,why i embarked on this ,why ?, and yeah its really the lack of a really good answer that makes is all sublime and exciting ,because really i can go on and on in attempts to paint a fitting mosaic to why i do what i do ,but alas .,But hey they are the obvious reasons to why im embarking on this feat ,these reasons ,intents that are my anchor of faith ,these when times are a bit gloomy and not hunky dory they collect me ,remind me ,why and how far ive traveled ,fo me …mine is just to inspire others to protrude beyond doubt ,complacency,and boxes of fear and grab hold of their dreams nomater how small,big,absurd they might seemingly appear ,it is for them to sit down,listen,breath,realize and conquer first themselves .
Obviously the has been alota things happenings,developments,advancements,ups ,downs . Let me start with the Great news ,that is i have just signed with Cipla medpro as a Brand Ambassador ,a brand that inhabits,epitomizes uncompromising detail to ethic a brand of such grandiose ,and it comes at a great time as next yea im venturing to the Himalayas firstly Cho yu then Everest without Oxygen i have explained and dwelled to as to why im choosing this route on previous posts so wont dwell on it now .Another exciting project we busy with ,with Cipla is “Mondetalks” which is a series of motivational talks across township school to encourage a culture of dreaming ,to inspire hope and ambition in these youngsters we use the analogy of a pregnant mother as when shes pregnant she compromises on few things ,she is altered to prioritize in accordance and congruence to the desired health of the baby so the are things she doesn’t partake in because they might temper with the health of the unborn baby same applies when u have a dream u prioritize discipline yourself also in confluence with the desired ambition ,dream,goal some things u choose to forsake ,and choose friends wisely as they might prevent u from acquiring or reaching that goal . We plan to move from school to schoolusing motorbike .
the next advancement is the talks ,i did a talk for Shoecity Anaul conference 3 September 2012 it went superbly well ,and did another talk for Cipla managers from across the country i have talks also lined up for Joburg fo the month of October ,will update on that in coming weeks .
i think i now have payed back what i owed thanks again for you amazing futuristic patience to stay glued to my blog even in my hiatus ,im back now so u can expect fresh posts regularly .enjoy and go live your dream ,and life without adventure is death ,because without risk we cant explore and so cant learn o grow .
A lot of people always ask me how it all started ..when the bug bit ..how i decided on this seemingly Bohemian life truth though is that the is no formula leading to the Monde you see now what i know for sure is that ive always had a deep yearn for adventure ,a curio to know ,lust to challenge previously memorized limitations ive always been a proponent of the minds capacity to protrude beyond any circumference .
growing up though im not that old ,i took up a liking in books ,hoarding books on philosophy ,and linguistics and i think it was destined that i fall inlove with stories on man who exhibit this philosophy i lived and gave every bit of my life to ,i read stories from Tim Severin The Brendan Voyage ,Dough Scott,Lydia Bradery to my favorite Alpinist Wanda Rutwiecks i fell in love with these stories i would devour these and get enthralled ,immersed in these for hours and weeks and would know a good read when i would take quite a while to emerge out of it ,but when i got the invite to join the first African youth to spent time on board a tall ship it was a far different story all of the sudden it was me .
It was time for me to take my own journey ,i remember a instance i still hold dear even to this day when we were aloft on the main mast the Royal and i was wearing just my harness and board shots and thinking of that teen who couldn’t swim just a year ago that for me confirmed greater things yet to be achieved and from than on i was driven to carve my own goals and chase them but at the time i was still blurry eyed and misty to what i wanted to pursue it happened that i stumbled to the mike horn young explorers camp and was chosen to take part on the camp in Switzerland and there i fell in love with the Alpine all over again and from there i knew what i wanted to do is climb mountains till the second coming .
After that i sat down ,researched ,was on a journey ,wrote proposals or what appeared to be to me and learned how to write proper ones on my way ,some mistakes take a month to emerge from especially for a naive kid from the townships with romantic ideals to scale the worlds top mountains ..even as i conceptualized this i could’ve said forget about this its not possible but something in me said it can be achieved, and it has been a roller coaster journey since then it has not been hunky dory as the high resolution pics my maybe evoke though it has been a worthwhile journey ..But what i took out from this is really when u want something u have to really want it real bad! you find when u pursuing something that is really dear to your heart you spend a lot of your time with yourself then the the crowd as the world we grew up in when u in Junior school we are all excited to enroll at school together and still looking forward to everything together ,at high school and College we get into all sorts of trouble together ,being rebellious and blurry eyed and misty we forsee a romantic future ahead of us where everything is all smooth because of our qualifications and yes the universe pukes u into real life which is less idealistic and a lot often grow fatigue and succumb into mundane life of following the crowd and it’s a known fact that those who follow the crowd hardly emerge beyond it .
And on the other side when u really pursuing your real passion and unplugging from the status qou you really have to convince yourself first that you really want to do this and this is what you want and face it that fact that you happiest doing this ,than after that you will have no problem with persecution ,ups and downs,and will approach everything with a more clear holistic bird eye view a that laughs at any hindrance at hand .When you want something you have to have understand Discipline and Sacrifice ,Look at a pregnant woman she dosnt just eat everything ,drink everything,she compromises certain things as she want her unborn child to be born in good health and the her life takes its choreography in complete alignment to the goal ahead ,so applies if you working towards a goal a passion ,you need to sacrifice and be disciplined and priorities in accordance to the desired goal but to truly comprehend this you have to have something you want to pursue and you have to want it real bad and then apply muscle and all your tissue and champion it to its completion.
Howdee all i trust you well ,its been a hella long time since my last post ,been partly
because a lot has been happening,the hibernation was needed to collect my self and re evaluate my reasons of embarking on this quest ,as you might know i was scheduled to depart and embark on my next leg of my expedition that is to Alaska’s Mount Denali highest peak in North America ,i left for this trip on the 3rd of May 2012 ,flew via Oliver tambo ,Schipol Amsterdam ,and Minneapolis,i realized in Amsterdam while checking my luggage that some items on my luggage was missing so spoke to the ladies at the KLM counter they said they would look into it and assured me they would have it sorted out before my arrival in Anchorage ,Alaska .
I arrived in Alaska on the 4th of May at about 8pm ,i went to collect my luggage and still my luggage was still the same state ,now really fatigued i went again to the counter of Delta airways and KLM but to no avail so i just took a shuttle to my Hotel in downtown Anchorage Clarion suites i stayed the for two days &
the guys from American alpine institute whom i got my permits and paperwork from said the gear i had was suitable and durable and would be worthwhile for my ascent of Denali they then highlighted however i lacked few gear and also obviously the items i lost on my flight which i have tried to get but to no avail .i spoke to Microsoft one of my partners for assistance they put in another 15k for gear purchasing. And the guys now came with another story saying the will be no store sourcing the stuff i need which i found unlickely and weird for a country of such rich alpinism while in their first story they said the are actually two shops selling gear they now on their second story said they cannot have me on the expedition because of that ..i spoke to the guys about the shop in talkeetna they said it will be late and the was some weather creeping in my reply was but i guess thats why we have 28days then to tackle this peak and the was a misunderstanding there and has cost me my attempt its just so saddening having to prepare for something for so long and having it taken from u in just a minute ,but however this trip has gotten me thinking..alot hey ,it has gotten me thinking about the motives and intents of this Quest ,and in a weird way has cemented something iam no more driving then i have been so moral of the story success is not the only trophy the summit in this context and as cheesy as this sounds the saying that says when u loose ,dont loose the lesson is very relevant on this case i have learnt a lot ,this just life giving me a resistance and kinda asking why and in essence giving no space for complacency .
iam now working on my next trip that is to Aconcagua scheduled for November 2012,im also so excited for the next chapter that is the construction of Mondewalks trust ,iam not in a position at the moment to divulge any more than this so keep your ear on the ground as the will be a launch with all my partners ,Microsoft,Vibramfivefingers,First Ascent,Redbull,Rotary International,Swindle,Cat and few private donors .One more exciting highlight is that i will be writing quarterly columns for Sport Leadership ,speaking of Leadership ,be sure to check Leadership magazine June green issue where im featured ,also be on the look for Big Issue june 16 issue .
until next time ,keep dreaming and chase those dreams ,because the ladder to success is like any that is you cant climb it with your hands in your pockets,
Hello all it has been a hella long time ,and a lot sure has been happening ,a lot that has to me cemented why i want to do this ,the has been a lot of hurdles ,up and downs ,merry go rounds,as you know i have been preparing for my next leg of my expedition my upcoming Ascent of Mount Denali highest in North America a colossal peak that stands at elevation of 20,320 feet (6,194 m) regarded by some seasonal mountaineers as much more testing than Everest i would like to think so myself though i have no experience on both peaks i mean on Denali you carry your own stuff and drag a sled of 60kg whereas at Everest the are yaks and Sherpa carrying everything for you ,
though to me this makes no difference because my style of climbing is that of Denali/Alpine that which was pioneered by my favorite Alpinists the likes of Reinhold Messner,Erhad Loretan ,Jean Troilet,Chantal Manduit ,the list goes on though the is a few number of climbers who climb this way nowadays because of the bombardment of the many sugarcoated commercial expeditions, this also again proves the stance that the are far more beautiful alluring peaks than the popularized mass advertised tickers the are more technical peaks like Annapurna 1 a, K2 and other deserving mountain peaks like Cerro Torre ,Ogre,and the Many untouched peaks in the Karakorum and Latok.
,but back on the news at hand ,some goods news though besides the seeming bleekness i have now signed a contract with Performance brand First Ascent so im fully kitted for Mount Denali and my upcoming expeditions i have also received gear from Swindle ,i have now booked my flights to Anchorage ive gotten my Visa and travel insurance and im on my last stages of excessing funding for the booking of expedition at the national park and other additional costs ,so that a big relief though it has been a hustle getting funding but with the help of such wonderful souls such as Clare James of South african Golf and leisure vacations ,Big issue,and mahala blog it has eased thing and quieted the headache of mountain of logistics .
iam scheduled to leave for Alaska 3 of May the expedition i estimate will take a month on minimum but nature has her own rules .i will update soon before my departure or begining of my expedition cheers for now and if you want to be involved in raising funds for Denali and upcoming expedition please do so at
Name Rotary Club of Pinelands
JFE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FUND
Acc No 1005 603219
Reference Monde Sitole – Alaska Denali Expedition
Hope u all well and fully refreshed for the year ahead ,has been a very intriguing past year must say a lot of hurdles, and a lot of learning on the go and this year i must say ive hit the ground running been been busy now with a lot of interviews namely one with British magazine Monocle which is distributed throughout Europe and Tokyo.
as for this year im busy shooting with Mahala blog,Etv news,and a story with German newspaper Der Speigel .
now ive also been working tirelessly on the preparation for my upcoming expedition to Mount Denali the highest peak in North America ,ive been working on the logistical side of things applying for visa and all the relevant paperwork.im going to be starting my physical side of the preparation in the next 2weeks i wish to train with Sport science institute whom i have worked with before .
this is just a short report will give a fullength report in the next coming days .Ceyaa
hello all hope all is well and superb on your side as is with me …what can i say life has been a roller coaster a worthwhile ride i must say though sometimes it can be seemingly tough but with perseverance and a futuristic faith one which is embodied in past explorers who wandered without the use and privileged of today’s sophisticated technology the very resilience and endurance which is evident in all my expeditions accompanied with a intent which is much greater than Ego .
A deep lure a calling surpassing all the fears we have been superimposed with by media and a conditioned society following in the words of powerful qoute that say Courage is not the absence of fear but the presence of fear but with the will to go on .
This is so relevant now because i have received alot of criticism for my Everest attempt without supplement oxygen funnily by climbers who have climbed for years but for me South Africas and climbing in general in the world is so dull ,safe and alot of pseudo Alpinist just follow repertoire and don’t reinvent and most of the guys who climb these peaks are not seasonal climbers meaning they don’t even climb on weekends beside the big mountain tickers and alot of people with me say u gonna die which goes back to what ive been saying alot of guys who die on mountains are people who are not seasonal climbers its just people who just have one night stands with these mountains and in search of cheap fame but don’t have a personal relationship with the mountains they do not realize that its not the mountain u conquer but yourself and that u are just a small dent in the mountain .
The mountain has produced many heroes and it remains to be the real hero not us ,we only share a bit of its glory if you have a more humble approach to climbing which is gained by spending time on them whether big or small ,the mountain then allows u to elevate if you humble yourself ,frankly to me the first list and quest does not intrigue me for i believe the has been people long before who have climbed these peaks like the Sherpa in Everest but with a different intent which is not driven by Ego i conclude with matter qoute by my climbing hero Anatoli boukreev that Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.
On a fresh page the issue of the I magazine City press lifestyle Magazine came out 23October 2011 and i was on the cover it came out in large format alongside fellow extreme athletes Hanli Prinsloo and David Grier ,and another feature is one the November issue of Bona page 78 and on the upcoming issue of SAmen online magazine ,and on January Menshealth issue and last but not least please follow me on https://twitter.com/#!/MondeWalks and join fan page on Facebook .