3 students from Johannesburg are the first to climb ‘Devil’s Tooth’ in the Drakensberg Range

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'Devil's Tooth'

Friday, 11 August 1950

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The Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in South Africa, with Thabana Ntlenyana the highest peak in the country at 3,482 mt. The Drakensberg also consists of various parts, including the Amphitheatre and pinnacle rocks such as the Devil's Tooth.

Until 1950, the Devil's Tooth was considered unclimbable, but on 11 August 1950 E. Scholes, D. Bell and P. Campbell formed a 'summit team' and completed the first successful summiting of the Devil's Tooth, still considered on of the 'Berg's toughest rock challenges.

References:
• Bristow, D. (2003) 'Best Walks of the Drakensberg'. Struik Publishers: Cape Town pg. 42
• Wallis, F. (2000) Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

Last updated : 08-Aug-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011