More than just a passing interest in high-altitude off-road driving

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Website that maps the country’s famous mountain passes fills an adventure niche market for the well-heeled, writes Janine Stephen

The moment that changed the direction of Trygve Roberts’s life did not come behind the wheel of a car. It was while treading 11°C water for an excruciating 10 minutes in Table Bay after the yacht he was skippering broached in 2012.

His life "shivered and shuddered before his eyes" before he was rescued. His Man Overboard YouTube video, shot with a GoPro camera he’d attached to the yacht, went viral.

After subsequently trying out the camera on mountain bikes and underwater, he found the best results were achieved by mounting it on his trusty Toyota Land Cruiser. While on holiday in Wilderness on the Garden Route the idea "popped into" his head to film mountain passes. He promptly drove White’s Road (P1621) from Wilderness Heights, around the Touw River and back round the estuary. Thus Mountain Passes of South Africa was born.

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Mountain Passes South Africa

Mountain Passes South Africa is a website dedicated to the research, documentation, photographing and filming of the mountain passes of South Africa.

Passes are classified according to provinces and feature a text description, Fact File including GPS data, a fully interactive dual-view map and a narrated YouTube video.

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