About Peak High Mountaineering and Gavin Raubenheimer
Peak High Mountaineering has conducted trekking and climbing trips with people from all over the world, who have without exception expressed satisfaction with the high level of service and safety.
Gavin Raubenheimer is supported by Ram Mountaineering
Most guided trips are conducted with only one or two clients at a time. Outings are deliberately kept small and informal. Gavin is also available to guide clients in other countries on special request. Previously he has guided in Peru, Switzerland, France, Jordan, Kenya, Uganda and Namibia.
Peak High Mountaineering is owned by Gavin Raubenheimer and has been operating since 1992. (Close Corporation CK 97 /24826/23) The business is registered with Tourism KwaZulu-Natal as a Tour Operator. The Peak High office is situated in Hilton, just outside Pietermaritzburg.
|Gavin Raubenheimer is a certified Mountaineering Instructor (M.I.A.) endorsed by the Mountain Development Trust of SA. He is a NQF National Mountaineering (level 7), Cultural and Nature Guide (level 4). He is sponsored by First Ascent outdoor clothing company and by RAM Mountaineering, importers of Black Diamond Equipment, Beal Ropes, Cascade Designs, Bibler and E3 gear.
Gavin is a past President of the KwaZulu-Natal Section of the Mountain Club of SA. He has been involved in mountain rescue since 1992 and since 2005 has been the Convener of Mountain Rescue in the province. This involves organising, instructing and leading mountain rescues in the Drakensberg and any other area of the province. Since 2011 he has been the national chairman of the Mountain Development Trust (MDT).
In 2000 he represented South Africa at the BMC International High Performance meet in Wales and again in 2005 at the MC of S International Ice meet in Scotland.
Since 1978 he has climbed at almost every major venue in southern Africa and many other mountain areas, including the Andes, Canadian Rockies, French and Swiss Alps, the Atlas Mountains, Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya.
Gavin has guided in Peru, Mt Kenya, Mauritius, Uganda, France, Namibia and Switzerland.
To date Gavin has made over 70 first ascents of rock and ice climbs in South Africa, and has been used as an expert witness and investigator in civil cases involving climbing related accidents. He has written guide books and on-line route guides covering his home area of KwaZulu-Natal.
He also has a National Diploma in Horticulture. (Durban 1989)
Read about Gavin's record breaking Drakensberg "Grand Traverse" .... Red Bull recently hosted a successful challenge to the Drakensberg Grand Traverse record initially set by Gavin and his brother Laurie.
|Colin McCoy is an assistant guide and instructor for Peak High. He holds an MDT Mountaineering Instructor Award as well as an NQF Mountaineering Guide (level 7) (pending) and Nature Site Guide Level 2. He is registered with Tourism KwaZulu-Natal.
Colin is also an Assistant Rescue Organiser the Mountain Club's rescue team.
He has been trekking since 1999 and rock and ice climbing since 2003. He has climbed in Scotland, the United Sates, Switzerland and Canada.
Colin is also a level 3 Rope Access Technician.
|Hannelie Pickering is an assistant guide and instructor. She has been rock climbing since 1999 and holds the MDT Rock Climbing Leader Award.
She is a past President of the Mountain Club of SA, KZN Section and a past Rescue Organiser of the Mountain Clubs Rescue team.
While spending two years working in the UK, Hannelie hiked and climbed all over Britain and in Italy. Since returning to South Africa she has been based in KZN, climbing as often as possible, which includes recent ascents of Icidi Pencil and the Pyramid in the Drakensberg.
In May 2008 Hannelie represented South Africa at the BMC International Rock Climbing Meet in Wales.
Hannelie and her husband Josh own and run the High Altitude Climbing wall in Pietermaritzburg.
Hannelie also helps in the office and answers emails when Gavin is away guiding.
|Adrian Clarke is an associate guide of Peak High and works most of the time at the Amphithreatre Backpackers. He holds an NQF Mountain Walking guide qualification level 2. Has attended the MDT Rock Leader course and the Advanced Mountain Walking Leader course.
Adrian has climbed all over the Drakensberg range, including Mponjwana peak, The Column, The Bell and Cathedral Peak.