Godbold Award


The first recipient of this award was Hannelie Morris, who summitted the following peaks:

  • Sentinel via the Angus-Leppan Route
  • Mponjwana via the S crack variation. (her final peak on 1 May 2011)
  • Bell via Hooper's Route
  • Pyramid via the Standard Route
  • Column via the Escarpment Arete
  • Monk's Cowl via the Standard Route
  • Rhino Peak via the SE Arete

Thomas Mann and Kerry Kee have subsequently also qualified for the Godbold Award!  Who will be next?

The Brian Godbold Award - Mountaineering Incentive Scheme

A certificate of accomplishment will be awarded to climbers who successfully summit any 7 of the following 10 Drakensberg peaks.

  1. Sentinel Peak
  2. Devil's Tooth
  3. Mponjwana Peak
  4. The Bell
  5. The Column
  6. The Pyramid
  7. Monk's Cowl
  8. The Injasuti Western Triplet
  9. Giant's Castle
  10. Rhino Peak

Conditions of the award:

  1. The award is only open to members of the KZ-N Section of the Mountain Club of SA and who are in good standing with the Club.
  2. The peaks must be summitted via a new or an existing, documented rock or ice climb.
  3. The inception of the award is back-dated to the 1st of January 2004.
  4. Only one ascent of any peak, will be counted toward the total number.
  5. Applications can be made to the Committee or Gavin Raubenheimer (gavin@peakhigh.co.za or 082 9905876)

About Brain Godbold  (28 May 1899 – 17 December 1993)

Brain Godbold joined the Natal Mountain Club in 1931, and was one the leading climbers in the Drakensberg during the 1930s through to the 1950s.  Among his achievements are the first ascents  of Cleft Peak Frontal (July 1946) and the Outer Horn (July 1936). He also made ascents of Cathkin Peak, Pyramid, The Bell, The Old Woman Grinding Corn and the Saddle. He was the first person to use pitons in the Berg, and was in the party who first camped on the summit plateau in winter (July 1936). It was thought previous to this, that it would be impossible to survive a night in snow on the main escarpment.  In 1975 he was awarded the Gold Badge by the MCSA for his achievements and service in mountaineering.

Brain Godbold was married to Miriam St. Pol and had 3 daughters. He worked most of his life as a paymaster at a sugar-mill on the Natal south coast and served in the South African forces in both World Wars.  He was known to always be a very humble and pious man.