Author(s): RO Pearse
Barrier of Spears is without a doubt the definitive work on the history of the Drakensberg, its personalities and natural wonder. Everyone who loves this beautiful mountain in South Africa should (and probably already) have one. I fell in love with the Drakensberg all over again and could not stop reading. Although not describing any of the numerous routes of the 'Berg in particular, it gave me a deep understanding and knowledge of the different peaks, passes and areas that would not otherwise be possible. Knowing the story behind the name of a peak, the triumphs and tragedies that took place on it gave my outings to the Drakensberg a whole new dimension. Pearse has a wonderful way with words and I keep referring to many of the thought provoking passages such as the end of the chapter on George Thomson.