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Corner Pass 29 Apr 2008 12:50 #86

Hi Guys

Me and 4 other people wants to hike to Mafadi. A route which looks attractive (on paper) is up Corner Pass, sleep at Upper Injisuthi Cave, summit Mafadi and down Leslie Pass.

We are only hikers, not climbers. I personally have hiked Gray's Pass, Cathedral Peak, Rockeries and Mnweni Passes.

How hard is Corner Pass exactly?
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Re:Corner Pass 05 May 2008 09:42 #89

Hi Hennie,

have you already done this hike this last weekend? I've been out hiking in the Berg the entire week myself, so I hope this info is not too late.

Corner Pass is not a climbing route, though it certainly is more challenging than the other passes you've mentioned. It is a fascinating, narrow gully that does have parts where you would need to scramble and use your hands, much like climbing Cathedral Peak that you also mentioned. It is generally steep and there is no path. The gully is full of loose stones and boulders.

You may need to take your packs off at some places and hand them up to someone, or pull them up with rope. There is a waterfall roughly halfway up the actual gully which does require some climbing but it is not too difficult and can be done by strong hikers. See picture below:

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Just before the top the gully narrows into a small chimney (rock, soil and grass mixed) but the trickiest bit is probably less than 2 meters.

I've recently been up the pass and that with 2 people that are definitely not climbers and they made it. It was also very wet and slippery at the time, with water coming down the gully. If you have a sense of adventure and can handle some scrambling then you will probably be OK. I would imagine however that this pass could become very tricky in snow and ice conditions, so bear in mind that it may not be usable at times in the winter.
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Re:Corner Pass 05 May 2008 09:45 #90

This is a view of Corner Pass from the contour path. It looks a bit daunting but it's do-able. There are definitely harder passes around.

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Re:Corner Pass 06 May 2008 09:44 #92

Thanks very much for the info. We are planning this for the long weekend in June.
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Re:Corner Pass 25 Jul 2008 17:12 #104

Hennie
Did you do it?
We are planning the same route for last weekend in August.
It sounds pretty good
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Re:Corner Pass 07 Aug 2008 13:09 #116

No, Hennie and the others did not do it, but we will be doing this exact same route this weekend (9-12 August), I will post a message again once we completed.
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Re:Corner Pass 13 Feb 2009 02:58 #306

Hi Forum

My mate and I climbed Corner during winter. I had snowed quite heavily the night before and we were looking forward to getting some snow in the pass, which we did.

We started the pass at about 9:30 and topped out at about 17:30. The snow started off at our ankles and by the time we had passed the chock stone, it was pretty much thigh deep, just before the top it was waist deep. We climbed the w/f section and hauled our packs up. It was more difficult because you cld not see where you were stepping and my mate twice stepped into holes up to his groin and once almost disappeared there was much cursing and snow flying. We used out hiking poles to probe the way forward.

We were carrying 25kg packs with camera gear so this also slowed things a bit.

It was a nice trip though.

Karl


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Re:Corner Pass 13 Feb 2009 13:08 #312

Corner pass is one 'lekker' Pass. Very enjoyable if you like something a little different. Camping amongst the protea bushes, with great views up the Pass and down onto the lower berg ....

I can imagine it to be a bit hectic in snow !!!
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