Sterkhorn

01 Sep 2011 23:09 #3909 by Sterkhorn
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@Ghaznavid The description for Sterkhorn as promised.

As PeterHowells posted, the path is reasonably well defined, but there are a few false paths, which could entail a little unnecessary scrambling if followed.

I have divided the hike into 3 sections (see red lines in "Route Description" photo).

1.The first section entails a classic slog up the ridge - the gravel path can be slippery when descending.

2.The second section follows a very scenic route and eventually hugs the cliff face on your left. About half way along this face (see photo 2), look out for a path which climbs the left rock up to a higher level (a false path carries straight on). A little further along, the path then appears to go nowhere (just rock). It actually continues straight ahead, just at a higher level. You will then move above the cliff face you have been ascending. As the path flattens out, look out for a path ascending the grass slope to your left towards the next rock outcrop (a false path carries straight on). From there, follow the next ridge until it levels out into a basin.

3.The third section follows up this basin (see photo 3), at first following a stream course and then ascending a steep grass slope to a saddle with a stunning view down to Keith Bush camp. From here you will do some rock scrambling to the top (it includes squeezing through a narrow chimney/wormhole).

Just be aware, there are some exposed bits along the second and third sections which can prove quite intimidating to vertigo sufferers.

Enjoy - it is a really satisfying climb.






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02 Sep 2011 06:22 #3910 by intrepid
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Super write-up! :thumbsup:

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.

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02 Sep 2011 16:41 #3917 by ghaznavid
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Thanks Sterkhorn, much appreciated.

Do you have a close-up pic of the wormhole? I'm just picturing myself getting to it and not figuring out that I must actually go up it!

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05 Sep 2011 02:19 #3920 by Serious tribe
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That looks like an interesting day out. Thanx for the write up, and would also like to see some images of worm-hole and summit images.

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05 Sep 2011 16:40 #3927 by ghaznavid
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It looks like I'm doing Sterkhorn in October, 3 weeks till exams start and 1 month till exams are over, then Berg, here I come :woohoo:

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14 Sep 2011 10:23 - 15 Oct 2013 19:17 #4011 by Sterkhorn
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I have posted a few pictures taken from the saddle and the top.

Unfortunately the only wormhole picture I have is of a person, so the wormhole is only part of a framing from above and would not help for the purposes requested.

The following link to some pictures from Chris' old hiking buddy (as mentioned in the "Namahadi Peak" thread) may be helpful though:
Sterkhorn pictures

www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/peaks/579-sterkhorn.html
www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/peaks/580-sterkhorn.html
www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/peaks/581-sterkhorn.html
www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/peaks/582-sterkhorn.html
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14 Sep 2011 13:06 #4014 by MountainGoat
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Sounds very interesting & looks awesome!

Well have to do this hike soon!

Can we go up & down + hike to KBC in a day or should we do this hike without big packs?

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14 Sep 2011 14:09 #4020 by Sterkhorn
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I have never done it and would imagine it would be somewhat of a push, but assuming an early start and leaving your packs at the base of Sterkhorn, I think a fit individual could do it with possibly a late arrival at KBC.

Maybe some of the younger VE contributors would have a better take on it?

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14 Sep 2011 15:25 #4022 by ghaznavid
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Thanks Sterkhorn!

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22 May 2012 14:58 #54004 by Gezza
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Hi, I am planning to attempt the walk/climb/scramble up to the top of Sterkhorn next weekend, and would prefer to do it without a guide. I understand that it is possible to take wrong turns, and would appreciate it if anybody could provide me with, or advise if it is possible to obtain, a map of the route.

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