Passes of the Drakensberg

06 May 2011 13:11 - 06 May 2011 14:04 #2816 by intrepid
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Right, the list of passes has been updated, added to and polished up a bit. One major improvement you will notice is that the names of the passes, where applicable, are now links to more info, typically a write-up on the blogs or a detailed forum discussion. So that this page is easier to find, a link to it has been added as a menu item at the bottom of each page on this site. Be sure to check out the associated GPS data too, as several passes have been added.

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04 Jun 2012 17:56 #54208 by ghaznavid
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The list should be updated to include Hlubi Pass... :)

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05 Jun 2012 13:02 #54221 by Selous
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I have heard that Rhino Pass is not to difficult to do, but two points to note on the pass:
1) there was a major storm in the Garden Castle area in Jan/Feb of 2011 and washed the steam clear. It is now just a boulder bed. Any paths close to the stream would have been washed away. This is very noticeable if you look left from Rhino Peak. So just watch the stability of the rocks especially as you get up higher and you have people behind you.
2)In winter especially after snow there is a big ice band at the top of the pass going down (Not sure how far down) you would need some appropriate gear to get up that.

Hope that helps a little bit.

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Selous

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05 Jun 2012 13:20 #54222 by ghaznavid
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Thanks, thats one old question you are responding to! :thumbsup:

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06 Jun 2012 10:04 #54229 by intrepid
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Right, I have added Hlubi to the list. I see it's time for a routine update to this list since more links and pics can be added. At some point I will expand this table with more detail and links too.

As for Rhino Pass, it is in a gully and bit scrambly here and there but straightforward. We did it with some ice build up even. I agree that in the thick of winter, and after a flood, it would be more of a challenge.

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21 Feb 2013 07:38 - 21 Feb 2013 08:24 #56081 by ghaznavid
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Ok - so the list seems to be very out of date again! Hlubi Pass needs to be split into north and south and Gypaetus Pass needs to be added...

I think its pretty cool that this list keeps getting longer, says something about the ruggedness of the Berg :thumbsup:

Just for reference purposes:

North Hlubi's summit gully from Thumb Spur looks like this:


The pass then takes a sharp turn around a corner, this is from about 30m down the pass looking back at the top (the summit gully is off to the left):

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08 Nov 2013 20:53 - 10 Nov 2013 11:30 #58994 by ghaznavid
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I'm wondering if between the 1200+ VE members there is a pass that no one on this site has done. My pass list shows 114 passes between Namahadi and Bushman's Nek (yes I know I am missing some Free State and Eastern Cape passes).

I have eliminated the ones that I know certain VE members have done - e.g. TonyMarshal and Intrepid have done all the Mnweni Passes, I know Stijn has done Xeni, there is a writeup on the site about Hilton Pass etc. Most of what is left is stuff at Vergelegen and south from there - not implying that no one here has done them, just that I am not sure.

I think it would be interesting to find if there is a pass that no one on the site has done, so here is a list of candidates - if you have done one (or many) of them, reply with the ones you have done. My predictions for likely candidates would be Inner Tower Gully, Uklebe Pass and Dyke's Pass...

Inner Tower Gully
Ape's Pass
Jarateng Pass North
Jarateng Pass South
Giant's Castle Eastern Gully
Lotheni Pass North Fork
Lotheni Pass South Fork (main access)
Ntubeni Pass
Uklebe Pass
Redi Pass
Mlahlangubo Pass (Hlatimba Valley)
Mlahlangubo Pass (gully)
Ngaqamadolo Pass North
Ngaqamadolo Pass South
Dyke Pass
Mkhomazi Pass
Mohlesi Pass
Nhlangeni Pass
Twin Peak Pass
Mangaun Pass
Ntshintshini Pass
Mqatesheni Pass
Phinong Pass
Pitsaneng Pass North
Pitsaneng Pass South
Stones Pass North
Stones Pass South
Sandleni Pass
Mzimkhulu Pass Central
Verkyker Pass
Mzimude Pass (North Fissure Pass)
Walker's Pass
Saddle Nek Pass
Lammergeier Pass
Knuckles Traverse Pass
Knuckles Pass North
Knuckles Pass Upper Middle
Knuckles Pass Lower Middle
Knuckles Pass South
Tarn Cave Pass
Jonathan's Gate Pass

Ps. my pass list is attached - and Jonathan's Gate was a name referred to by Dave Gay, it was not named by me :silly:

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09 Nov 2013 17:43 #58999 by tonymarshall
I've done Mkhomazi Pass several times, it used to be the MBC GT qualifier hike and standard route to summit Thabana Ntlenyana.

I haven't done Redi Pass myself, but know a lot of people who have, among them John (Pickup) and Christine.
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10 Nov 2013 07:26 - 10 Nov 2013 07:30 #59001 by Stijn
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I've done Knuckles Pass South with Andrew (the one which summits just South of the Southern-most Knuckle). And what is Tarn Cave Pass? If it's the path up to Tarn Cave, then we did that on the same trip.

And my wife along with a UCT MSC group came down Nhlangeni Pass in 2005. Don't think any of them are members of this site though, if you're being particular about that point.

Hoping to tick off Nguza and Pins later this month, which will put me at having done all marked passes from Chain Ladder down to Gray's Pass. Ship's Prow North Fork is the next one I still have to do. Then it gets tricky with Injisuthi and Hilton! I suspect Intrepid's (and others) ticked continuous marked pass list extends a lot further South than that...
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10 Nov 2013 07:54 #59002 by ghaznavid
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Stijn wrote: And what is Tarn Cave Pass? If it's the path up to Tarn Cave, then we did that on the same trip.

That's the one.

Stijn wrote: And my wife along with a UCT MSC group came down Nhlangeni Pass in 2005. Don't think any of them are members of this site though, if you're being particular about that point.

That is a pass I really need to set out and do - looks awesome (see www.berg.co.za/images/Passes/Nhlangeni%20Pass02.jpg ). The reason why its specifically people on this site that I am looking at is that I'm sure every pass on the list has been done by somebody at some time.

Stijn wrote: Hoping to tick off Nguza and Pins later this month, which will put me at having done all marked passes from Chain Ladder down to Gray's Pass. Ship's Prow North Fork is the next one I still have to do. Then it gets tricky with Injisuthi and Hilton! I suspect Intrepid's (and others) ticked continuous marked pass list extends a lot further South than that...

Nice! I just need Corner Pass to tick off all the marked passes at Giant's - exactly the same problem with extending north from there! I'm up to 8 passes at Giant's, just need 2 more Jarding's, Thumb and Corner to complete the current VE list there - then I have 6 other possible new passes to check out in the area.

Interesting that only 5 passes out of 52 north of Giant's are currently not marked off, yet of the 63 south of there there is quite a substantial list.

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