Easter cave to twins cave

05 May 2019 14:55 #74984 by WarrenM
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View of the Mitre


In the below you can kind of get a idea of the exposure








Having been on the high path (not that they are that far apart) as soon as I saw Twins cave I realised I was way to high, and the high path kept climbing, so I dropped to the lower path




As soon as you get close to Twins, you just need to drop straight down the grass bank to the path.




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05 May 2019 14:56 #74985 by WarrenM
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This is kind of the route that you would use to find the path from Twins cave

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05 May 2019 15:24 - 05 May 2019 15:25 #74986 by Smurfatefrog
Great. thanks Warren. I meant to ask you about this on Friday night!
Looks a much easier and more scenic route than heading up/down Mlambonja Pass.

BTW, were there some really dark shady areas that you still had your headlight on your head :p
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05 May 2019 18:40 #74987 by WarrenM
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Haha Smurf, I used the headlamp for the road from the Mnweni Centre as I had left early, and just had not gotten to taking my pack off yet to stash it.

It definitely is a worthwhile and scenic route and would be my preference in future too, weather permitting of course, I would not use it in bad weather.

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05 May 2019 18:52 #74988 by tonymarshall
I've done this route a few times, and it is quite strange the difference in exposure perceived when the grass is long and when it is short. I see the grass is short in Warren's photos, but when it is long and you can hold onto it easily, the exposure doesn't seem nearly as bad.

There is a path that drops down a gully before you get to Twins Cave Annex, and you follow the path on the same ledge as Twins Cave Annex, past the annex cave to Twins Cave or the path to Mlambonja Pass. When using this route from Twins Cave, follow the path past Twins Cave Annex - it continues - and roughly the same distance past Twins Cave Annex as the annex is from Twins Cave, there is another small cave, all on the same grass ledge. Just past this other small cave, the route follows quite a steep gully up to the usual path, it is quite obvious if you know about it, and not very exposed.

Utshani Cave is on the path about 100 m or so from Christmas Pass, you should have seen it Warren. It's overgrown now, but was quite a popular cave in the 80's and 90's, and a lot of people mistook it for Easter Cave, thereby also increasing it's use

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06 May 2019 08:58 - 06 May 2019 08:59 #74990 by AdrianT
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Three photos I took last year, for what it's worth. The path looks like it has very serious exposure. When I saw it, I decided I would surely not ever hike it 

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06 May 2019 11:41 #74992 by WarrenM
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tonymarshall wrote: Utshani Cave is on the path about 100 m or so from Christmas Pass, you should have seen it Warren. It's overgrown now, but was quite a popular cave in the 80's and 90's, and a lot of people mistook it for Easter Cave, thereby also increasing it's use


Thanks Tony - So I passed the path very close to the top of Christmas pass Gully that I assumed lead to the Utshani Cave as I noted it on my GPS as I continued up, so I didn't see it as I was aiming to take the higher path that you can see clearly from Easter Cave, makes sense though given how much I decended to get to Twins that the Annex would like up with Utshani.

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06 May 2019 14:22 #74995 by Riaang
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Thanks for the info Warren!

I've often wondered about this section, but every time we wanted to take it we were pressed for time and couldn't go explore. Now I know there is a decent path I'll definitely do the route :-)

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