Cowl Cave

13 Jul 2016 01:32 #69127 by Serious tribe
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No, I was unaware that there was a navigable option to contour around the Monks spur. I just looked at my photo, and thought that it might be possible, which it is. So if you have a head for heights, I would go with the traverse. If not, or it is misty or snowed up just head down and and then around an up.

Does anyone have a gps track for this traverse?
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13 Jul 2016 06:54 #69128 by Papa Dragon
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Serious tribe wrote:
Does anyone have a gps track for this traverse?


If so, I would like it too please..

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13 Jul 2016 08:40 #69129 by Viking
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When are you doing this PapaD?

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”

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13 Jul 2016 09:22 #69132 by Papa Dragon
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Hopefully early September Viking...

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13 Jul 2016 10:33 #69133 by Viking
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The climbing RD for Monks also mentions traversing a grass band at the same height as the nek between Monks and Cathkin to reach the Cowl Cave gully from the nek mentioned.

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13 Jul 2016 18:40 #69136 by tiska
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By way of encouragement we did that traverse with four or so first time berg hikers once. There was a fair bit of snow around too. It goes OK and is definitely better than the down/up option.
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13 Jul 2016 19:11 #69138 by Papa Dragon
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Thanks for that tiska :thumbsup:

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06 Sep 2016 09:04 #69703 by Drakensbergie
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Hi all.

How dry is the second, smaller Cowl Cave during summer and is it reachable from Monks Cowl Campsite in a day? Also, does anyone have a GPS track for the route?

Happy hiking!

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14 Sep 2016 08:29 #69765 by Drakensbergie
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Hi everyone

My thinking is something like this. I have about 4 days to spend and want to spend it alone B)

Day 1: Injisuthi to Wonder Valley Cave
Day 2: Cowl Cave via Shada Ridge, the Contour Path and up Cowl Fork Gully.
Day 3: Down to KBC and around BMC to camp somewhere inbetween MC and Injisuthi.
Day 4: Back to camp and drive home to Johannesburg.

What is the state of the contour path between the two areas? Route finding from Wonder Valley Cave up the ridge to the contour?
Does anybody have a GPS track for any parts of this route? Are there any other unnamed or local knowledge caves between the two camps that could serve as a destination on day 4?

Thanks

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14 Sep 2016 11:26 #69770 by tiska
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The Cowl caves are not famously dry in summer but prior to the start of the rains you should find a dry spot in one of them, particularly if its only for one person. That said, a bivvy bag is always useful in Berg caves.

On the four day route -
Getting back on to the ridge from Wonder Valley Cave is fairly straightforward. Its just a stiff uphill walk along a path for what I remember to be 20 to 30 minutes. Shada ridge is easy to follow. If its very misty you might need to have digitised a few GPS points off Google Earth or the map. The path along the ridge is there but its not as well defined as the path leading to Wonder Valley Cave.

The contour path on to the Cowl Valley degenerates as you get into the vege closer to the valley. But its easier to follow in the direction you are doing than coming out of the valley.

I don't know of any caves apart from Wonder Valley Cave between BMC and Injisuthi. Its difficult to avoid needing a tent on that route. Its one of the few times in the last 30 trips I've done to the Berg when a tent was unavoidable.

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