Spare Rib Cave

23 Feb 2017 21:50 #70994 by Papa Dragon
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Anyone have up to date info on Spare Rib Cave, Basotho use, water etc?
Likewise Bannerman's Cave

Thanks
Papa D

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24 Feb 2017 12:17 #71000 by ghaznavid
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With Spare Rib - just be aware that the rubbish rocky cave that you hit just after the turnoff from the gully is not the cave you are looking for [is it sad that that made me think of Star Wars]. This time of year the river down the pass is probably still flowing till quite near the cave - but I can't give you a recent status. I have done Bannerman Pass 5 times, twice in summer, but both where in 2011 - so hardly up-to-date information.

Bannerman Cave is astronomically far from water. Unless there are drips nearby (likely), the nearest streambeds (that have been dry whenever I have been there) are far from the cave.

I have never heard of issues with Basothos in either cave (I have never overnighted in Spare Rib, though - I usually use Bannerman Hut).

My gut feel is that Bannerman Cave will be rather wet right now. Not sure how the tunnel will be, but the main other area is probably not great right now - so if you have more than 3 people, it might not be sufficient.
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24 Feb 2017 15:59 #71002 by Papa Dragon
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Thanks for the info ghaz :thumbsup:

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24 Feb 2017 19:14 #71005 by elinda
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Sorry to rain on your parade Roger ( excuse the pun!) but I have stayed twice in Spare Rib Cave - and it is a very damp and wet cave. With all the rain the Berg has experienced in the last couple of weeks, it will be a swamp. Richard and I stayed here with Tony Marshall a few years back and we found three dampish areas with drips and little streams running along the ground around us - be warned! I have not stayed at Bannermans Cave but would think it would be the lesser of the two evils
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24 Feb 2017 20:18 #71006 by Papa Dragon
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Thanks for the info Elaine, plans have changed though..
We're going to Cobham next weekend, up to Sphongweni, then along toward Venice/Lakes/Weaver/Chameleon etc. Will take tents so very flexible as to where we stay... where we lay our hats, that's our home..

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28 Jan 2018 23:52 #72727 by MarkT
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We took a look yesterday: it's wet but there are several areas that were dry enough. These pics taken on a rainy weekend:

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28 Jan 2018 23:55 #72728 by MarkT
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18 Jul 2019 13:11 #75162 by Stephenv
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I would like to find Spare Rib Cave without a GPS. i slept in it in 1978 with a University Mountain club group.
About 10 years ago staying in Bannermans hut my son and I tried to find it but were unsuccessful. We were struck by the weakness of the Bannerman's Pass path.
Can someone give me a marker on how to find the Cave coming up the pass.
Stephen

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18 Jul 2019 17:14 - 18 Jul 2019 17:16 #75164 by diverian
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That is it up on the left in the dark rock-band

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19 Jul 2019 09:17 #75165 by Stephenv
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Thanks That is a great help

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