Water Watch 2015

19 May 2015 10:53 #63848 by Riaang
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Supported. So, any advise on where water is available between Corner pass and Giants pass?

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21 May 2015 21:19 #63901 by GrahamV
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Hi All. A water watch is a great idea. Did a hike last year in October in the upper berg Amphitheatre area and had a rather thirst 4 days as it was dry as a bone.

I'm going on a hike in a 10 days time, route Keith's bush camp, grays pass, nkosasana cave, Leslie's pass, injasuti. Anyone know if there is water in that area, specifically up top. Im not to enthusiastic about another 4 thirsty days.

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22 May 2015 06:56 #63904 by Smurfatefrog
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Hi All. A water watch is a great idea. Did a hike last year in October in the upper berg Amphitheatre area and had a rather thirst 4 days as it was dry as a bone.

I'm going on a hike in a 10 days time, route Keith's bush camp, grays pass, nkosasana cave, Leslie's pass, injasuti. Anyone know if there is water in that area, specifically up top. Im not to enthusiastic about another 4 thirsty days.

The rivers above Grays & Leslies generally flow all year, so you won't have issues now.
Grays will have water at its base, KBC
Leslies will have water from part way up the pass (prob about 2500m)

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22 May 2015 09:34 #63908 by Riaang
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Middle June 2015, where can I expect to find water on the escarpment between Corner pass and Giants pass? Looks like at the bottom of all the ridges there are rivers, would they still have water for this time of year?

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22 May 2015 09:43 #63909 by ghaznavid
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Middle June 2015, where can I expect to find water on the escarpment between Corner pass and Giants pass? Looks like at the bottom of all the ridges there are rivers, would they still have water for this time of year?


Corner Pass might have usable ice on it near the top, but there probably won't be much water above contour path level.

Once you pass Giants Cave(s) you leave the riverbed on Giants Pass, and if you take the (easier) east route, which basically zig zags down the grass slope on the ridge of Giants Pass Peak, you will only see water on the contour path if the side streams aren't dry. You could always double back to the base of the pass, but it is rather overgrown.

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22 May 2015 09:48 #63910 by Riaang
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@Ghaz, my question relates to water above 3000m rather than at contour path levels. Plan is to go up Corner pass then South to Giants pass. Final day will be descending Giants pass and back to the carpark.

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22 May 2015 09:57 #63912 by Smurfatefrog
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You will get about 1km north of Corner, maybe before
Between Popple and Bannerman Pass
Behind Langies

I haven't been on the Jarateng side but I generally check on GE and if you can see water on GE then its safe to assume there'll be water there all year, unless its really dry, but June should be fine

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22 May 2015 10:07 #63913 by ghaznavid
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@Ghaz, my question relates to water above 3000m rather than at contour path levels. Plan is to go up Corner pass then South to Giants pass. Final day will be descending Giants pass and back to the carpark.

Only noticed the word "escarpment" now.

As Smurf says - and the Jarateng valley has a bigger river than all the others, so you should be fine in that valley as well.

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22 May 2015 15:42 #63927 by intrepid
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There is a small waterfall high up the Jarateng at S29 19.586 E29 26.888. I seem to recall this being iced up in July before, meaning there generally should be water there at least till mid-winter.

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22 May 2015 16:00 #63929 by ghaznavid
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There is a small waterfall high up the Jarateng at S29 19.586 E29 26.888.


This one?


Photo taken in September 2013. The water didn't look very clean in that pool, but there was enough flowing water above it for it to not be an issue. This isn't that far from the top of the Long Wall ridge and has plenty of nice camping ground just above it.

This is what it looks like in summer:

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