Water Watch 2019

17 Jan 2019 07:56 #74553 by intrepid
Water Watch 2019 was created by intrepid
This is the official thread for Water Watch 2019. Post all water-availability related matters here for the Drakensberg. Everyone is encouraged to post updates from trips that they have just been on.

Historical Water Watch threads:

The 2018 thread moved a little slowly. We will see how things go in 2019 to see if it really needs to be broken up into an annual thread, or if it just needs one collective thread like it started off as.

I have copy and pasted the following from the 2018 thread as a reminder of some ideas on how to develop this:

In order to stimulate participation on this thread, I have drawn up a list of commonly used camp-spots, caves and routes where water availability may be an issue. This is just off the top of my head to get the ball rolling. We can also add strategic on-route fill up spots on popular passes or on the escarpment. The idea for people to post updates on the water situation at those locations whenever they have recently been there.

Amphitheatre escarpment, including Tugela Falls & Crows Nest Cave
Ifidi Cave
Madonna Pass and Fang's Pass area, including Rat Hole Cave and Fang's Cave
Mnweni Pass and Rockeries Pass area, including Ledger's Cave and Mponjwane Cave
Bell Traverse, including Twins Cave and Bell Cave
Organ Pipes Pass area including Roland Cave and all other caves on the Ndumeni Dome
Thuthumi Ridge and Camel routes up Organ Pipes Pass
Didima Cave
Keith Bush Camp
Upper Injasuthi Cave
Bannerman Cave

Please suggest more commonly used or important locations.

It may also be an interesting exercise to draw up a list of camp spots and caves where water is never an issue. For example, has the water at Nkosazana Cave ever dried up?

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.

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17 Jan 2019 08:52 #74554 by firephish
Replied by firephish on topic Water Watch 2019
Bell Traverse, including Twins Cave and Bell Cave

Did the Bell Traverse this last weekend, water was not too bad at the moment. We  observed the following:
Bell Traverse: two nice strong trickles between inner & outer Horns, besides that not much until you come down off Cathedral Peak.
Bell Cave: very slow drip, about 200ml / hour. Drip 15/20m below cave even slower.
Twins Cave: Drip in Twins Cave is dripping ok, about 500ml/ hour there is also a proper trickle that is much faster about 3/4s of the way to Twins Cave Annex.

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