A staggered grand traverse

03 Jul 2013 11:16 #57522 by ghaznavid
There is a thought I have been having recently, discussed it with Kliktrak on Sunday and would be interested in others views on it.

For a start - GT last year was unquestionably the most significant and enjoyable hike I have done. It had its painful moments and was not easy - but was definitely more than worth it. @anyone thinking of doing a GT: if the opportunity presents itself, do it! You will not regret it.

But at the same time, the last 2 or 3 days of GT become a bit boring, you stop noticing the views and it almost becomes a routine. You also tend to follow valleys and naturally you end up missing a lot of the Berg (e.g. in my case we completely bypassed Vergelegen by going Thabana Ntlenyana, only re-entering SA near Hlathimba Pass).

Also, for lots of people the idea of uprooting from their daily life to do a 2 week GT isn't practical/possible. Also, if you don't do it with a club it is a mission to organise resupplies etc.

So - here's a thought:
- You identify a long list of passes you want to do, around 50 would be a good number
- You get a group of people together and commit to weekends of doing each over a set time period (e.g. a year would give you a hike more or less every 2nd weekend)
- You make sure you cover the entire Berg by doing every second pass on your list. E.g. You start by going up Chain Ladders and coming down Icidi, the next weekend you go up Ifidi and down Fangs, then up Mbundini down Mnweni etc

It wouldn't be a GT by definition, but you would cover the entire escarpment and most passes. You would also have the sense of systematically covering the Berg (although nothing stops you from doing the distance out of order).

I would be interested in hearing others views on this.

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03 Jul 2013 11:24 #57525 by Josh of the Bushveld
Sounds very interesting.
I think a hike every 2 weeks might be more difficult to arrange than a full two weeks :)
Its very similar to the way a lot of people hike the Appalachian Trail in the US, doing sections at a
time as and when possible.

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03 Jul 2013 11:34 #57527 by ghaznavid

joshilewis wrote: I think a hike every 2 weeks might be more difficult to arrange than a full two weeks :)


In theory people could miss bits of it, but these things are never the same if you don't achieve as a team. Doing 1 reserve at a time could make it a bit easier. You could also do it over 3 years, that's once every 6 weeks...

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03 Jul 2013 11:38 #57528 by Smurfatefrog
You wouldn't cover the whole escarpment, in your example you won't cover the section between Ifici & Ifidi for example ;)

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03 Jul 2013 11:42 #57530 by ghaznavid

Smurfatefrog wrote: You wouldn't cover the whole escarpment, in your example you won't cover the section between Ifici & Ifidi for example ;)


That's why you alternate passes - you pass Ifidi to reach Icidi, then you go up Ifidi, hike past Icidi and Mbundini and drop down Fangs.

It's fun at Garden Castle - there are so many passes close to eachother, you could go from Pitseneng to South Mzimkhulu, North Mzimkhulu to Rhino or Mashai Pass, Verkyker to Bollard, Wilson to South Mzimude etc...

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03 Jul 2013 11:48 #57531 by Smurfatefrog

ghaznavid wrote:

Smurfatefrog wrote: You wouldn't cover the whole escarpment, in your example you won't cover the section between Ifici & Ifidi for example ;)


That's why you alternate passes - you pass Ifidi to reach Icidi, then you go up Ifidi, hike past Icidi and Mbundini and drop down Fangs.

It's fun at Garden Castle - there are so many passes close to eachother, you could go from Pitseneng to South Mzimkhulu, North Mzimkhulu to Rhino or Mashai Pass, Verkyker to Bollard, Wilson to South Mzimude etc...

ah yes, my bad, skim reading :pinch:

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03 Jul 2013 11:48 #57532 by Stijn
Replied by Stijn on topic A staggered grand traverse
I sense a resurrection of the SUPER TRAVERSE!!! :woohoo:

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03 Jul 2013 11:51 #57534 by ghaznavid

Stijn wrote: I sense a resurrection of the SUPER TRAVERSE!!! :woohoo:


I may have slightly stolen the idea from you :whistle:

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10 Jul 2013 08:24 #57609 by ahowes
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mmmmm I like this idea!!!

I'm going on a hike tommorow up Organs down Tseketsek! Trying to do another 24 hour Adventure race style mission. So I like this idea very much.

Will let you know how it goes!

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10 Jul 2013 10:43 #57610 by ghaznavid

ahowes wrote: mmmmm I like this idea!!! ... Trying to do another 24 hour Adventure race style mission.


I wonder if its possible to do a staggered traverse/super traverse by a series of day hikes. Although I'm sure Chain Ladders to Ifidi would be a "fun" day hike :laugh:

I'm thinking (when I have some time) I might actually plan a route, revolving around 25 weekends with the odd 3 dayer thrown in for the longer walkins and harder passes (basically Mnweni and Vergelegen). It may be worth doing this over an extended period of time (but not in the correct order). Even if its just statistical/a long term goal.

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