Who is doing or has done the Grand Traverse
Thanks for the offer but we plan to be finished by then and we hope to do it entirely unsupported from 19-24 Sept
andrew r wrote: Any Grand Traverses planned for the Spring 2014 window?
I have a 3-day hike planned for Mweni area 25-27 September, but would be keen to be part of a re-supply team in the weeks before or after. I am a noob Berg hiker but reasonably fit and keen to learn by doing.
Our itinerary at this stage is:
Night 1 (10/09/2014): Ifidi Cave
2 (11/09/2014): Pins Cave
3 (12/09/2014): Easter Cave
4 (13/09/2014): Ndumeni Cave
5 (14/09/2014): Ndedema Cave
6 (15/09/2014): Leslie's Pass
7 (16/09/2014): Bannerman's Pass
8 (17/09/2014): The Tent
9 (18/09/2014): Mkhomazi Pass
10 (19/09/2014): Sani Top
11 (20/09/2014): Stones Pass
12 (21/09/2014): Mzimude Pass
13 (22/09/2014): Finish at Bushman's Nek border post
The high berg escarpment functionally ends at Walkers Peak, yet the official definition of a full KZN Berg GT requires completion at Thamathu Pass or south of there. This has always bugged me - logically if the goal is:
1) to cover the entire KZN/Lesotho border, one would have to continue 30km further south
2) to cover the KZN high Berg escarpment, one could finish at Saddle Nek Pass; or
3) to hike past the last 3000+m KZN peak peak, one would have to complete the traverse south of the Knuckles
Similarly it seems to be considered poor form to finish at Ngwangwane Pass even though it tops out right next to Thamatu Pass and gets you back to the same place over roughly the same distance.
I know that people used to finish a GT at Sani, which makes no logical sense at all seeing as you chop out one of the highest escarpment ridges, as well as 2 of the harder ones (not to mention some of the most scenic escarpment valleys).
Very off topic on this thread - but perhaps someone with a good idea of GT history could provide some insight.
@Smurf: that would make sense. I can definitely identify with a hike plan that includes climbing a peak and then not ending up actually climbing it - and that is without doing 200km in very little time beforehand.