The upcoming hikes thread

27 Sep 2010 10:29 #1797 by diverian
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Hiked up to Bannermans Hut and along the contour path towards Giants hut, most of the many streams crossed where bone dry, with the exception of a couple of the ones with a larger catchment.The tarns are also bone dry and we slept in a small overhang above Giants Ridge that appears to normall be too wet for habitation.
Nothing much left to burn in the Northern area as it is exetnsively burnt already up to about Langebele Pass, but the brush and grass around the bottom of Giants Pass is extremely dry.

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28 Sep 2010 09:19 #1799 by Sterkhorn
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We did Sehlabathebe over the weekend.

Extremely hot and dry and very windy on Sunday, but awesome weekend. Climbed the southern Knuckle on Sunday morning. Skipped the Tsoelikana Falls, as we were informed that they were barely a trickle.

The tarns above Tarn Cave are bone dry, as are most of the tarns in the Park (besides 3 or 4 with a little stagnant water).

Only sign of fire were the 2-week old remains of a fire in the area around Bushman's Nek border post and the approach to Cedric's (now Twins) pools as well as the slopes of the northern Knuckle. Otherwise only firebreaks in the Park.

Below are some photos from the trip.

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29 Sep 2010 08:36 #1803 by JonWells
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The rain situation is really bad all over KZN it seems. This from the weather office:

"The month is almost over and the average rainfall is about 73mm. So far we only had 10 millimetres [in Durban] so it's way below average. With regards to Ladysmith the average is 38mm and so far we haven't had anything there."

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29 Sep 2010 09:09 #1804 by intrepid
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Thanks guys for reporting back. Not the best of conditions in the Berg at the moment, but still would have loved to be out there this last weekend.

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

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14 Jun 2011 06:58 #3134 by MountainGoat
Hi all, I'm leaving for Mweni from the 16th to 19 June. Anyone doing some hiking in the berg at that time?

Not too sure about the route, but as far as planned: Up Fangs, Down Rwanqa, up Mweni & down Rockeries. Anyone welcome to join!

Happy hiking :thumbsup:

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14 Jun 2011 08:27 #3135 by diverian
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Hey Jaques

That sounds like an "extra pass" too many. Planning something a bit more sedate in the Giants Castle Area, up Bannermans and down Giants Pass, with a detour to Giants Castle Peak.

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14 Jun 2011 08:52 - 14 Jun 2011 08:55 #3136 by intrepid
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Won't be in the Berg this time round. Enjoy it everyone.

@diverian: if you are planning on camping at Makhaza, or anywhere on the massif, bear in mind that smugglers use Elandshoek Pass even in the winter, so don't leave gear unattended even though it appears no-one is around. Encountered them there last winter. We were having a look at the ice fall at Makhaza and my friend kept smelling dagga..seemed odd cause it was mid-winter and no-one was around. We walked towards Elandshoek Pass and suddenly saw a bunch of them sitting on a flat area between Makhaza and the pass. They were not visible at all from Makhaza. 2 of them immediately got up and looked around - we had the distinct feeling they were looking for more hikers and where our gear/camp was. Luckily we had hidden our packs very well. We obviously made them uncomfortable because it didn't take long before they moved on and down the pass, yelling at us at times. We just sat and watched them.

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
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14 Jun 2011 10:29 #3137 by Scag
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Going camping at Cobham with my Rover crew. We wont be doing anything more than a day hike.

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14 Jun 2011 11:42 #3138 by geggy2
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Heading up Champagne Castle... going to sleep at Keiths and hit the pass early on fri morning, on top fri and sat... sun morn we'll come down all the way home.

Anyone else in the area, yo uare welcome to come camp with us.

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14 Jun 2011 12:21 #3139 by ghaznavid
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i will b spending 8 hours writing tests on sat, always makes a long weekend enjoyable... Any1 want 2 trade places?! Sounds like there is some pretty cool hiking going on this weekend, enjoy, i'm looking forward 2 seeing pics next week...

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