Itineraries for doing the Bell Traverse
We have four nights. Our plan is to sleep in Tseke valley on first night, ascend Cockade and sleep just above pass, third night at Twins (short day, but keen to explore escarpment a bit), fourth night at Bell cave or on level camping area next to CP, climb CP, and then walk out the last day.
The trip from the hotel to base of Tseke past Ribbon Falls is about 7km (making an assumption that this is your intended route). That is easily completed in a day.
The trip from Tseke to where the contour path climbs into the Xeni Valley is 8km and is a long bush whacking haul (2.5-3 hours). You then have another 3km until the start of Cockade proper (2 hours) and then about 2.5km up Cockade (2-3hours). So depending on fitness of your team about 6.5-8hours without breaks. Going to be a long day.
@plouw you mention twins on night two, but then mention sleeping there on night three? I assume the latter is the correct night.
I wld do the following.
Hike to tseke hut or campsite area sleep over - night 1 (Photography - Sunrise on Columns and Pyramid)
Hike to base of Cockade Pass - night 2 (P - Sunrise on Xeni Buttress)
Hike up pass to sleep Twins - night 3
Hike to Bell Cave - night 4 (there is a small flat section not far from Bell Cave were we where able to pitch a tent, I think it might fit two at a push but has steep ground on either side) See attached image, you can just see the tent and my friend lit by the sun.
Enjoy. What a way to spend 5 days
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We want to camp close to the hotel on the last night, as we'll have to get to the car park by mid morning. It might be too much of a push all the way from Bell cave.
plouw wrote: @Serious tribe: jip, i will kick them out of bed early. Very keen to get the sunrise shot from top of Cockade, and then i saw on old photos, that the sun rises through bugger gully if you stand at Bell cave...might get some nice lens flare shots there.
To give you an idea of what it will look like from the top of Cockade for the sunrise (and please excuse quality - these are straight out of camera and no editing):
But rather pray for some interesting weather to get shots like this: