The Bell Traverse

11 Aug 2011 06:51 #3596 by Serious tribe
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Awesome bru!!! That must have been tiring, but a lot of fun. Those sliddy sections look cool.

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11 Aug 2011 08:06 #3601 by mike.wanliss
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Those sliddy sections look cool.


They were brilliant and loads of fun! A lifesaver for the knees too. I'd imagine were were able to slide for about 1km which was great.

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29 Aug 2011 17:17 #3850 by intrepid
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Just looking at this again I must say I appreciate the all the contributions made by the community. This is a great reference and will prove handy for many others. So thanks Mike, and everyone else who is active on this forum!

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30 Aug 2011 06:11 - 30 Aug 2011 06:16 #3855 by mike.wanliss
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:thumbsup: Always a pleasure!

Here a few more pics from our trip.

This was the mist that caught us just after we came through Orange Peel Gap.


The long walk up to Buggers Gully


Still going up...


The view back to Buggers Gully from where we descended.


You can see how thick the snow was here.


This was taken from near the Bell, someone can help with what the shot is of though :)


The Chessmen





The climb up towards Twins cave


A sunset shot from One-tree hill back towards where we'd been.




Cheers,
Mike

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10 Jun 2013 19:32 - 15 Mar 2019 00:23 #57236 by intrepid
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In order to better manage postings about the Bell Traverse, I am implementing the following:

- This is the official Bell Traverse thread. The Bell Traverse is defined by the hike between Orange Peel Gap and Twins Cave. The vast majority of hikes approach Organge Peel Gap from Cathedral Peak Hotel, or vice versa, and so that lower section of trail can also be included in reference to the traverse, to be practical.

- All future discussion should be posted here and any new posts not warranting their own thread will be moved here by the moderators. All historical threads that have no need for new posts have been locked.

- Often the Twins Cave end of the traverse is complimented by the lower section of Mlambonja Pass (ie as a classic 3-day itinerary). Many however also use the upper section of the pass, to connect escarpment traverses either from the South (ie from Cathedral Peak area) or from the North (from the Mnweni). In order to cater for discussion which is more about this aspect, ie the itinerary of a trip which includes the Traverse, the Itineraries for doing the Bell Traverse thread is the one to use (that thread used to be called "Bell Advice"). This is to help those who specifically want to read about the Traverse so they don't have to read through pages of posts which aren’t directly related to the topic.

- Some useful links to other posts on the Traverse:
www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/8-drakensberg-hiking/2516-dont-look-down.html (includes some discussion on the exposure aspect of the Traverse)
www.vertical-endeavour.com/blog/38-drakensberg/passes/152-the-bell-traverse.html (a formal review)

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Last edit: 15 Mar 2019 00:23 by intrepid. Reason: removed redundant links

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06 Feb 2014 17:46 #59642 by Paul Neame
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Hi All

Trying to get up to date info on the Traverse between Cathedral and bell cave on way to twins whats the condition of the trail will be going down in April struggling to get answers from Mountain club and Cathedral staff

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06 Feb 2014 18:32 - 06 Feb 2014 22:31 #59643 by tiska
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The route from Cathedral to Bell Cave is fairly straightforward, except for the bottom of the Cathedral Gendarme Gully. From the top of the Gendarme that leans against Cathedral Peak (so looking towards the escarpment with CP on your RHS), descend the gully till there is room for a path leading off on the steep slopes of Cathedral Peak. The point where you leave off the gully is loose and can be tricky in wet/ice/snow. If the point of connection between the gully and the path looks tricky, then descend a little further. Once on the path on the slopes of CP, its easy going and about 15 easy minutes max to Bell Cave. The path goes right in front of Bell Cave which is actually on CP not the Bell. If you get to the gap between CP and the Bell then you've missed the cave. Turn round and go back for about 5 minutes.
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06 Feb 2014 22:03 #59644 by intrepid
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Hi All

Trying to get up to date info on the Traverse between Cathedral and bell cave on way to twins whats the condition of the trail will be going down in April struggling to get answers from Mountain club and Cathedral staff

Hi Paul and welcome to this forum. I have merged your post with this official thread for the Bell Traverse. Have a look at the info here and in the links mentioned above and see if that helps?

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11 Feb 2014 14:00 #59661 by Paul Neame
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Can anyone tell me what the condition of the Cathedral peak trail to Bell cave onto twins is like at the moment thanx

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14 Feb 2014 11:20 #59684 by relevitt
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Same question as Paul's recent one, but walking in the opposite direction. Does anyone have fairly recent info on the state of Bugger's Gully, coming back off the escarpment from Twins Cave?

We'll be doing a five day Northern Traverse, going up at the Chain Ladder, so packs of 20kgs or more. If the weather's bad, we'll come down Mlambonja. If not, might try BT, but wouldn't want to get as far as Bugger's Gully and find we have a problem.

Any info much appreciated.

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