Corner Pass / Judge Pass, Mafadi, Leslie's Pass Loop

31 Mar 2010 18:19 #1043 by anthony
WE did the route to the bottom of the pass last year and according to my book coming from Injasuti the path is on the left hand side of the bank from marble baths so after a lot of bushwacking ad eventually down into the river bed and a lot of boulder hopping we made it to the camp site at the bottom of Leslie's pass.The next morning we headed back and eventually found the path to be on the opposite bank and what a difference ,it is a bit vague in places but quiet doable i do have a GPS track for it now it comes out at the campsite at marble baths.

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31 Mar 2010 19:30 #1044 by tiska
It would be great to get the GPS track - the more who walk that route, the better the path will be.
I'm surprised, though, that the path is on one bank only. Usually the river terrace paths cross from one side to the other, as the river terrace comes and goes on the bends.....

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07 Jun 2010 09:14 #1355 by MountainGoat
It would be great to have the gps of that path if you can send to me in a PM or upload somewhere I'd appreciate it a lot.

We're doing a hike down to Giant's Castle Camp site (leaving thursday morning / 10th), but in t he event of any misfortune coming our way & we need to get out of the berg sooner we'd like to do the Leslies pass to the Injisuthi Camp.

Thanx

J

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07 Jun 2010 17:51 #1356 by SeriousTribe2
Re bottom of LESLIES PASS.
I am glad someone else has experienced Hell On Earth.
Not to discourage, but until you pop out onto the rolling slabs of Marble baths, you are either in for Boulder Hop, or Bush Thrash.
From past exp. {and dont ask why we have used it so often] stick to the river bed when you come off the steep ridge descent to the campsite. After maybe 6-800m the left hand bank [N] becomes quite high off the bed. Find your way up onto it and stay as close to the edge as possible. Eland usually have done a good job clearing some of the thicker bush at this point. As Stijn says, from here the North bank is better than the river.

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23 Feb 2011 20:11 - 24 Feb 2011 18:53 #2458 by injasuthi
Thanks for all the usefull information on the site.Only one problem .The G6 to Corner pass GPS track.If it displays correctly on Google earth.I believe it does because I saw two people taking this route and could not make much sense of where they were going.You do mention variations but this track is peculiar.It makes no sense to climb out of the valley on the right just past Fergy's cave unless you are training for the Iron man competition or something.You have to come down to the river valley again. Just cross the stream just past Fergy's and continue on the left bank up to where the valley splits.Cross again and take the right split for about 100m.Cross the tribituary stream left and then start the "killer climb!"
Last edit: 24 Feb 2011 18:53 by intrepid.

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24 Feb 2011 18:58 #2463 by intrepid
Hi Injasuthi. I think sticking to the river after Fergy's Cave is probably the more official route, I'll GPS this when I'm out there again. Indeed the climb up out of the valley just after the cave is a little steep, but it is short lived and then simply contours along the valley. You do loose a little bit of altitude just before the stream-crossing after which the killer climb starts, but its not too bad. The advantage with the higher route is less river crossings.

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

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14 May 2011 19:57 #2869 by J9vlooi
Hi we are planning a trip in August up to Mafadi via centenary hut and corner pass.
Does anyone know what the water situation is like up that way?
Also is there anyone that can offer up any advise and tips for me?

Thank you very much

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15 May 2011 00:10 #2870 by Serious tribe
Hi dude

Welcome to VE. Gr8 to see newer members using the site. If you go to the search function at the top right of the page, you can search on corner pass as there has been a fair amount of discussion on this pass. I would suggest you go through it and then ask questions based on that. In short though, it will take you at least 5 hours to the hut from iNjisuthi and another 6 or so up the pass depending on snow etc. - I would do this over two days.

You would also need to be well equipped with the right gear as snow collects in this pass and sticks around for a while - Check this link out for images of snow in corner pass. www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/11-drakensberg-passes/1227-corner-pass.html?limit=6&start=6

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16 May 2011 10:40 #2879 by J9vlooi
Hi Thanks will do that ... If i have any other questions will ask.

Thank you
Janine

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29 May 2011 11:06 #3002 by andyP
Hi guys

How dificult is it to start at injasuthi main camp, up corner pass, acrosss to leslies pass, down to marble baths and back to camp in three days? I heard that one should plan it as a four day hike, but we would prefer do it in three.

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