Lammergeier Pass

07 Feb 2019 01:28 #74626 by intrepid
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This is the official thread for Lammergeier Pass in the Bushman's Neck area. The pass is not marked on the map and the name was put forward on berg.co.za, presumably derived from Lammergeier Cave which is on the map. This cave lies on the pass route. The summit of the pass is close to Goat's Cave. It isn't a very obvious pass compared to many other Berg passes and didn't really have a distinct track when I did it but this may have changed as it was some time ago. Not to be confused with  Lammergeyer Pass in the Free State, the name of which was put forward by Derek Odendaal.

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07 Feb 2019 10:18 - 08 Feb 2019 07:32 #74628 by Richard Hunt
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I never thought that the way past Lammergeier Cave which comes out at Goats Cave is called a pass. It is a way through and has some nice views of the typical Bushmans Nek sandstone. There is a path going nearly the whole way up via Cedric's Pool and it seems to fade away between Goats and Lammergeier Caves, but is not needed as the way through is obvious. Here are some photos:


Goats Cave

Looking up to Lamageier Cave

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Last edit: 08 Feb 2019 07:32 by JonWells. Reason: Aligned images
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07 Feb 2019 22:30 #74630 by intrepid
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Thanks for the photos Richard. Yes, the pass is at first thought not an obvious one. However it definitely provides a way over the range and crosses the watershed. It actually is similar to Thamathu Pass and Ngwangwane Pass in some ways, just that the latter two are established and it doesn't strike us as odd in those cases.

It gets really interesting around the Sehlabathebe border. The Knuckles Passes seem obvious enough because they resemble what we are accustomed to in the rest of the Berg. But then the Knuckles taper down in the South well across the border into Lesotho resulting in a radical change to the escarpment edge, which is much lower and less distinct along the Sehlabathebe border. But  it remains the watershed and still crosses "the range" so to say. This part of the escarpment looks "Little Berg-ish", yet there are established passes in this section too, such as Bushman's Neck Pass. This then implies that any route that crosses over into Sehlabathebe from Bushman's Neck is technically a pass. Dave has documented the route up to Tarn Cave directly from the valley beneath it as "Tarn Cave Pass" on berg.co.za. It isn't what we would instinctively want to call a pass, but consistent thinking implies that it is.

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08 Feb 2019 19:18 #74635 by elinda
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And here are two photos of the pass in Summer conditions



Approaching Lammergeier Cave



Looking down Lammergeier Pass from Goats Cave

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