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(The trail must be a lot higher up the side of the slope than where we were traversing )
Will wait for Ghaz to comment when he gets back.
make a difference. today.
The trail intrepid and I saw was quite a bit away from/higher up than the stream gully.
andrew r wrote: Will wait for Ghaz to comment when he gets back.
I think I will need to recover from the epic day that was yesterday before I am in state of mind to reply
Getting to the top is nothing, the way you do it is everything – Royal Robins
On our ascent of Column last week we used this "new" trail. At "the waterfall" we clambered up the true left slope and got onto it right away, thus bypassing the waterfall totally. We stayed on this trail all the way up to the bivvy rock (more or less where the flowing water ends). You can thus effectively bypass a lot of the more clambery bits of the gully. Having done this trail now, there was one part of it which I distinctly remember on an ascent of the pass some 10 years ago (before the flood), thus some parts of this trail are not entirely new. On our way down we followed the trail all the way down to almost directly opposite the VE pine tree site. Went very quickly.
tonymarshall wrote: When intrepid and I were up on the slopes below Cleft Peak last year cutting pines (when the waterfall photos were taken on our return down to the hut), we thought we could see a trail developing across the valley on the true left side in the mid section of the pass. Would that be the trail you used Deon?
Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
Not sure if this is repeated information, but you can pass both waterfalls on the true left (facing downstream), there is a trail there and this is much easier with no climbing involved. On the way up just before the first waterfall you see cairns going right, and on the way down you will see cairns leading left across the river bed about 50m above the big rock bivi site. We saw a party go down the wrong way last weekend, this may well be the same group mentioned in this post.