Minaret Pass

13 Nov 2011 21:43 #4731 by Serious tribe
Minaret Pass was created by Serious tribe
On saturday, there was a post on minaret pass. Unfortunately my images refused to load and i lost the info i had written as well. So i come this morning to rewrite the info and load the images and the topic has disappeared. Any idea what happened to it?

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
14 Nov 2011 06:27 #4732 by Sterkhorn
Replied by Sterkhorn on topic Minaret Pass
It was under " December Plans"

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
14 Nov 2011 07:21 #4734 by intrepid
Replied by intrepid on topic Minaret Pass
Sorry you lost what you had written ST, I hate it when that happens. What I normally do after writing a longish message is copy the text before submitting, so you have a backup. Please post the info on Minaret Pass on this thread though (have moved this to the passes section) makes it easier to find for later reference.

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

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
14 Nov 2011 08:34 #4742 by Serious tribe
Replied by Serious tribe on topic Minaret Pass
Ta. Yes i often do copy, but on this occasion, I did not not. Fortunately, it was not a huge amount of detail. I will go and upload the images and rewrite the info.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
15 Nov 2011 04:18 - 15 Nov 2011 06:19 #4773 by Serious tribe
Replied by Serious tribe on topic Minaret Pass
Minaret Pass

The pass is best accessed from Lakes Cave as per the Slingsby map route, however the map is a little misleading, and gives the impression that it is an almost straight course from the caves up the pass. This is not the case!

When you top out at the source of the iNhlabeni River (the river that runs past Lakes Cave) you will find yourself looking over a deep chasm of a valley that does not look like it should be there (Image 1a & 1c). This valley drains the slopes of both the Minaret and Amakehla Passes, and it is too deep and too big to try and traverse to the base of Minaret Pass. I have ringed three hikers on image 1a to give an idea of scale.

The only way, is to head northwards up the slopes of Amakehla and when you reach about 2550m start to contour in a westerly/sw direction back toward Minaret Pass, I do recall quite a good path once on the traverse. Once on the traverse, just burn it over a set of double waterfalls (see image 2 with the two hikers ringed) and then on into the base of the pass which is about 2652m. There was a large amount of water in the waterfalls in March.

Once in the pass, it is quickly noted that rock fall might be an issue as the fractured rock in the gully testifies. This was one of the passes that I actually managed to do rather quickly, spurred on in part by the worry about the potential rock fall, real or imagined. There was only one section that gave us some pause. There is a large rock in the middle of the pass that has to be negotiated. Because of an extra few inches, I was able to climb the section with my pack on, however the rest of our crew was not so fortunate, and Brad then hauled their packs up with rope. (see images 3&4) The top is a grass gully. Near the top, look over to your right and there is a nice waterfall coming off the top and running into the right hand gully.

We came off Amakehla Pass and followed the ridge all the way down through a set of beautiful tarns which I have (tongue&cheek)named Karl's Tarns.














Please login or register to view the images attached to this post.

Last edit: 15 Nov 2011 06:19 by Serious tribe.
The following user(s) said Thank You: intrepid, diverian, Stijn, plouw, ghaznavid, tonymarshall

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
15 Nov 2011 05:15 #4775 by Stijn
Replied by Stijn on topic Minaret Pass
Excellent pass write-up ST! And inspiring photos too... :thumbsup:

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
15 Nov 2011 06:01 - 15 Nov 2011 06:04 #4779 by ghaznavid
Replied by ghaznavid on topic Minaret Pass
Nice pics! Lol so I'm not the only one who names every unnamed feature in the berg...

Minaret is on my to do list, but far behind passes like Thamathu, Bollard, Wilson, Mzimude, Giants, Judge, Leslie's, Greys, Ships Prow, and the list goes on for another 12 or so passes, so probably after I've done Killi and Everest Base Camp...

Getting to the top is nothing, the way you do it is everything – Royal Robins
Last edit: 15 Nov 2011 06:04 by ghaznavid.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
15 Nov 2011 06:22 #4784 by elinda
Replied by elinda on topic Minaret Pass
Wow! - Have just seen your write up and photographs - fantastic - can't wait to do this - thanks so much ST2.....

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
27 Nov 2011 21:50 #5010 by Bigsnake
Replied by Bigsnake on topic Minaret Pass
Hey, who is that STUD in the blue top and the groovy cap! :laugh:

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
26 Mar 2015 14:25 #63205 by Balthazar1
Replied by Balthazar1 on topic Minaret Pass
Whilst we are yet to finalise our Easter hike- our plan B is to do the tried and tested Cobham shuffle- up Siphongweni- towards the Lakes area. With light day packs- how is Minaret Pass- from Lakes as a base or thereabout.... Compared to say Buttress Pass or Greys pass.... The threads on passes don't seem to have much on this one.... is there a reason I should re-consider this plan? For photos and bagging a pass....

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
Powered by Kunena Forum