Bollard Pass

19 Sep 2011 08:28 #4051 by JustinBaker
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Thanks Ghaznavid!

We did the route you mentioned above(in a very leisurely way)until we reached a point up the main pass valley. Running on a couple hours sleep and feeling properly kieshed out we decided it was better to set up camp near the river and have lunch.

Neither of the two of us could remember if this was the same pass in the pics on this thread(which I can now see it is). Anyway, there was a lot of iced up snow still in the pass and it looked to be steep beyond our capabilities. I was not keen to be slipping around on the ice that high up with no rope and a heavy pack.

We decided it was wiser to not attempt it and rather pitched the tent and got stuck into some wine, thinking we would maybe have a crack at it in the morning on fresh legs and with no packs.

That night, shortly after dinner, the wind picked up to gale force and stayed that way all night. Neither of us got much sleep with the tent shaking like it was possessed. In the morning the wind continued to howl and we decided to bail and head back down the way we came.

Maybe we'll have another crack at it when there's no snow.

Pic of our wind ravaged camp attached.

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19 Sep 2011 15:06 #4063 by SeriousTribe2
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Hey elinda

Nice pics. Looks like you guys gals;) stuck to the gully.
I have tacked an overtrace of your pic showing our route. The yellow/red dotted area is the 'open book' scramble, the steep bank above heads up to the cave complex behind the gendarme with the route out being a scramble back down the bank, cutting over the slab and up through another scramble to the bank above, with a steep but easy grass slope to the top.

The first waterfall, requiring a left/right zig-zag traverse on the south bank is just below and out of picture..

Glad you enjoyed. What a view from that cave !

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19 Sep 2011 15:09 #4064 by SeriousTribe2
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pic attached ????? freakin technology !

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19 Sep 2011 15:12 #4065 by ghaznavid
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Thats about how far up I got earlier this year. A bit brave to sleep in a river bed, in the event of a flash flood you could have been in an interesting predicament...

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19 Sep 2011 15:36 #4066 by ghaznavid
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@ST2: do you have a pic of the turnoff to Stealth Cave? I hope to do it in Oct/Nov this year and would like to sleep in the cave. Alternatively, do you have the GPS co-ords?

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19 Sep 2011 16:15 #4068 by SeriousTribe2
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:) Nah. No signs for turnoff sorry. :laugh:

The cave 'complex' is tucked in the scoop behind the freestanding gendarme, above the prominent block.
ie: you cannot see it easily from below, but have to follow on up the steep bank behind the block. It is marked in blue spotted thing on the pic.

No GPS sorry. Not that Hi Tech.:ohmy:

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19 Sep 2011 16:57 #4069 by ghaznavid
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Lol, I know there are no signs :)


How do I know when to turn off to the cave?

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20 Sep 2011 05:59 #4081 by JustinBaker
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We were on a grassy bank just out of the riverbed. With clear skies and icy winds I was pretty confident flash floods were not on the cards that night.

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20 Sep 2011 06:45 - 20 Sep 2011 06:46 #4082 by elinda
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Interesting to see the route you took, ST2. Yes - we did stick to the gully and climbed out just below the cave and then a scramble up - not sure whether we did the 'open book' scramble - there was a steep section where we pulled packs up and then on and upwards to the cave. I will attach a tracklog of our route. The gully was doable with the snow and ice, albeit tricky and slippery - crampons would have helped. Do you think it is possible in Summer conditions, or too wet?

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20 Sep 2011 12:51 - 20 Sep 2011 12:52 #4090 by SeriousTribe2
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Burn that pic into your retina buddy, or onto your BB screen :)

Pass is fairly narrow, and there is only one such feature. You shouldn't miss it.

Provided it is not: Dark. Misty. Snowstorm. Hailstorm etc.:blink:
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