Bollard Pass

16 Sep 2015 03:29 - 16 Sep 2015 03:42 #65099 by Serious tribe
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Yep it has great view. Just don't want to be there when the wind is blowing down from the west! :thumbsdown:

My new bivy bag was sucked up and out of that cleft where the water comes down, fortunately my phone was in my pocket and not in the bag. Have slept under that overhang at least 5 times and only once had issues with wind. That was august though, not surprising.

My mate ST2 and I found and I subsequently named it Waterfall Cave and built the masangas that are there.

There is usually water there, even in July and August. Summer is great as you can have a mammoth shoulder smashing shower, especially after a storm.

Here is shot on the roof of the overhang with our shadow rock art.

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16 Sep 2015 08:07 #65104 by Silverthorne
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Amazing picture :thumbsup:

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11 Oct 2015 15:10 #65350 by ghaznavid
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ghaznavid wrote: The day the Dragon fought back

Part 2 of this story to follow soon, but here are some photos that may give a clue of where this one is going...




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11 Oct 2015 17:55 - 11 Oct 2015 18:24 #65352 by Biomech
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ghaznavid wrote:

ghaznavid wrote: The day the Dragon fought back

Part 2 of this story to follow soon, but here are some photos that may give a clue of where this one is going...

Can't wait to hear the tale!

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13 Oct 2015 13:38 - 13 Oct 2015 15:13 #65383 by ghaznavid
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tiska wrote: Ghaz - I bet you get up Bollard before I get up Hilton! April/May (warmish/dry) is always a good bet.

@Tiska: have you done Hilton yet? Seems I may have lost this bet :laugh:

ghaznavid wrote: As for Bollard Pass, I rate it as a proper rock technical pass – in the same league as what I would expect from Injisuthi Pass and Hilton Pass... I cannot stress enough to people considering this pass – if you are not competent and experienced with rock climbing, don’t even try this pass. I would recommend taking up at least one 50m rope.

Seeing as others may be influenced by what I wrote - allow me to set the record straight on this pass:
1) Odd that I compared Bollard Pass to Injisuthi or Hilton seeing as I have never so much as looked up either of those pass gullies (my only trip to Injisuthi was almost entirely spent in thick mist). Bollard Pass will never be a pass I can compare to another pass as my 2 experiences on it are so wildly different.
2) Don't take a 50m rope :laugh:
3) I would be wary of doing this pass in wet or misty conditions as it is rather exposed in 2 places. The open book isn't really exposed, but in wet conditions it would be dangerous to downclimb.
4) With a day pack this pass drops about 3 levels of difficulty (probably true of most passes). It is only 8.5km from the car park to the top, so I highly recommend it as a day hike route. Wilson's Pass is a good loop, or Mashai Pass if you want an easier way out or more time on top.
5)Rock vs ROCK is always a fun topic; perhaps a Rock pass is a good descriptive fit. We hauled packs 3 times on my first go, and my pack didn't come off on my second go (admittedly a 4.5kg pack doesn't usually come off). There was a funny line up steep grass that we used last year, this time we used a lower more exposed, but much easier line through the lower waterfall. The open book is the crux of the pass, and I wouldn't climb it with an overnight pack on - so Rock it is. But definitely not ROCK or technical. In dry conditions the open book is probably B-grade.

I am going to call this pass a 5R/10. 5 might seem a tad low for difficulty, but the approach is easy, and the pass only really starts around 2500m. The 600 vertical meters are done in a relatively short distance, hence rating it a 5 rather than a 4. The R rating is given for the Open Book and the bit from Stealth Cave to "the ledge".

I must also add that this isn't a pass for beginners as quite a bit can go wrong. But for an experienced group, the pass is really fine.

Getting to the top is nothing, the way you do it is everything – Royal Robins
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13 Oct 2015 20:13 #65384 by intrepid
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ghaznavid wrote: 1) Odd that I compared Bollard Pass to Injisuthi or Hilton seeing as I have never so much as looked up either of those pass gullies (my only trip to Injisuthi was almost entirely spent in thick mist).

Agree, its not really a helpful comparison. The nature of Bollard is quite different, and not as difficult.

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