Walker's Pass - South Gully Route

12 Oct 2015 16:55 #65368 by ghaznavid
Anyone ever had a go at the South Gully of Walkers Pass:


The gully seems rather obvious. But the approach is tricky as there is a massive waterfall in the small Berg (or so it appears from the top of Andre's Knob).



Myself and Kliktrak had a go at this pass a few weeks back, but abandoned the trip at 2400m in thick mist. We shot for the Ridge Route on Walkers Pass, but bailed at the lower scramble (around 2650m), most because we couldn't back out if the upper scramble was too difficult when wet. We found a nice route up from Slab Cave to the ridge south of the Hidden Valley. Conditions were generally wet and miserable.

Some other photos from the trip:


A rock formation on the ridge south of the Hidden Valley.


A cool rock formation on the ridge.


The view from Slab Cave on the Friday morning when the mist cleared.

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12 Oct 2015 17:34 #65369 by Stijn
Hi Ghaz. I haven't attempted the pass itself but have crossed above that waterfall when approaching Mzimude Pass from Bushman's Cave.

It was a long time ago, but I don't recall any technical difficulties. Just a steep slog straight up to the narrow ridge opposite Bushman's Cave, gaining even more height along this ridge and then contouring at about 2400-2500m into the Walker's Pass valley, above the waterfall.

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12 Oct 2015 17:45 #65370 by Stijn
Looking at the photos now, it seems that there is an even higher waterfall than the one we crossed above - not sure which you are referring to?

The narrow ridge as viewed from Bushman's Cave (note me on top of the ridge for scale)


Looking down to the major waterfall on Walker's Pass at about 2400m


Looking up Walker's Pass (note higher waterfall)

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12 Oct 2015 18:03 - 12 Oct 2015 18:34 #65373 by ghaznavid
Thanks Stijn :thumbsup:

That waterfall looks easy to skip!

Found another photo of the pass from Andre's Knob


That awkward moment when your number of posts is approaching the altitude of the summit of Thlanyako Pass :laugh:

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