Cockade pass report

15 May 2013 08:56 #56911 by plouw
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Thanks Intrepid, also one of my favourite areas!
haha...some of the wildlife we encountered are indeed not indigenous to the area!

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15 May 2013 09:39 #56913 by HFc
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Duh....dis 'n witgat spreeu.

Inderdaad uitheems....

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15 May 2013 11:03 #56914 by tiska
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Highlands Fanatic wrote: ...dis 'n witgat spreeu.


or perhaps the flightless brown-eyed shag?

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15 May 2013 11:52 #56915 by HFc
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mnt_tiska wrote:

Highlands Fanatic wrote: ...dis 'n witgat spreeu.


or perhaps the flightless brown-eyed shag?



lol... :laugh:

No reply, I can't top this one. :thumbsup:

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16 May 2013 11:22 #56927 by neilburgs
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Neef, photos are awesome oke.

There was no space at the back of that cave. My feet were hard up against the back wall. I must say it was the best sleep I had the whole trip.

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16 May 2013 11:29 - 16 May 2013 11:35 #56928 by Bigsnake
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... and needing the toilet in the middle of the night :blink:

You said what we were all thinking!
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16 May 2013 16:34 #56935 by Pitcharelloes
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Hey Pieter

We are heading to that area next weekend and keen to do the similar route but in 3 days. Is that too ambitious? Our aim to go to the bottom of Cockade on day 1 (how close can we get to the bottom of the pass for a campsite for 2 tents?), then up Cockade and on to Roland Cave or the one you stayed in for night 2 and on down Organ Pipes via The Camel for the last day. Your thoughts?

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16 May 2013 18:37 - 16 May 2013 18:38 #56941 by plouw
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Hey Pitcharelloes.
I would say it is possible, but provided you ascend down the Camel and not Organ pipes!
We left the hotel the first day at 11am and arrived in the Cockade riverbed just after sunset. If you have an early start and camp further up the valley on the first day, at the Cockade / Xeni split (there is a level-ish spot big enough for two tents), it would be possible the following day to ascend Cockade pass and beyond to the Ndumeni caves. Keeping in mind these caves are about 30 minutes beyond Windy gap, so you will have to backtrack the next morning to Windy Gap. Also, maybe look at going around Cleft peak and not up and over to cut down time?
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17 May 2013 11:00 #56950 by Pitcharelloes
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Thanks for the feedback. Good to hear. We intend to hit the trail by 8am on the Friday morning. Was water easy to find along the route?

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17 May 2013 11:59 #56952 by plouw
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yes, there is water almost all the way up to the top of Cockade, then there's a awesome breakfast / lunch spot at the river just before you climb up towards Cleft peak (close to the gully of the False Tsekektseke pass), and then water again on the south side of Cleft peak and then a small stream again just before Thuthumi pass, on the way to the caves. I'm not sure about the section on the Camel, but confident you'll find some water again on the countour level.

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