Mnweni Pass - Rockeries Pass Loop

14 Feb 2019 10:01 #74657 by rbpkrod
Hi All,

I hope this is the right place to post this!

Been lurking here for a while, I'm fairly new to the Berg (only been to Amphitheater and the Mnweni foothills). I'm planning a trip to the Berg over Easter, wanted to hear your thoughts: The basic idea is up Mnweni and down Rockeries, over 5 days 4 nights.
 
Day 1: MCC to below Mnweni pass (either 5 star or camping in the Valley)
Day 2: Up the pass to escarpment, camp at somewhere near the top of Mnweni Pass (to photograph the
Pinnacles) 
Day 3: Possibly head to the viewpoint to the Cutback and sleep somewhere there?
Day 4: Head to Mponjwane/Ledgers/Rockeries, spend the night somewhere there
Day 5: Down Rockeries back to MCC
 
I know this is typically done over 3 days, so I have ample time, what would you recommend, especially for photography? Also, if I understand correctly: once you get on top from the pass the Needles will be South(ish) and the Pinnacles to the North(ish). in order to get to the Cutback where you can see both you have to walk North on the escarpment, is my understanding correct?

Cheers 

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14 Feb 2019 15:55 #74658 by DesPorter
An alternative would be going up Fangs instead of Mnweni and approaching the pins from the north and then onto the cutback which seems to me the better approach for your photography.

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26 Aug 2020 19:04 #75984 by Ephishl
What are thoughts in up fangs pass and down rockeries versus up mweni pass and down rockeries from a scenery and difficulty perspective (both physical and orientation)?

Is the up fangs pass route doable in three days also and where is a good camping spot at the base of the pass?

If anyone has a GPS path or distances would be super helpful. Suppose we could also get rides down the dirt roads if that saves some time and less interesting walking.

Thanks!

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26 Aug 2020 19:33 - 26 Aug 2020 19:37 #75985 by Smurfatefrog
Mwneni has a solid path the whole wayFangs does not, and has a lot of boulder hoppingFangs navigation is a bit harder, but not a problem if preparedThe Fangs loop is obviously longer, probably about 15km more for the loopPossible over 3 days, all fitness depending. Getting up to Fangs cave on day 1 is a big day but definitely possible. 2 days out via Rockeries is fine from there.You can camp at the base of Fangs pass, at the split with Mbundini. This section does seem to be frequented by locals now though, a few weeks ago there were donkeys, blankets, fires and cut grass there.I've attached a GPS track of Fangs > Rockeries over 3 days. Night 1 Fangs cave, night 2 Ledges cave

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Last edit: 26 Aug 2020 19:37 by Smurfatefrog.

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