Mini Hike Reports

22 Sep 2016 12:56 #69860 by Riaang
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Awesome photos Serious Tribe!

Makes me want to go back to Fangs this weekend :-)

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22 Sep 2016 18:38 #69864 by ghaznavid
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@ST: I think we need more photographic evidence to prove that the trip actually happened :P

Amazing shots!

Getting to the top is nothing, the way you do it is everything – Royal Robins

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23 Sep 2016 01:53 - 23 Sep 2016 01:58 #69867 by Serious tribe
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@Ghaz Might I direct you here. First image, Karl, Brad and Elinda. :P Photographs never lie, must be true then. :) photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMiLGtCHAsUX8o50FuHN2ImrvAuv8xjNOdbdNkAX9EGCRQqbnJqDCJqopYhlJMzsQ?key=d05XMGdHSHNVZHhuVWNwUHl5S3ppendPS2xDTF93

As you can see in image 4, I am sitting down trying to work out why i am feeling so :sick:
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28 Sep 2016 09:07 #69905 by tonymarshall
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Last weekend Biomech, Dominique, ghaznavid and tonymarshall did a circuit hike at Mnweni, ascending Mponjwane Pass via the Nceda River and descending Nguza Pass.

We left MCC on the Friday afternoon, and tented next to the Nceda River, the river you cross at the base of the Dassie before heading up the Dassie to Mlambu’s Kraal. The next morning we followed the Nceda River upstream, finding a path along most of the lower reaches which made the going a lot easier than we had expected. Higher up the trail disappeared, but there were still signs of use of the route with us seeing some local’s stuff in a small cave, and some pieces of rope amongst the boulders. For the majority of the upper section of the Nceda River Mponjwane Pass we used the boulder bed, but at one section went out onto the right (true left) grass slope to bypass some waterfalls.

Biomech, Dominique and ghaznavid on the grass slope bypass high up the valley, with the Dassie ridge far below.

After returning into the boulder bed, we were in the final gully with Mponjwane Peak on our left, and took the opportunity to touch the base of this impressive peak, something very few hikers get to do, and a small consolation for us who will probably never get to touch the top of the peak. The top of the gully is the route climbers use to approach the Mponjwane climb, and was the most difficult section with several scrambles, topping out in a nek with a large wormhole to scramble through(photo courtesy of Biomech).

We then had to descend a short gully, and ascend up another gully to the summit, near Mponjwane Cave, with a tricky scramble right at the summit. We overnighted in Mponjwane Cave.

The Sunday morning we traversed south to Nguza Pass.

The Nguza Pass grass ledge and descent gully (at the centre of the photo below) viewed from above with North Saddle in the background (photo courtesy of ghaznavid).

Commencing the descent of Nguza Pass (photo courtesy of Biomech).

The ‘don’t look down’ moment on the Nguza Pass grass ledge traverse (photo courtesy of ghaznavid).
The pass gully went by uneventfully, with the infamous chockstone scramble at the bottom of the gully being dry and fairly easy to do. Lots of boulder hopping down the valley to the junction with Rockeries Pass where we had lunch, and then the walk out along the path and road. We were back at MCC just before 4 o’clock.

I will post a detailed write up of Mponjwane Pass.

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02 Oct 2016 16:14 #69926 by ghaznavid
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They say a picture says a thousand words, so here's a 36000 word hike report from my trip up Popple this weekend - part of the MCSA 125 peaks for their 125th anniversary. Incidentally a path is forming on both Gypaetus Pass and South Hlubi Pass. There were also fresh animal bones near the top of Gypaetus Pass, and some rusted tools around 2600m on Gypaetus Pass.

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02 Oct 2016 16:18 #69927 by ghaznavid
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02 Oct 2016 16:22 #69928 by ghaznavid
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02 Oct 2016 16:23 #69929 by ghaznavid
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03 Oct 2016 15:11 #69937 by ghaznavid
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A Basotho Shepherd named Justice asked us to film him and put it on the internet, so here's his video:

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03 Oct 2016 15:13 #69938 by Biomech
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One of the dogs was a bit shy to put on a show.

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