Mini Hike Reports

08 Jan 2018 11:50 - 08 Jan 2018 11:52 #72594 by WarrenM
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Here are three of the pics from when the clouds started to lift on Saturday evening while in Rolands Cave, and one of the following morning when the clouds were very low in the valley







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08 Jan 2018 18:03 #72599 by Richard Hunt
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@Bigsnake... Awesome pic, this is my most favorite tenting spot in all the Berg......

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08 Jan 2018 19:20 #72602 by Bigsnake
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Thanks Richard, enjoyed your pics especially that last one.

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11 Jan 2018 21:02 #72626 by Smurfatefrog
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Some pics from our hike last weekend.
Papa Dragon, Singlespeed, Danah and I spent Friday night at Gxalingenwa cave, Saturday headed up to the Hub then down to Pholela cave.

Lunch on a very hot day at Pinnacle Rock


Morning view from Gxa


Another hot day heading up to 2500m with no shade available


Has anyone checked out this cave opposite gorge cave?


Another hot clear day on Sunday. Amazingly we didn't get any storms or a single drop of rain!

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11 Jan 2018 21:25 - 12 Jan 2018 15:27 #72627 by Smurfatefrog
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After the mid November snowfall Papa Dragon, Dave, Danah and myself hiked to Sleeping Beauty Cave on Friday night, headed part way up Tsepeng Pass on Saturday (before realising the snow chocked pass was too dangerous) and then down to Secret Cave. Sunday we headed back by going up onto Sondonzima ridge

The view coming into Underberg


Dave taking some shots in Sleeping Beauty Cave
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The river in the cave was very full and noisy


Good to see some path maintenance (bridge building) was done between SBC and Engagement


Quick visit to the annex cave


Tsepeng Pass left and Bollard Pass right


Tsepeng Pass


On our way back down into the valley


On the way to Secret Cave. It was always our backup plan, but we did get some on the go assistance from Elinda


Secret cave was a pleasant surprise

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11 Jan 2018 21:28 - 12 Jan 2018 15:27 #72628 by Smurfatefrog
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Scrambling up onto Sondonzima ridge with the cave down below


We were hoping to come across the tunnel caves


The ridge had a lot more ups and down than expected, but it was a nice variation to walking out via Hidden valley

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29 Jan 2018 10:57 #72732 by GriffBaker
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This past weekend MarkT, Clark and I went to Giants Castle.

We spent the first night in the lovely Bannerman Cave. The next morning we headed up Bannerman pass.

We had a look at Bannerman Cave, which was not bad but rather cold and a bit wet. We then descended to Langalibalele pass and had a look at the Carbineers grave.

Then it was a long slog over Mount Durnford until we descended Giants pass and spent the night in Giants Cave. Plenty of Shepherds around, all friendly and engaging as usual.

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29 Jan 2018 10:59 #72733 by GriffBaker
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last few

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19 Feb 2018 20:26 #72832 by Richard Hunt
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Elinda and myself had a nice introductory hike into 2018 with lots more planned.
See our story... richardhuntphotographer.blogspot.co.za/2018/

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20 Feb 2018 11:48 #72837 by WarrenM
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With much anticipation Dave and I set off on Saturday morning for the Sentinel Car Park, with the intention of sleeping in Ledgers on Saturday night and then Ifidi on Sunday night and then back to the car early on Monday. 82ks in total, and it was much longer than I anticipated.

We expected some rain, but we were spared, we just had to navigate with very little visibility on Saturday afternoon as the weather came in, from just before you drop into the fangs valley all the way through to ledgers.

The escarpment has a huge amount of water on it is really great to see, what is did mean was that we had wet feet most of the time because the ground is so saturated with water.

The areas close to the Amphitheatre are very active in terms of shepherds etc, they were at the top of the claim ladders on Saturday, even half way down the gully on Monday and our last encounter was just before the fangs valley.

This was the falls just before Icidi pass


View from pass Ifidi cave


Tugela falls


View from ifidi


Early morning from Ledgers




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