Mini Hike Reports

31 Aug 2020 10:37 #76009 by Stijn
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Great stuff @vivo101 - looks like you got the full on adventure experience :thumbsup:

Well done for committing to the depths of the cutback! That's a wild place where few people have gone...
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07 Sep 2020 19:28 #76033 by WarrenM
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Southern Mnweni pass traverse - 6 passes in one day!


On Friday night I set off with AndrewP from MCC around 5pm in the back of the bakkie, and started up the Ntonjelana valley shortly after, we made good time and got to the top of Ntonjelana Pass to watch the moonrise over the Cathedral range, and then took a closer look at the moon from Easter peak before settling into Easter Cave at somewhere around 21h30.




Andrew had specific plans for the weekend and so did I, so first thing on Saturday morning we were up and going at around 5.30, we stash the overnight packs in Christmas pass and then parted ways, I descended Twins pass to below the waterfall before turning to Christmas Pass to head up it, I was back at my pack by 8am – I was feeling GOOD.



I collected my overnight pack and head across the Ntonjelana ridge, where I bumped into Elinda, Richard Hunt and SeriousTribe. It was nice to have some people to chat to given I was going to be on my own the whole day.

It was then off to North Ntonjelana Pass, I stashed my pack in the pass and then headed down at about 9.15, the Initial slope felt extremely steep and it didn’t get any easier as I headed down the true right slope of the pass, at around 2,200m and then cut up the true left ridge of the pass to get onto the true right side of South Saddle pass and head up, these two passes landed up destroying my feet!

South Saddle and for the fact North Ntonjelana Pass are spectacular, the view of the Cathedral range are brilliant, but the passes felt Brutal.





Again once on top, 13h36, I fetched the overnight pack that I stashed and headed to Nguza Pass, shattered but determined to get two more passes I foolishly descending Nguza, and after that it took everything I had to get up Rockeries and to Mponjwane Cave which I got to around 8pm.





Through the night weather came in and on Sunday morning decided to head back down rockeries and back to the car.

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09 Sep 2020 12:54 #76042 by elinda
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It was great meeting you Warren - and well done on a massive effort! I can't imagine doing all of those passes in one day :ohmy:

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09 Sep 2020 14:07 #76043 by Richard Hunt
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@Warren.... We looked at South Peak Pass while coming up Ntonjelana Pass and it was crazy steep. Well done Warren, you are brave! This is a photo of you approaching South Peak Pass.......

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11 Sep 2020 08:44 #76052 by Serious tribe
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Great to meet you out there and well done guys. I can imagine doing all those passes in 6 days, never mind in one!!!!:hike: :blink: :hike: :blink:
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21 Sep 2020 10:39 #76101 by WarrenM
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On Friday our family set off from Giants Castle and overnighted in SpareRib cave, definitely in the top 3 of my list of cave slept in.









The Goal was Mafadi, it would be Daniel (age 10) and Zac's (age 8) first trip to the escarpment, so on Saturday we ascended the rest of Bannerman pass and headed north to Mafadi, the boys did fantastically the are such champs we are so proud of them, we took it section by section and made it to Mafadi on day 2 at around 14h00. We then spent the night in UIC.



Then Yesterday we went from UIC to Giants Camp via Judge Pass
This was meant to be 2 days but Dan had a fall in Judge Pass and a rock rolled over his arm, at the Dr currently to see if it is broken.
What absolute stars the boys are, their attitude to what needed to get done to get Dan off the mountain showed real maturity, Dan walked off the mountain on his own feet with more than 15ks to get to the car, not a complaint from either of them and they did fantastically to keep their spirits up when you could see that they were fatigued, Ruthie and I learnt a proper lesson from them yesterday





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21 Sep 2020 15:26 #76104 by GetaPix
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Thanks Warren for the report and photos. Im glad your son took it like a man and braved his way out of the mountains. Being a father of three boys myself looking back you realise how quickly things can go wrong. On my way out this weekend again with an inexperienced group and in planning my route I keep thinking what would be safer for these youngsters. It remains a hostile environment where anything can go wrong in an instant
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02 Oct 2020 18:37 - 02 Oct 2020 19:26 #76151 by hikingle
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My husband and I did our very first hike for the year about two weeks ago. Our initial plan was up Fangs and down Rockeries. It didn't turn out that way but we had an amazing trip none the less.
Day 1 started quite late (after midday). Our friendly driver spoke the entire way and seemed quite interested in why we hike. He told me that when he was younger he would go into the mountains to hunt jackals. From the moment we started walking, the heat started affecting me. And it would for the next few days! We took the low approach and it was quite pleasant walking along side the river. The Mweni River has some pretty cool pools.
On Day 2 we walked up the Icidi River Valley. I have to confess, quite embarrassingly, that we went up the wrong valley. I wish I had an excuse but I'll just say our navigation skills were a bit 'rusty' :whistle: after being indoors for 5months. The Icidi River Valley turned out to be quite beautiful and we found a place to pitch up our tent by the river just past Grasscutters Cave. So while our drinks were chilling in the water we sat and enjoyed the spectacular view of The Mweni Needles at sunset.
The next day we made our way to the Mbundini campsite. When we got to the river at 5 Star Cave a young shepherd came down to talk to us. It just so happens that the shepherd, Mvulani, is family to Colleen at the MCC. He told us that he would have to stay there for 3 months to tend to the cattle and then he would go back home. My husband asked if he could go up to the cave and Mvulani was quite happy to show him their living area. There was an older shepherd with him. And i think my husband counted 4 to 6 dogs. Navigation from here wasn't too difficult as the trail had no serious overgrown parts and the water level at all the river crossings was quite low, so no wet boots :laugh:
The minute I got a first glimpse of Fangs, Mbundini Abbey and The Madonna was quite unforgettable. We reached the waterfall quite early and had enough time to set up our tent before taking lots and lots of photos. I can see why this is a photographers dream. It truly is an amazing place to camp. I have wanted to see The Madonna and her Worshippers for a very long time and to actually be there seemed so surreal. And just when I thought the view couldn't get any better, we spotted the moon over The Madonna. We did pick up 2 to 3 large bags, all with small amounts of dagga, near the waterfall.
The next day we walked back down the valley with the intention of camping in the same place as our first night. Just before 5 Star Cave we met Mvulani again. We stopped and spoke to him for a while. He was picking the white flowers on the side of the path. He told us that the bulbous root is used for medicinal purposes. We took our time walking back to our intended camp site and made many stops to rest and cool off from the blazing heat.
Our last night at camp was quite a windy one! The skies darkened, there was thunder and lightning. I was a bit worried because we were feeling quite exposed but it only rained for about half an hour then the weather cleared up and we got to enjoy sitting outside gazing at the stars.
The walk out on the last day was quite pleasant because the weather had cooled down significantly.
Some pics that we took ....

My apologies some pics were duplicated ... hence the attachments not available.
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02 Oct 2020 18:41 - 02 Oct 2020 19:04 #76152 by hikingle
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02 Oct 2020 18:44 - 02 Oct 2020 20:49 #76153 by hikingle
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