Peak Perspectives- Monks Cowl, Apr-Jun 2014

23 May 2014 12:58 #60853 by Stijn
Excellent images so far guys! Not that I could hope to compete on photo quality, but this hike was quite a special one for me:

Choc Monk Sundae



This was from a solo hike in August 2011. Approaching Cowl Pass from the Ship's Prow Campsite, I wasn't sure yet whether Cowl Pass would be doable, but as I turned the corner, it became obvious that the sunnier North-facing slopes had much less snow on them. I spent a very lonely but memorable night in the 1-man Cowl Cave Annexe that night, feeling very remote and exposed indeed.

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02 Jun 2014 19:36 - 02 Jun 2014 21:23 #60949 by elinda
This was the sight that greeted me after a 6 week absence from the Berg and as always, a reminder that its so good to be back! Shot last weekend on a beautiful day.





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04 Jun 2014 08:24 #60968 by hasamatt
Thats a stunning picture Elinda!
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04 Jun 2014 08:29 - 04 Jun 2014 08:30 #60969 by ghaznavid

hasamatt wrote: Thats a stunning picture Elinda!


I agree!

I like this topic - lots of entries, lots of variety in the entries. Some really nice photos as well!
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04 Jun 2014 16:47 #60982 by HFc
Won't enter this into the photo comp, but post it anyway to show how height perspective can influence a photo.

I concur that Elinda's photo is great, and I love the mist hanging around the little berg base below the escarpment. She most likely took this photo a couple of minutes after saying hello to us who were playing at the bridge over the Delmhlwazini at Injasuthi Camp. It almost looks like it was taken whilst ascending the zigzags on that direct route access to Van Heynigens.

Here is the comparative photo I took from the Delmhlwazini riverbed near the camp.



The grassy knol in the left bottom of her pic, obscures the base of Champagne/Monks/Cathkin to a large extent in my pic and whilst a nice photo, just has nothing special going for it.

I also took some shots from the top of Van Heynigens later that same day, but being around noon it seems washed out by comparison.



As the old saying goes: Got to be at the right place at the right time (and have the knack of spotting it :lol: )

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04 Jun 2014 18:55 #60985 by Richard Hunt
Elinda could not escape the Monk this last w-end, it seemed to follow her everywhere :lol:

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27 Jun 2014 16:55 #61185 by intrepid
The end of this round is drawing near. If you still have pics you would like to submit, do so before the end of the month.

Remember that everyone can give each entry a rating (you dont just have to choose one). Simply click on the link below, and page through each photo and give it a rating.
www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/featured-images/peak-perspectives-monks-cowl-apr-jun-2014.html

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30 Jun 2014 21:15 #61210 by intrepid
This my own entry for the competition. I have called it Classic Cowl.



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For me it embodies so much of what makes Monks Cowl such an iconic peak of the Berg - simply a classic view. The face that you see in this shot is where the Standard Route goes up. You can even see the Standard Route of Champagne Castle (South Gully) to the right of the view. You may notice that this shot is the icon I use to represent the Drakensberg categories on this site, and it is also the current icon on the Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains Facebook page.

It was shot in September 2008 near the Cowl Fork campsite. 14 hours later we arrived at Nkosazana Cave via Cathkin Mountain Pass (Ships Prow North Fork), a long day not easily forgotten.

I have included some other shots of Monks Cowl showing some interesting perspectives.







This the summit ridge of the peak:

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01 Jul 2014 10:11 #61213 by intrepid
Entries are now closed. Please everyone remember to vote! Voting will close on Monday July 7, when the winner will be announced.

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02 Jul 2014 08:58 #61226 by hasamatt
Intrepid, how do we vote for a particular image?

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