drakensberg - bell traverse safety

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mokganjetsi
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drakensberg - bell traverse safety

Postby mokganjetsi » Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:36 am

i heard some time ago that the mountain club might put up some safety chains on the exposed sections of the bell traverse. does anybody know whether or not this has happened?

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Camp
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Bell Traverse

Postby Camp » Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:59 pm

Don't know about it it, but I doubt it. It is a part of the route in itself I suppose. A scramble for some to a part of the route, and for others just another pitch.

Skapie
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Postby Skapie » Tue Dec 18, 2007 6:08 pm

We have just completed the Bell Traverse (15-17 Dec)
There are no chains nor bolts on the route, but the exposed sections do have more than enough foot and hand holds. It can be safely done in any weather, although route finding would be hard in the mist.
Children or very small people will struggle though, due to the distances between handholds.

Bell cave -> Twin Cave will take 4 hours for average hikers.
I would suggest to do it in the other direction though. It will make route finding easier. But the route is mostly clear and well defined anyway.

Enjoy

mokganjetsi
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Postby mokganjetsi » Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:59 pm

he thanks for the update. we also did the traverse over the weekend (think we bumped into you guys at twins cave?) and yes, there is no bolts / other protection.

the exposed sections are definitely dodgy for inexperienced hikers and are more challenging with a heavy pack due to the careful footing required. one could see how erosion has been at work on the said sections - they are considerably more eroded (and more difficult in some cases) than when i last did the hike about 2 years ago.

the traverse is stunning nonetheless and well worth a few adventureous strides.

Skapie
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Postby Skapie » Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:03 am

Sorry, we shared Twins with a big group. But we didn't cross paths with other \"traversers.\"
Indeed, it is a stunning section and worth doing.


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