Molopo Canyon

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wesleywt
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Molopo Canyon

Post by wesleywt » Thu May 10, 2012 11:42 am

Hey

I saw the Molopo Canyon in the Northern Cape on South African Walks last night. Has anyone been there, the cliffs looked amazing. It might have some potential, the cliffs are apparently 150m high. It might be an excellent winter crag and the hot springs might soothe some bones after a hard days climb. I wish I had the cash and experience to check this out.

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Re: Molopo Canyon

Post by DavidWade » Thu May 10, 2012 12:49 pm

The rock there is VERY soft

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Re: Molopo Canyon

Post by wesleywt » Thu May 10, 2012 1:21 pm

Okay, so bad idea then.

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Re: Molopo Canyon

Post by oubaas » Thu May 10, 2012 2:35 pm

Soft rock? Shouldn't do much damage to ones skull then. I'm sure a few thousand bolts could make the place more appealing though:) :)

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Re: Molopo Canyon

Post by Chris F » Fri May 11, 2012 10:59 am

Is that the programme with Julia Bradbury in it? 8)

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Re: Molopo Canyon

Post by wesleywt » Fri May 11, 2012 2:27 pm

Chris F wrote:Is that the programme with Julia Bradbury in it? 8)
I have no idea who the bird was... I was performing some thesis writing avoidance. On the softrock, does it mean you can't bolt it or that you can't place trad gear on it. The website and the TV show seems to think that rock is granite. Funny looking granite.

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Re: Molopo Canyon

Post by pierre.joubert » Fri May 11, 2012 2:46 pm

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Re: Molopo Canyon

Post by DavidWade » Fri May 11, 2012 3:00 pm

Granite! Lol, that’s the sandiest granite I’ve ever seen!
When I was there I did some bouldering on a few rocks in the valley. The more I worked a problem the harder the problem became as all the crimps just broke.

You may be able to bolt it, but it is very soft.

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Re: Molopo Canyon

Post by DavidWade » Fri May 11, 2012 3:16 pm

But either way, if there were bolted routes Id go back and try them.
Its a beaulifull area
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Re: Molopo Canyon

Post by Chris F » Fri May 11, 2012 4:56 pm

wesleywt wrote:
Chris F wrote:Is that the programme with Julia Bradbury in it? 8)
I have no idea who the bird was...
If asked the question, your answer was "I would" it's probably her :wink:

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Re: Molopo Canyon

Post by wesleywt » Fri May 11, 2012 7:45 pm

The bird that did the Southern Cape Walks, I'd hit it with the angry fist of God. But the bird that did this one was different.

I have some holiday time now. Would a citi golf make it there?

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