Monks Cowl

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Monks Cowl

Post by Seymour » Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:10 am

1) Standard Route: Botha-Hooper-Rhule-Wongtschowski
2) Barry's Route

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Post by oOdball » Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:36 am

You have an opinion, so do I. When these differ, please don't confuse your opinion with the truth, nothing is absolute.

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Post by Seymour » Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:37 pm

Thank Oddball,

We are planning to come to South Africa half-June. My wife, boy 16 and girl 15. How grand is belay stations, grand enough to support four grown persons?

For the protection, must I bring ice hardware?

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Post by Hector » Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:12 pm

Jeez Seymour, I dunno that the 'berg is the best place to take your family climbing. The rock really sucks. I havent climbed Monks Cowl, but its pretty much a given that there will be bad belay stances on the route (there's definately no chains or bolts). If you're gonna be based near the berg then rather go to Everest at Harrismith or Swinbure. There are bolted routes here that are very nice. Or, if you want to do some big country routes on good rock, then head to du Toits Kloof in the Cape, or to Blouberg in Limpopo. The berg is great for hiking, and the climbs are spectacular, but the rock is terrible. The best route to do to try out the berg climbing is probably the standard route up the Sentinel, and then possibly Angus Leppan on the same peak.
You wont need any ice screws in the berg (unless you're climbing ice at Giants Castle). Some long pegs to hammer behind grass tufts can be useful though.

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