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    Hi all.


    We planning a trip this year between a bunch of guys to do
    Baboons pass.


    Has anyone got some helpful advice regarding this route.
    1. GPS coordinates to for the start of the pass.
    2. When would be a good time to do it? - Currenly we planning either August , September or Ocktober
    3. How many days do we need for the pass? - We plannning around 2 days
    4. How many campable spots are there on the pass? - So far I know of 1.
    5. Any other advice? Prefarably from someone who has actually done this pass.
    Thanks in advance

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    I haven't done it (or any 4x4 routes), but from what I've seen on Youtube: Plan 2 trips. One to the top, and one to go back for the broken vehicles, with parts

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    it's now a freeway almost, protons even make it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DivMeister View Post
    Hi all.


    We planning a trip this year between a bunch of guys to do
    Baboons pass.


    Has anyone got some helpful advice regarding this route.
    1. GPS coordinates to for the start of the pass.
    2. When would be a good time to do it? - Currenly we planning either August , September or Ocktober
    3. How many days do we need for the pass? - We plannning around 2 days
    4. How many campable spots are there on the pass? - So far I know of 1.
    5. Any other advice? Prefarably from someone who has actually done this pass.
    Thanks in advance
    Although the weather can change at a moments notice in Lesotho, these months that you mention are the most vile, in weather terms for this pass, but also the most exciting.... If you do want to do it in these months, remember that it does snow in this beautiful country at any time in any of these months, and with el nino in full swing and les nina, taking it's place it would be advisable to take into consideration that we might have quite an excessively cold/long winter this year...

    Invest in some snow chains, and igloo building tools...

    oh... one more thing.... LP Gas... does not help at 3000m..

    Good luck and please keep us posted

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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFROAD ADDICT View Post
    it's now a freeway almost, protons even make it up.
    Yes..but Veedubs still need to be towed the last parts...

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    https://youtu.be/HoiySSN53MI

    This was last year, a Jeep, a Ranger and the Isuzu never made it...there were no Protons...

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    Search here on the forum-lots of previous trips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by incrediblebob View Post
    Search here on the forum-lots of previous trips.
    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...t=baboons+pass

    I liked this one the most

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dustbin View Post
    Yes..but Veedubs still need to be towed the last parts...
    Watch it!

    It winched itself up Goliath! It just needed a Cruiser and a P38 for stability!
    What a life!

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    Dustin that is the best report i've ever read. Fully agree with you.

    Would like to also see what comes out of this thread as I won't mind doing the pass this year or early next year.

    Esspecially about the current conditions
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    Not always entirely the vehicle to get the blame, some blame must surely be put squarely on the driver , maybe some inexperience or just to lazy to take the right line and so on.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Quack View Post
    Watch it!

    It winched itself up Goliath! It just needed a Cruiser and a P38 for stability!
    He he... absolutely

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dustbin View Post
    He he... absolutely


    In fairness that volksie was stock standard and had no low range and as offroadaddict pointed out, a gatvol driver that just wanted to sleep in a bed that night!

    The driver also did not know his vehicle at the time and didn't know not to switch it of when the torque converter got warm, but rather to let it idle to allow the cooling system to do it's thing

    Further, the manual volksie made it al the way with no assistance!

    Anyone can do Babboons, as long as you take the right people with you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DivMeister View Post
    Hi all.


    We planning a trip this year between a bunch of guys to do
    Baboons pass.


    Has anyone got some helpful advice regarding this route.
    1. GPS coordinates to for the start of the pass. (Can send you the Garmin track).
    2. When would be a good time to do it? - Currenly we planning either August , September or Ocktober (WHEN IT IS NOT RAINING OR SNOWING)
    3. How many days do we need for the pass? - We plannning around 2 days (We did it in 8h first day and 6h the following day. One Isuzu 4x4 alone)
    4. How many campable spots are there on the pass? - So far I know of 1. (AFAIK 1)
    5. Any other advice? Prefarably from someone who has actually done this pass. (We did it in Dec 2013)
    Thanks in advance
    Above in Red.

    Would love to do it again.

    My email is [email protected]. Send yours for the track info
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    Div,

    What vehicles are you using?
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    Isuzu 300 d-tec
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    Hi Alan,

    Don't want to jack the thread but would be a bunch of cruisers, all 76's probably. Just have 1 mate that needs to make up his mind.
    Current : 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser 76 4.2D (General)

    Follow the most recent part of my journey to building up a great vehicpe

    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...earchid=918879
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    Thanks guys for the trip reports and helpful posts as well as those that mailed me.

    It will help allot in my planning

    We will probably plan on doing it September since it should be a bit warmer and its before the worst rainfall.

    I am thinking drive Thursday after work , Sleep over in Lady Brand.
    Hit the pass early Friday morning , sleep over wherever is the best spot and depending n our progress . Finish the pass the Saturday and camp another night.
    Then head back home Sunday.

    If things go wrong we still have ample time Saturday and half of Sunday. Before we head home

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    As for the vehicles going. Well still c who comes and who chickens out.

    But so far there might be 3 x Tritons , 1 x Pajero Sport , 1 x Isuzu , 1 x Navara , 1 x Jeep.

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    Only go with good friends who are not short tempered when the going gets tough. I don't enjoy people turning @$$ hole.. Unless the ladies can rough it with the guys, leave them at home. There are no trees, and very little brush to use as toilet hides.


    Go as slow as possible. If you don't make the obstacle without charging it, pack more rocks or you'll pick up lots of damage. You won't have to go searching for rocks to pack. It is freely available.


    ANY 4x4 can do Baboons. Not all drivers can.


    8 Baboons outings and I broke a (very worn) CV once.


    I still want to go sleep up there in the snow.....


    The pic is from June 2012...we never got to sleeping. If you don't know that specific Frontier you won't understand the full impact of what you see there.....33" Bighorns buried.
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