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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    Good idea, but that means I need to remember to take someone along to take the video. It could take some time though as I might need to make some critical adjustments on the way up.

    The plan was to push through this morning, but when I got up my back was protesting a bit so I decided to take it slow and do more planning than actual work.
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    I did end up going another 4m or so as I moved most of the big rock yesterday and it is flatening out a bit.
    I filled in some wide cracks and holes and crushed a lot of smaller rocks to fill the remaining holes and cover sharp edges.
    The remaining bit is about 10m now with a couple of medium sized rocks that needs to be rolled out of the way.
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    Basically the ones in the centre of the picture.
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    Or as seen from the top, from the hammer on the left to the rake on the right.


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    From the top panning from the left to right the bottom part of the pass.
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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    Wouldn't a winch on your vehicle handle some of those medium sized rocks using a snatch block to move them sideways?
    As far as the video goes, just stick a GoPro to your front windscreen and let it run, all the action will probably be to the front even when you stop to fine tune something
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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    Winching would be too slow and limited in direction of pull, by the time I'd have rigged the rock to winch it I'd have it out of the way and working on the next one working with the crowbar.
    We have considered a winch at Gert se Klip, but I calculated it at 4-5 ton, and I dont think it would move.
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ID:	522696 A lot of the bigger rocks are that size and bigger.
    Besides, the chisels and crowbar have succeeded where even the digger couldn't move rocks, the leverage that you can achieve with a crowbar is truly awesome.
    Who was it that said "give me a fulcrum strong enough and a lever long enough and I will move the earth." I am thinking Archimedes, but I could be wrong.

    Also consider the fact that I often walk in to first figure out the most difficult obstacles to make sure that the route will be possible before doing the rest, that would limit accessibility with the winch.

    I think a simple view though the windscreen will be too boring, a lot of the time you will see blue sky. I'll think about it, maybe mount a phone and also have someone outside taking video.
    It will take 2 or 3 more sessions before I will attempt it.
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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    What you are doing and the way you are achieving it is awesome. Looks like bloody hard work to me, but then I'm a lazy old bugger.
    Looking forward to you opening the section and I must plan a trip your way in the future.
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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    Ok, I did another stint and technically it is possible to now drive through it.
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    It is wide enough, even for the newer wider longer vehicles.
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    Before I drive through I want to smooth some of the rougher areas on the filled in area, for example to the right of the crowbar. Also higher up I want to rake in some gravel and soil to cover the sharp edges on some broken hard rock.

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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    Bex can you just give a summary again of what routes there are now, difficulty, and how long it will take and what logistics should be involved?Really keen to go test out your track, this is fascinating stuff.I am also assuming a low range is very important for this? Asking because my buddy has a 4motion amarok, no low range but very slow first...should I drag him along? I will be in LR discovery 4, it has rock crawl so that should be covered, but its wide. I take it I have to wait for a few others to do the route first before it would be possible to say if the width is an issue or not?

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    The plan is to drive through the pass on Saterday, I recruited a cameraman and plan to make a video of the drive through. I should be able to fill in the rough spots in the next 3 evenings.
    I am sitting with a bit of a conundrum though. Many travelers passing through and some forum members have lamented the absence of challenging routes on the established trails, and it was partly with this in mind that I did section B and C (as far as it was finished). From those who have done section B and C I got the impression that it was a bit too much and they would prefer something more like a grade 3. I have also had some visitors that were interested but bailed when they heard the description of a Grade 4 route.
    It seems that the kind of vehicle that people would drive the long distances involved in getting here is not the type of vehicle that you do grade 4 routes with. the FJ Cruizer being the exception.


    I also want to scout the next section over the weekend . I have already planned it roughly, I just need to walk it through to make sure it is possible and then roughly mark where the path needs to go. Taking into account my comment above, I might plan this one to be more of a Grade 3 type route. Any comments on that?
    I am already taking into account the fact that I am not getting any income from this, whatever we will charge for the route goes to the Guest House to improve camping facillities, so i dont care much about getting Numbers through, I just enjoy seeing the trail I created getting used.

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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    Quote Originally Posted by m0lt3n View Post
    Bex can you just give a summary again of what routes there are now, difficulty, and how long it will take and what logistics should be involved?Really keen to go test out your track, this is fascinating stuff.I am also assuming a low range is very important for this? Asking because my buddy has a 4motion amarok, no low range but very slow first...should I drag him along? I will be in LR discovery 4, it has rock crawl so that should be covered, but its wide. I take it I have to wait for a few others to do the route first before it would be possible to say if the width is an issue or not?
    Can you give me the wheelbase and total width of the Amarok? the Amarok is the only one that we havent tested yet. The largest vehicle we had through the route is the Ranger with ofset rims. It has longer wheelbase and is much wider than the New Hiluxes and even the doublecab Cruizers, so I am fairly sure the Amarok can do it. He will also need difflock.
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    If we managed to get this thing through anything will fit through.

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    Last weekend managed to get this Hilux through as a test, we did it deliberately with a low slung Nudge Bar, low side steps and an extended tow bar, and it got through. A lot of guidance was needed and the nudge bar did touch a few times, but it is ridiculously low. We even managed it in a fairly short time.
    From the definition and my experience Competence is the most important aditional requiremenent when going from Grade 3 to Grade 4.

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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    I will draw up a map with description of teh 3 completed routes and the dune and post it shortly.

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    Ga-Ma A
    Grade - 4
    Distance - 24km
    Time - 3-4 hrs (1-2 vehicles)
    General description: Starting out in old "2 spoor" farm tracks, climbing rocky hills and then slowly progressing to more rocky tracks with steep ascends and descends with crosovers needing difflocks. the track goes on top of hills, drop down into dry river beds, short drive along river bed and then a climb over mountain and down to different river bed. and same again with rocky climbs between. Guiding is needed in places, walk through the obstacles first.


    Ga-Ma B
    Grade - 4
    Distance - 4.4km
    Time 1-2 hr (1-2 Vehicles)
    General description:drive down smooth granite face into dry river bed. Drive down river bed in loose sand crossing granite worn smooth by centuries of flashfloods.
    Climb over several steep granite domes driving through loose sand. Some guidign needed in one area.
    Red - Steep climb, do not atempt without difflock engaged as slipping may lead to rolling


    Ga-Ma C
    Grade - 4
    Distance - 9km
    Time 2-3 hr (1-2 Vehicles)
    General description: Start with farm track, turning into dry river bed, climbing out on the side and then going down and up agian through small dry river beds, driving on gravel slopes, crisscrossing several the dry rivers several times untill you reach the mountain side. Climb up hte mountainside onto th platue , difflock needed again as there are some crosovers on the climb. on the platue it up and down again on some gravel slopes. Down through the pass at the other end .

    Ga-Ma Dune
    Grade - 3 (4 on the 3rd climb)
    Distance 3km ( plus all the attempts )
    Time 1 hr drive through, plus all the play time
    General Discription: Ons dune, Low and gentle on one side gradualy increasing the height and angle to the the impossible climb on the other side. 4 climb spots total , Novice, Regular, Expert and Impossible. Due to the fence around the Plantation next to it there is not much space to get up to speed.
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    I tamed the bottom rough patch a bit.
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    The middle dip for the rainwater to cross over instead of running down the path.
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    The top rough patch is really rough, it may take more than one evening to fill in the gaps.

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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    I went in yeasterday evening , but it got too dark to take pictures, so I went in again quickly this morning.
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    I smoothed it it out at the top to the point where i am comfortable driving it. The gravel on the left that I left for the smoothing out broke down so easliy that I think I will make the road suface even wider in that direction.

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    Further down on the right there is a patch that needs a bit more attention .

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    Looking from the bottom up you can see that it can still possibly shred some sidewalls.

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    Lower down I shoveled in some gravel. I notice that on the pictures looking down it looks almost level.

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    While looking from the bottom up you can guage the slope better.
    The plan is still to get everything at work running tommorow morning, and then to go drive through it.

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    I filled in the gully at the top and tidied up a bit.

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    Viewing the slope from some distance, it is starting to look like a road.

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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    I drove through this morning, and let me tell you, it is not easy.
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    Pictures dont give you the true idea of what is going on.
    Pedro was with me to take video, and it took us more than 2 hrs to get up to the top.
    It took less than 5 minutes to drive back down.
    I will see if I can upload the video soon.

    And that is not a 2 tone shirt.
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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    I included all the failed attempts, but excluded the work we did in between as that would make it 2.5 hrs total . It took us 2.5 hrs to get to the top and 5 minutes to get back down.
    You really need a difflock and preferably front and rear to get up there. I used some force in places that do not have much space to recover in if things go wrong, i would not advise following my example. I cut out a lot of me getting out and moving and placing rocks.
    With difflocks front and rear you should get up without much fuss, and with difflock rear only you will get up easier than I did.
    https://youtu.be/9VndZc2Evfc

    I will upload one of the inside camera views as well the rest are not good.
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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    This is a part of driving down. I didnt notice the black thing in front of the camera.
    https://youtu.be/D6rkkF_r28E

    Obviously it needs more work before newer and more expensive vehicles can attempt it.
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    I went for a walk this morning trying to find some markers left by a colleague that have scouted out what will be the next trail. He told me where to look for it, so I started climbing the gentle slope in the middle of the picture.
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    Looking back into the morning sun.

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    I soon found his markers and they lead me over some fairly eeasy terrain to a great lookout point.

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    So I will start on this one next. It will be much easier trail that will extend trail C to get back to the Guest house / camping terrain, but can also be taken on its own for a quick easy drive to a great lookout point.

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    I was unhappy with the quality of the video that I managed to post, so I spent some time looking for a better video editting app and redid it, the quality is now much better and less data.
    I cut all the failed attempts from this video to shorten it and to give a better idea of what it would be like to drive up the pass now that it is ready. the evidence of my failures is still there in the original post. I do think that a modern 4x4 with diflock should be able to do it without too much trouble.

    https://youtu.be/ABIqkZi8iTE
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    I transfered most of the tools from the C trail to the start of the new E trail this morning. While there I cleared a quick 50m on the first slope of the trail and took a picture as the sun was about to rise above the horizon.
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    The new trail starting to look like one.

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    The bike at the work site.

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    The line about to be cleared.

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    After clearing it.
    In this terrain it is simply about clearing the bigger rocks. Out of a vehicle wide path and make the path go around the even bigger rocks.

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    Taking the path of least resistance. I managed about 50m per hr today.

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    As seen from the opposite peak, the path will wind between the Rocky outcrops and then go just left of straight up to the top.

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