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

    So , i have been making these trails for a while now, and you would think that I would start to learn exactly how wide to make the turns. Well, it is not easy. My rake is as long as the width of the Hardbody, so I can use to to quickly check the width of the path. Then I make it about at least 1m wider so all vehicles can easily fit through it.
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    Like in this picture, see, plenty of space. Then around the outside of the turns i clear some more space for the front wheels to go wide and I clear the inside of the turn for the rear wheels.

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    So yeaterday I went in with the bike and did most of the clearing work, but forgot to take pictures. This morning I went in to take it a bit further, and i took the Hardbody to make sure that I have been making the turns wide enough, and once again, it is a tight fit.

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    At this specific corner I spent an extra hour just to make sure that it is plenty wide and easy to take as i have been getting coments that my corners are too tight a fit, and when I got there it was once again a tight fit. So I spent all of this morning just make it an easier drive through and worked on these turns.

    Now on this section the rock is not that hard to break out, so i could with a little more effort make it a straight road, but the inner child in me just loves twisty turny roads, so I cannot help myself.
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    So there my little zigzagging trail goes op the hill side.

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    Looking at it from lower down

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    Looking at it from where the Hardbody is standing.
    A nice and smooth path. I am going to try and make this one a Grade 3 or easier all the way through, for those who do not want to do the heavier trails. The trail goes up to a very good viewing point on top of a hill, and will be a worthwhile one to do for that purpose alone.
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    So much to do and so little time.
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    I cleared about 60m, just chucking rocks out of the path.
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    I did not get much time this week to work on the trail, so I went out early this morning.
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    I believe that the best expereinces in life are those that you get in early morning.

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    It is quick work, about 50 - 60m / hr , there is just a lot of distance to cover.

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    Close to the top now. I really want to get to the top and made a space to turn around on . so far i still have to revesre most of the way down each time.

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    Like I have mentioned before, this will hopefully be the first trail that i make that will end up as a grade 3. It is steep enough that I do it in Low Range, but I am sure I would have been able to do it with the 4x4 Xtrail that I had. Down the other side is a bit steeper than this side, but should be ok for going down with a 4x4 softroader.

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    The Hardbody at the head of the trail. I believe i have another 90 minutes to reach the top of this climb. The the path levels out and i should be able to make clearing to turn around in.
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    A picture to give an idea of the current terrain. It would be possible to drive over the rocks without any work, but it would be very uncomfortable.

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    Lately I have been working in the evenings with the light too low for good pictures.

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    I had Pedro out there over the weekend helping me to do the last bit to the top of the hill. On top progress was a bit quicker as there are less rock to move, this also mean that the path is less well defined, so I move enough to also mark the path , even if it is not really needed.

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    I will start on the descent on the other side this weekend.

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

    Really nice spot for your labour of love
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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    Bex, I’ve been following your vision, determination and “grit” in getting the job done from the begging.

    You’ve truly achieved something special. Any progress to report?

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

    I did work on route E some more , but each time late in the evening and the light was too low for pictures.
    I have reached the top of the first hille on route E and started with the descent before easter weekend , but then I had some family over and we went on a 3 day white water rafting trip down the Orange river.

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    Then Yesterday after recovering a bit from the rowing we did a quick drive through of route C.

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    The first vehicle apart from the Hardbody to do route C was a raider with a difflock that wouldn't engage. we only realised that it would not engage after a point of no return for vehicle without difflock and heavy crossovers to come. The driver managed to get through, but he had to use momentum a lot of times and in a few places I had to stack some rocks to reduce the crossover.

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    The difficulty we had getting him through highlighted the difference between the limited slip diff and no difflock, the Hardbody with limited slip diff went through all of it easily.

    There were a few other vehicles on route A and B over the Easter weekend while I was on the river and the feedback I recieved so far was that some of it should be graded a 5. I dont agree with that, but am still waiting for opinions from some more experienced drivers as an unmodified 2018 model Fortuner and GD6 Hilux did it without damage, so it cannot be that bad.


    Progress on route E will resume shortly and I hope to drive through it withing the next 2 - 3 weeks.
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    Thanx Bex, looking forward to future updates...

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    I have reached about halfway on trail E so it is now quicker to work on it from the other side.
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    The sun sets early thses days, so I have to move quick before the sun sets.
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    Tonight I just scouted out this part of the trail. It should be quick work to reach this view point.

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    I started to work from the other side.
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    The first 2 km is fairly mild.

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    I did about 200m in the first hour of work and managed to get a plat bakkie up it. I had to deflate the tire a bit.
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    I realized yesterday that despite the E route being easier to work on I will actually need some of my bigger tools. I have left them on route C to work one a couple of the tougher bits should it be needed.
    It turned out that there were 3 corners that were a bit tight for the longer vehicles, so I went in this morning to finish the job so I could move the tools to E trail.

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    This one was a bit tight, even with the Hardbody, so I moved a rock on the outside.

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    This turn requires a slight reverse halfway through it which will remain necessary, but I worked on making a bit space to make easier.

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    Then I worked on the approach.

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    Moving a big rock on the right makes a big difference and gives you more possible lines to choose from.

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    Now the new 4x4's should also be able to get through.

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    I forgot to take pictures this afternoon, I was breaking some rocks and got a lot of what I believe is copper.
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    Anyway, I think another 100m of progress made.

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    I made it to the top of the first hill. There was not much work to do and I got a out 400m done in 2 hours.

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    Now I turn around 180 degrees and aim for the foot of the hill in about the center of the picture. Also not too much work here, the work wil be getting up that hill.

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    This mornings effert got me about 400m closer to the foot of the hill in about 2 hours work. I think I can do the remaining 500m this afternoon.

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    The approximately 250m up the side of the hill will be a lot more work though.

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    The idea to make it like this. It will not be an easy drive up it, but down should be fine, I hope.

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

    I've been following this one with a huge degree of respect for you Bex. Certainly puts a new meaning to the phrase "a labour of love". Good luck with the trail and keep the updates coming
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    Thanks Keith. Port Nolloth is not too far from Klein Pella for a quick trip.

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    Close to the foot of the hill.

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    I spent the rest of the time walking the slope planning the route up it. It is going to be quite steep on the top half.
    The dead quiver tree on top of the ridge in the middle of the picture is where I have stopped working from the other side. Only about 300m remains to finish this trail.
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    The lookout point on route E is a good place to end the day. You can see things start to wind down after the days work.

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    Another 200m done. Up to here the slope is not really steep, but from this point things change.

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    From here on it start to get steep, and the soil is quite loose.

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    I changed to initial plan for 2 switchbacks to 3, mainly to protect it from washing away in rains.
    I found a natural flat spot for each turn.

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    I estimate the remaining section to be just over 100m.

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