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

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Newnham View Post
    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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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

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    From this initial rough plan the climb up changed to

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    the green line is finished.
    I think most 4x4;s might have been able to do the more direct line, but the soil is faily soft with small loose rocks in it so it would deteriorate quick.
    As it is now I think it should last.
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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    I have been a bit busy lately, but I did manage to get out there for a short while last night, I was unable to take any pictures due to the low light though.

    I spent some time talking to some tourists over the weekend and again I got the impression that not many people want to do serious 4x4 routes any more. They want the option to "opt out" of the serious stuff if it seems too rough and use an escape route. I think the kind of vehicle that get used these days for long distance travel is not really suited to 4x4 driving even though they are 4x4.
    I was already taking this into account when I started the E route so I am taking care to leave each obstacle so that I would even do it with an Xtrail.

    I am still planning to finnish the E trail this week so that by this weekend all 5 trails will be open, and then I will start going over all the trails starting with A to knock off the roughest edges, widen some of the tighter corners and start to put up more route indicators.

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

    I went in and by removing only the roughest rocks I managed to complete E trail today.
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    The Hardbody on the 2nd switchback. The path is clear of rocks , but is still steeply sloped to the side, there was some sideways sliping of the wheels. I will level it out a bit to prevent the copilots from freeking out too much .

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    Looking back at the Hardbody on the 3rd switchback. This bit is not sloped to the side as much, and the incline is not so bad that a softroader cannot do it.

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    Still at the 3rd switchback, i made sure the turns are wide enough to make it easy.

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    Near the top where it meats up with the path made from the other side.
    I want to do some final polishing and drive through it a couple of times to compact the looser areas before declaring it open, but it is finished!

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

    I did a quick drive through to record the track on GPS and decided to try a quick video at tthe same time. the video came out better than i thoguh it would considering it was made with my phone sitting on the dash.
    I did drive much faster than you should on a trail like this, I didnt have much time. The 4x4 part took me just over 13 minutes thoguh it should normally take at least 30 - 35 minutes without the time spent at the lookout point. I believe E trail to be a grade 3.
    https://youtu.be/SzueiMckju4
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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    Die video het goed uitgekom reken ek. Well done! Die stukkie van die enjinkap pla nie te veel nie en die beweging van die bakkie t.o.v. die landskap gee mens 'n beter gevoel van hoe die land lê.
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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    Thanks, I tried to keep commentary going as video without it seems bland, but concentrating on driving a 4x4 trail and commentating fluently in a foreign language is not easy.
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    I took this picture this morning from the opposite hulle and the track is visible as it zigzag up.

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    Pedro and me enjoying a cold one after we finished the last bit to the lookout point.
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    After the video I made I toyed with an idea for a bracket to get a driver pov position for my phone. I tried an old bracket that I had built for mounting in a radio control plane for some arial photograpy. In the end I simplified it to aluminium flat bar bent and srewed onto position below the sunvisor bracket.

    I then tested the bracket driving through E trail in the opposite direction to the first video.
    https://youtu.be/5Ak2qcmUBqQ

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

    Well done on all three counts.
    1. The route
    2. The phone bracket, it works great
    3. The video.
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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    Thanks
    I tried to make a Video of B trail this weekend, but it ended up being too long for me to upload , so I cut 2 parts out of it and uploaded. It it is not my best efforts , but here it is anyway.

    Keep in mind, the video does not really give you an idea of the difficulty of the route , for 2 reasons, 1, the point of view limits what you see, 2. I was driving much faster than you should to keep the video short and I can do it because I know the obstacles intimately.

    I will try to do a good video of each Trail with good running commentary later.

    1st part
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    2nd part
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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    I have been thinking about what to do next for the past week. the weekend I did a bit of hiking around B Trail.

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    Originally I wanted B trail to go to the top of this mountain before going down to the river, but it would take a long time, so i left it out. now i am think of adding it again.

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    X marks the spot, I want to reach that flat area.

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    Looking at the mountain from the other side I hae an idea of what i want to do.
    The trail will come in from the right hand side , and go to the top. I have looked at this line in the past and think I know how to tackle it.
    I do want to try a different descent , on the left side, but that will require more climbing and walking about as I am not sure that it will be possible yet. If it is possible this could add a whole new trail.

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

    I did some scouting this evening, with the sun already setting I didn't have much time.
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    I had 3 ridges to look at, each of which could give a possible route to the top. The first one looked smooth, but some cliffs near the top cuts off access.

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    The second ridge had a better incline that goes all the way to the top, but it is very rough. It does have a few paths that could be linked up to go most of the way.

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    The third ridge has some possibilities but although it is smoother than the third most of it is really steep.

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    Beyond the third ridge there is a valley with some potential as it leads down all the way to B trail, but it could prove to be too steep.

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    At the top there is a large flat patch of soil that seems completely out of place.

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    It was getting dark quick and I dint have have a torch so had to start back immediately. I have 2 more ridges to inspect before I decide on a route, and then I will have to walk through it again and start marking the exact route.
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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    I started in on the new F trail tonight.
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    The start was just clearing out high and sharp rocks on the first 500m. I still have to cross a kloof and do some scouting before I start the climb.

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

    I am making progress, but often the light is too low for pictures.

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    I have cleared out about 500m and crossed a dry river bed twice. The initial plan was to cross it only once, but it is much less to make the route more straight even though it means crossing it 3 times. The picture above is the last crossing that I still have to do. I am hoping to get better pictures over the weekend.

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    Did the dry bed crossing yesterday.
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    It took longer than 8 thought it would, there were quite a few steps on the other side that needed smoothing out.

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    I had a spectator while working.
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    He ran around a bit but didn't leave.

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    I tested it quickly, it needs a bit of refining, but the light was fading.

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

    Some videos I have uploaded of trail C

    https://youtu.be/sHIaQoxU2gQ

    I cut out some of it altogether as it would take me too long to upload
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    Default Re: Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    I was away for a oupl of days to Namibia and then a quick hunting trip and next week is out, so progress on the F trail will nog be quick.
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    I did go out tonight and started the first climb. It is not much of a climb, but there are a lot of loose quarts rocks to move.
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    It is possible to just drive over them after you move the biggest ones, but it is really uncomfortable, so i will clear the path completely.

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

    Jy moet nie dat jou persoonlike lewe inmeng met jou "werk" nie.... ons hou jou dop. HaHaHa

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

    Great work Bex.

    Sorry if I missed it but is there camping available for fully self sufficient campers, more specifically, remote camping with an off-road caravan on one of the trails?

    Thanks,

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