Gordon on the technical...

Gordon on the technical traverse (pitch 16 in Burns' guide) of the Normal Route of Nelion. I'd personally call this section the crux of the climb- fun stuff, w/ plenty of exposure! The mist was a perpetual companion on the mountain, building in the morning & staying until the evening. 7 January, 2006


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mvs - Feb 7, 2006 5:26 pm - Voted 10/10

so remote

How much more remote can you get, than a high technical wall in Africa? Really cool, congratulations!


Diggler - Feb 7, 2006 5:59 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: so remote

Surprisingly, one is most definitely not alone there during high season. We met more S. African climbers there than I knew existed, & the Austrian Hut is the base for trekkers attempting Pt. Lenana as well, so the whole area actually gets a good amount of traffic.

Despite this, though (& the fact that there were 2 other parties on the route the same day we were), we really did have solitude on the mountain for most of the day.


ben jammin

ben jammin - Feb 8, 2006 3:32 am - Voted 10/10


I also remember this pitch as being quite gripping!

You cross over the ridge, look down a yawning amphitheater/couloir and then proceed with a delicate traverse across to the other side. Technically it's not too difficult, but you definitely don't want to come off!

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