Gordon on the technical...

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
on Feb 7, 2006 2:04 pm
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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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