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 Post subject: Golden Gate - Ascending Ribbokkop
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:00 am 
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Hi Everyone.

First time poster on this forum, although I've read many threads in the past, mostly KNP forum.

We frequently visit Golden Gate. We love hiking and climbing. My question is as follows: Can Ribbokkop be ascended, i.e. is there a route up to the summit, and is this allowed. I know the Ribbok trial passes by closely (from the map, we haven't done that one).

This is after all the highest peak in the park and from what I read the highest in the Free State. If there is no route it should not pose a problem as we are experienced climbers/sloggers in the Drakensberg area. The question however remains whether SANparks will allow such activities.

Anyone with knowledge on this topic?

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Riaan


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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate - Ascending Ribbokkop
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:31 pm 
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Sorry, but I can't help you with you query.

I would just like to correct you in that Namahadi is highest peak in the Free State at 3290m, while Ribbokkop is only 2829m.


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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate - Ascending Ribbokkop
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:54 am 
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Hi samas12

Thanks for that correction, that is interesting indeed. There seems to be some confusion w.r.t that, as a lot of internet based searches states Ribbok to be the highest. A quick search on Namahadi indeed shows it to in the Free State (albeit on the border) and it is indeed listed at 'peakbagger' as Free State's highest.

We are on a sort of quest to 'bag' all the 9 Provinces highest peaks (Not that NorthWest and Gauteng's peak's leave much of a challange..).

We are heading for Mafadi in May.

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Riaan


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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate - Ascending Ribbokkop
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:42 pm 
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If you plan to hike up to Mafadi you should read this first:

http://www.footprint.co.za/drakensberg_mafadi.htm


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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate - Ascending Ribbokkop
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:19 pm 
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Thanks, that is a very nice trip report.

I did Mafadi about 4 years ago, we used Leslie Pass up and down back then. I plan using this route again. I am taking my wife and sister and brother-in-law up there.

Regards

We also intend doing the Mont Aux Sources route during that vacation so I can try getting to the top of Namahadi as well while at it.


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