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Monks Cowl North Face

Postby SchalkErasmus » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:02 pm

We are interested in climbing the north face up Monks Cowl in the Drakensberg.
I'm looking for any info on the route, grading, gear needed and route description.
I will also appreciate any info on the other routes up to the summit.

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Re: Monks Cowl North Face

Postby Ghaznavid » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:52 pm

To the best of my knowledge there are 3 routes:
- Not So Auto (very long, difficult, exposed, mixed sport/trad, not much gear). I believe it is grade 26-28, but google it - there is a good RD on a website somewhere - this would be more or less the north face
- Bary's Route (can't remember if it is 6 or 7 pitches, all trad, about a grade F3 I think, not much gear, very bold, and infamous for being the route that took the life of one of SA's best climbers at the time - Dick Bary, 22 years old if I have my facts right).
- Standard Route (3 pitches, all trad, F2 with a scary traverse on 1 piece of gear)

Somewhere on this site there is a story on Not So Auto, VE has some details and photos from when Andrew P lead a team up the Standard Route (some also did Bary's route) over the easter weekend earlier this year.

Note that I have not done any of the 3 routes on this peak.

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Re: Monks Cowl North Face

Postby robertbreyer » Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:58 pm

Drakensberg Map #2.
Read all about it for a mere R72 plus shipping.
https://www.mountainmailorder.co.za/ind ... uctId=1637
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Re: Monks Cowl North Face

Postby Viking » Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:02 am

With respect, you won't learn anything about climbing RD's in that map.

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Re: Monks Cowl North Face

Postby Turtle » Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:44 pm

he asked for any info.... its something....

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Re: Monks Cowl North Face

Postby Sam » Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:39 pm

The maps cost 50 bucks at the monks cowl reception. Just saying.

Can get all 6 there if you like & plenty there a few weeks ago...

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Re: Monks Cowl North Face

Postby Hector » Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:44 pm

Schalk, Not so Auto on the N face of Monks Cowl is hard and serious. If you've done a few trad routes of 300+m at grade 26 or so then you'll be fine. If that's the case drop me a pm and I'll send you some beta.
Otherwise the Standard Route is pretty, well, standard berg climbing - some losseness, some grass, some runouts and poor pro, lots of exposure and a great summit. There are better, easier and safer berg routes, but it is worthwhile. Lots of berg RD's here: http://kzn.mcsa.org.za/climbing/route-guides/drakensberg-rds

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Re: Monks Cowl North Face

Postby SchalkErasmus » Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:20 pm

Thanks everyone I appreciate the feed back.

Any suggestions on what is a good summit to go do as a introduction in the berg.

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Re: Monks Cowl North Face

Postby Ghaznavid » Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:17 am

SchalkErasmus wrote:Any suggestions on what is a good summit to go do as a introduction in the berg.


For a climber - I would say Sentinel.

If you want to switch it to light unroped climbing/mostly hiking - Cathedral Peak (beautiful view from the top, I did this one a few months ago).

Hiking only: Beacon Buttress/Mont-Aux-Sources (both good), Cleft Peak, Thumb Spur (at Giants Castle - not named on the map, the 3055m spot height near Langalibalele Pass) or Rhino Peak.
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Re: Monks Cowl North Face

Postby Camp » Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:26 pm

Of interest, the North Face had a few bolts put in it, drilled on lead with a monstrous petrol driven rotary-hammer drill that looks like something Hamas has invented.

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Re: Monks Cowl North Face

Postby Chris F » Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:52 am

Camp wrote: looks like something Hamas has invented.



:lol:


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