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Ascent of Mafadi on 2011-05-17

Climber: R Rankin

Others in Party:D Rankin (wife)
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mafadi
    Location:South Africa/Lesotho
    Elevation:11322 ft / 3450 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ascent was done in high winds (Portable measured 80-110 kmph) and sub zero conditions (-12 C, with wind chill factor an estimated -27 C). It was however a fantastic clear day allowing some great photos of the Drakensberg escarment. Photos show how the high winds have layered the small snowfall of the last day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6565 ft / 2001 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6565 ft / 2001 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Nights Spent:3 nights away from roads
    Weather:Snowing, Frigid, Extremely Windy, Clear
High winds but clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6565 ft / 2001 m
    Route:Up twin forks stream, up Leslie's Pass
    Start Trailhead:Injasuthi base camp  4757 ft / 1449 m
    Time:2 Days 4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6565 ft / 2001 m
    Route:Contour path via Judge pass
    End Trailhead:Injasithu base camp  4757 ft / 1449 m
    Time:1 Days 8 Hours 



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