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    New Zealand?

    Why New Zeeland ?

    Good job, thanks for sharing.
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    Why New Zealand what?
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    New Zealand? Where Dat??
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinE View Post
    Great stuff! It's always tough when the water is so low. I reckon a return trip when the river is flowing nicely will get you into plenty of fish.
    For sure, this is the by far the most challenging fishing i have ever expierienced, i recon a return trip in april, when flows should be better is in order

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinE View Post

    Your trip is a reminder to me to get out and do those backcountry trips on my bucket list, while I still can.
    Go for it, i especially appreciated this trip because construction of the giant Polihali dam on the Senqu just above Mokhtlong is due to begin this year. On completion the gorges we visited will most likely be underwater ... pretty sad
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    Hiking at that altitude is a bit though, with the thin air.
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    On the morning of third day, an icy wind came up and we where slightly concerned about descending back to KZN the following day with thunderstorms predicted. We decided to explore down the Senqu for 2 hours or so and then try to make it back to the top of Rockeries pass by lunch, and attempt to descend back to MCC while conditions where good.

    Here we started to find some seriously deep pools, with some good trout. But, to be-honest, i was to wrecked to contemplate fishing:



    We also started to meet some of the locals, they were friendly and curious (don't think they get to see many "outsiders"):



    After a tricky scramble out of the gorge, we hiked hard back to rockeries pass, arriving around 11h30. Had a quick lunch and began the descent:



    I would be lying if i said this descent didn't almost kill me, it took about 5 hours to reach the bottem and start the long walk back to MCC ... only the thought of the waiting cold beers got me through it. THis is looking back at the escarpment form where the road to MCC starts:



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    many thanks for sharing.
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    WOW! WOW! and WOW!
    Thanks for taking the time to share this. amazing pics.
    after the army, i hate walking further than the fridge, so i will just have to enjoy this through someone else's eyes.
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    Thanks for taking me on a great trip. All sort of shades of green with envy. Too old and legs would never forgive me but I can still dream.
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    Man it looks like a serious hike . Thanks for the report.

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