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Merupie

 

In 2000 when Mark and Alard were having a rest day after having climbed "Delayed Gratification"  they went exploring to see if they could find the domes which had been spotted from the summit of Mlema 3. They successfully located the domes and returned in 2001.

 

Merupie, or Sitting Chief as Mark and Alard originally named the dome was the attention of the MCSA (Mountain Club of South Africa)/BMC (British Mountaineering Council) 2001 expedition to Nampula Province in Northern Mozambique.

 

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Sitting Chief looks nice from far, but it is far from nice!!

 

Mark Seuring, Alard Hüfner, Peter Robins, Dave Turnbull, Leo Holding and Pieter Martin on the summit of Sitting Chief. The route, Merupie Gully is graded at 24.

 

 

Beautiful view from the summit.

 

 

There were 5 routes attempted on Sitting Chief. The 5 route is on the back.   

1. attempted by Dave Turnbull, Pieter Martin, and Peter Robins.

2. Attempted by Alard Hüfner, Mark Seuring and Leo Holding.

3. Attempted by Ben Bransby and Andrew Donson. they started the route late and thus could not finish it.  Alard Hüfner, Mark Seuring and Leo Holding then climbed Merupie Gully to the top.

4. Decent route. Starts up the front of the dome and then moves round to back. Dave Turnbull, Pieter Martin, and Peter Robins, walked up the decent route which meets up with Merupie gully 2 pitches from the top. They then climbed the last 2 pitches stealing the summit, 5 minutes  in front of Alard, Mark and Leo. 

5. This attempt is on the back of the Dome. This route would be a lot longer, about 700m, as the ground drops off steeply on the back side of dome. Matthew Munting and Isak Steyn got 2 pitches up this route.

 

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