Joe and I decided to take a break from the exam studies, and head up Stellenbosch Mountain. To my own embarrassment, I must admit that in all my time in Stellenbosch, I have never been up this iconic mountain before!
The rocky plateau at the top provided a wind-sheltered spot for us to enjoy our lunch; from here we headed down the path on the south-western part of the mountain.
On the decent, two trail runners came blazing past – they stopped and informed us that they had come from Haelkop. They had apparently set out at 5:00 in the morning. I had trouble comprehending how the two had managed to scramble up the mountains for two hours in the dark! Nevertheless, Joe and I soon made our way down, following the contour paths to the main road.
Max elevation: 1167 m
Min elevation: 122 m
Total climbing: 1148 m
Total time: 03:51:22