Having not seen Julius over the past few months, I decided the two of us should meet up on a hike. Further, I had been itching to see the Mimetes splendidus (Splendid Pagoda) in full flower – frustratingly it only flowers in Winter.

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We made the ascent to the saddle in just over two hours. We had considered to walk to George Peak, but the icy winds made us decide otherwise. We snapped a few pictures and headed back down.

This is where the search for the Splendid Pagoda began! Luckily, the plant’s silver leaves helped us spot it from a distance. Although not in full flower, the Pagoda remained a a unique and beautiful sight.

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Further, we were also lucky enough to spot a few Mimetes pauciflorus (Three-flowered Pagoda) in flower, even though it was well past their flowering season.

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Total distance: 14.73 km
Max elevation: 1309 m
Min elevation: 268 m
Total climbing: 1334 m
Total time: 04:54:50
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