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Formosa Peak

Formosa Peak must be one of the best kept secrets of the Tsitsikamma mountains. The ascent is something similar to that of Cradock Peak, yet the scenery and experience is wholly different.

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Pass-to-Pass & Losberg

Back in March my father and I did the Pass-to-Pass. The main path from the Outeniqua pass to Montagu pass was clear, but the path leading to Losberg was wildly overgrown. We followed the route for a bit, but soon gave up. Forward to December; Nic, Estelle and I retraced the (now cleared) path.

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Koumashoek Circuit

The Koumashoek circuit is a perfect example of the beauty of the Outeniqua mountains – from the dense fynbos to the panoramic views of both the Swarberg and the sea. As of date there is but little information on this trail, so here is to hoping that this post proves valuable.

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Fun in the Klein Swartberg

Earlier on in the year – after I decided to post a few things on iSpot – I was contacted by Di asking if I’d like to join CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers). What a stunning opportunity to help identify, document and preserve the fynbos of the Western Cape.

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The Baths

To celebrate our first degree, a few of us decided to head to The Baths, near Citrusdal. After arriving and setting up the tents, Tyron and I went for a game of tennis. Further, we were informed of a sokkie being hosted at the Dwarsgebou – we decided to go and were graced with the likes of “Liewe Lulu” and “Rooi Rok Bokkie”.

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Die Pieke, Virgin Peaks & Rifberg

The plan was to head up Langrivierkloof, across to Virgin Peaks and Rifberg (First Ridge Peak), and come down the “slabs” route. Since we were able to drive a considerable distance up Langrivierkloof, we tackled Die Pieke as well.

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Miaspoort Trail

Interning over the June-July holidays meant I had endless free time over the weekends. Estelle and I thus decided to head up to the Italian Prisoner of War cross on the top of Hugenoot peak.

We parked on the Du Toitskloof pass and made the steep ascent. Bright yellow tolbosse and Wabome (Protea nitida) lined the path up to the neck. From the neck we had a stunning view of the Du Toits mountains, the N1 and the Hawekwas mountains.

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Perdekop Trail

In the July of 2015 I had headed to the Drakensberg with the BTK, fully prepared to see snow up-close for the first time. The first night we slept on top of the Amphitheatre, whereafter we awoke to a very light dusting of snow. From here we drove to Underberg and spent a few nights in the surrounding mountains. On the final evening the temperature dropped well below freezing, and this time I woke up in a frozen sleeping bag, but alas, no snow.  Thus, to see snow here in the Western Cape (albeit but a little) is a real privilege!

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In search of the Splendid Pagoda

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.

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Up Stellenbosch Mountain

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!

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We followed the path up from Coetzenburg Stadium, which was easy going. Nearing the top of the mountain, the sun came up over Botmaskop and illuminated the Twin Peaks (Die Pieke).

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