Meet Leader: Evie Bowen
Hikers/MCSA members: Sandy Louw; Karin Van Niekerk; Joan Louwrens; Di and Bill Turner; Wolf Schneider ; Tony and Evie Bowen ; Margi and Dave Barnes.
Hikers/ visitors: Rina de Leur and Margi Sullivan
Hike duration: about 5 hours including stops
Hike distance: about 10 kms
Trail Condition: great conditions on entire trail. The footpath section (higher up the mountain), leading off from the track towards the hut has recently been cleared, and it is now once again easy to follow. A good footpath also exists from the hut up to the actual Kop at Tierkop. Sadly the Cape Nature “Tierkop hut” – still showing on-going new signs of vandals at work, and “0” upkeep.

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The hike started from the NMU Campus at Saasveld. We were able to access the student housing area to park – alternatively we would have had to park at the administrative buildings, and walk the extra /1km .

Today the yr.no weather forecast proved to be spot on. Drizzle until 7.30 am, then gradual clearing to a sunny morning.
After a few very early phone calls to discuss the weather most hikers on the list did arrive!!
Our group gathered and we were off heading up the jeep track.

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Clouds covering the main Oteniquas – beginning to break up.

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A brief catch up point, before heading further up the track.

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We have arrived at :-
– Our challenge for the day – to climb the kop at Tierkop!!

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Height 760 m

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Some of the party (7) decided to head further up along the path from the hut. We passed through pristine Fynbos and were able to climb and arrive on yet a second “Kop”on the main Ridge. From here there are great views down to the ‘Snakey Pools” on the Kaaimans river and up to Kransberg.

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We all enjoyed the numerous colourful examples of this area’s special Fynbos.

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Finally – good views of both Craddock and George peaks.

Sadly looking down hill we did notice 2 scrambler bikes on the track to the hut. Of concern is the damage and erosion that these “motorized specimens” cause on all existing paths.

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After returning to the hut our party of 7 continued down the track and eventually caught up with the advance party Wonderful sunny views – here the Garden Route Dam , the sea and George .
Thank you to all who joined in on this enjoyable and easy Sunday morning hike.
Thanks to Wolf , Karin and Margi Sullivan for sending me their photographs – used in this report.

Meet report: Evie Bowen.

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