The day dawned bright and clear in the Attaquas, but by the time we met at the Lookout on the Robinson Pass, we were in the clouds and it was raining. Luck was however on our side and as we waited for all to arrive, the clouds parted, the rain stopped and the sun appeared.

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The party comprised Greg & Cheryl Devine, Clive & Sandy Louw, Fred van Berkel, Rina de Leur, Wolfgang Schneider, Karin van Niekerk and Greg & Janet Moore.

The path for the first kilometre had just been cut, but thereafter down to the Kouma River was overgrown, but easily followed.

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Crossing the Kouma

The path in the valley and for some way out of the valley, on the other side, was heavily overgrown and will soon be impassable.

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Morning tea was taken at the turn off from the Kouma Circuit, where the Attaquakloof Trail turns west and descends into a damp, heavily overgrown valley. The path here had fortunately been cut for the next three kilometres, down to the swimming pools, where Karin and Clive took a refreshing dip.

Shortly after the pools, the path breaks out into an area that burnt a year previously and started a long uphill slog in the hot sun, on a jeep track. This last part of the trail is in a huge, sheltered bowl, that can get very hot and would make hiking this trail in hot weather, inadvisable.

Lunch was taken where the path leaves the jeep track, out of the valley, and turns north up the ridge. This is the only point on the trail where there is access for vehicles and would be a convenient place to break the trail, for those wishing to only do a half day trail.

The afternoon hike was climbing gradually across the shoulder of the mountain towards the Attaquasberg. There were two places where water was available and the path, although not overgrown, was indistinct in places and as it hadn’t been walked in a long time, was fairly heavy going for tired legs.

Where the path climbs the ridge of the Attaquasberg, a new firebreak, above the pine plantation, had been cut, which unfortunately had obliterated the old path and where it turned off and crossed the ridge. At this point we lost the path entirely and bush-wacked down to a visible pipe track, for the last couple of kilometres to the end.

The total distance walked was almost 17.2 km, measured by Fred’s GPS and everyone was quite tired from the heavy going in places. Altogether an enjoyable day out in the mountains.

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Greg Moore

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