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Participants: Left to right: Evie Bowen, Dave Barnes, Margie Barnes, Janet Moore, Fred van Berkel, Wendy Thompson, Greg Divine, Rina de Leur, Norman Cooper, Cheryl Devine, Maretha Alant, Tony Bowen (meet leader), Greg Moore, Albrect (visitor)

Hike statistics: 15 km including diversion, 6.5 hour duration Grade: 1, with an optional short Grade 2+

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Access, permits and trail head: The hike is in the Groeneweide Forest Reserve, controlled by SANParks.

Access to the trail head is from Saasveld campus of NMMU. A self-issue permit kiosk exists at the start of the trail. There is a sign board showing the Red, Blue and Green routes. Guide sheets were available at the kiosk.

Hike description: The party met at 7.45am at the main gates to the campus, and then proceeded to the parking area near the swimming pool. After visiting the trail head and signing in, they were on the trail by 8am. The Red Route was followed. The walk was predominantly in spectacular indigenous forest which was initially pleasantly cool, but became hot and humid later. The route is well marked with a well maintained trail, and with easy gradients.

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Some of the party cooled off in the Silver River along the way.

Tony Bowen – Meet Leader

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