The day dawned clear and bright with some light cloud on the higher peaks. We met at the lookout lay-by about three kilometres from the top of the Robinson Pass and travelled in one vehicle to the top of the pass, where we paused for the photo.

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We had quite a large party comprising Bill Turner, Karin van Niekerk, Derek & Jami Odendaal, Greg Devine, Fran Hunziker, Clive & Sandy Louw, Greg & Janet Moore, Dave & Gill Manley, Stewart Stiles, Wolf Schneider (photographer) and Con & Aneki, Meyer (Magaliesberg Members)

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This photo gives a good idea of the path, from the road, up to and along the ridge to the right, with magnificent view on both sides and then down to the neck in the center middle distance where the Attakwaskloof Trail turns off to the west. From there the path drops down into the Kouma River and then the long climb back up to the road.

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The path has recently been cleared and this picture shows the path and firebreak, with the Robinson Pass in the background.

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We paused on top of Jurie Se Berg, the highest point, from where there are fine views, and here we are looking down the Attakwaskloof, to the west.

We stopped for lunch on the neck, where the Attakwaskloof Trail branches off and then descended down to the Kouma River, where we filled our bottles before the long pull up to the road.

The trail is 15.3 km long and took us seven hours including breaks. We climbed 1040m and descended 1144m.

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The weather played along after an iffy forecast and a very enjoyable day was had by all. A note of caution, the weather here can change very quickly; we finished in the mist and drizzle, which would have made the first part of the hike unpleasant, if not dangerous.

Many thanks to Karin, Wolf, Derek and Stewart for sending me so many super photos, from which I had great difficulty choosing.

Greg Moore – leader

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