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Set to go: Summit at top right,
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Members: Werner Frei, Romy Foster, Chris Gow, Hugo Leggatt, Wolf Schneider, Karin van Niekerk, Mike von der Heyde.
Temporary Members: James Bryden, Natassia Leggatt

The weather was ideal – a mix of sun and cloud, with a breeze from the south-east to keep us cool. The outing was originally chosen with older club members in mind but the presence of Natassia Leggatt as a temporary member gave the party a sixty-year age spread. With birth years ranging from 1939 to 2000, there was a lot of world history there!
At Bergplaas we reduced the number of cars to two, driving from there up to the 700m ridge through fynbos and pine plantations with everwidening views.
The route to the summit led up a rather overgrown path through beautiful fynbos at its spring best. It seems clear that few parties come up here so one wonders what keeps the path open. It was steep and slippery in places – and certainly a good deal more open by the time we had come down again, mainly on our big ends!

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We spent about 90 minutes reaching the summit where we had magnificent 360° views, stretching to the Swartberg and Kammanassie to the north and a coastal view which included both Knysna and Mossel Bay.

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Erica discolour

Closer at hand the proteas, mimetes and ericas were on beautiful display.

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The summit at 1000m – all present and correct.

After 30 pleasant minutes on the summit, we spent another hour, often slithering, on our way down. We were all back at the cars about three hours after setting off.

Hugo Leggatt – meet leader

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