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Hikers attending were: Cheryl and Greg Devine, Karin van Niekerk, Charles Smith, Charl du Plooy, Werner Frey, Clive Louw, Wolf Schneider, Fred van Berkel, Hans van Ameyde (Meet leader).

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The weather was fine, overcast but fortunately no rain. Just as well, considering the climbing awaiting us later in the afternoon. We got to the official coastal route west of Sinclair Hut by 10h30 to enjoy the impressive view to the west along the coast. As it was rather windy, we decided to have our morning break at the Hut. From here we proceeded east through the Fynbos and descended to sea level and crossed the Grooteiland River, most of us keeping dry feet.

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We enjoyed our lunch at the tidal pool a bit further on. However, nobody was keen on taking a bath due to the lack of sunshine. From here the terrain becomes challenging, rounding Grootkop and beyond towards Kranshoek view point.

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After we got to the area below Kranshoek, we climbed up through the indigenous forest on a decent path and reached our parking area, high up around 15h30.

Only then, the rain in the form of a light drizzle started falling. So glad about that! We all felt very satisfied with our accomplishment doing this beautiful scenic and challenging hike.

Thanks also to Fred van Berkel for sharing some of his pictures.

Hans van Ameyde – meet leader

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