(L to R) Clive Louw, Norman Cooper, Fred van Berkel, Elsa de Villiers (visitor) Not in photo: Charl du Plooy, Tony Bowen (meet leader).


Summary. The hike starts at “Sputnik” carpark near the top of the Outeniqua Pass. This is where the group photo above was taken, looking south. Vensterberg peak is the one just left of centre, and is higher than the un-named peak in the photo to its left. After crossing the highway, the route follows the ridge line on a path to the peak. Currently the path is well used and clear. It goes up steeply requiring scrambling and near the summit is a short section with exposure. Grade 2 ½M.

The hike. We set off from Sputnik at 8.30am in good weather. While some clouds moved across the peak, it was mostly fine and clear. We took it slowly, summitting at 11.30 a.m. and were back down at the cars at 2pm. We encountered two other groups on the mountain, signalling its popularity.

Elsa at “venster”.

“Happy days are here again…..”

Tony Bowen – meet leader