Adamshurst, 3rd November 2013

Report by Rod Hart, photos by Charlie Guiot & Rod Hart

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A sunny day with cloud cover provided perfect walking weather for this hike, still need to recognise the potential for sun burn under these conditions especially on this hike as there is little cover for most of the hike. Up to the highest point takes about an hour and a half, with the walk back down about an hour at a lesurely pace.

A group of 17 of us gathered at the Adamshurst Nursery which provides safe parking for the cars and set off just after 9:00am with the plan to be back by 12:30. This hike is not for the faint of heart as it involves a lot of uphill, not so much steep as long and continuing, though there are a couple of little steep sections thrown in for good measure - nothing technical or difficult, just a lot of incentive to stop frequently to admire the view.

Points to look out for on this route:
Firstly - the view, increasingly more impressive as one gains height, see Midmar Dam, Mpophomeni, the Quarry, much further out in the distance depending on the clarity on the day.
Secondly - the little wild flowers and other interesting things of nature which pop up all over the place, need to keep a look out for them but worthwhile to keep one's eyes open
Thirdly - the view into the farm in the valley just over the top from the Trig beacon
Finally on the way back to look out for the impressive array of solar panels providing electricity for a house set way back.



This is how to get to Adamshurst Nursery from Pietermaritzburg:
Pic 1 - Along the N3 take Exit 99: Underberg / Howick South
Pic 2 - At the stop street Turn Left on to R617 (to Mpophomeni/Underberg)
Pic 3 - Travel for just under 13 kms along the R617, about 100m past Midmar Crushers sign to and turning to Adamshurst is on the right side of the road
Pic 4 - Along the tree lined entrance to Adamshurst Nursery

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Pic 5 - Group photo (Midlands Hiking Club members and visitors)
Pic 6 - 8: And we are off
Pic 9 - Not long before the climb starts
Pic 10 - Already we have a good view of Midmar spreeading out in the background
Pic 11 - Looking down on some cattle grazing far below us
Pic 12 - The top of one climb...
Pic 13 - ...leads to another
Pic 14 - as we get higher and higher

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Pic 15 - An eagle soars overhead
Pic 16 - A vacant anthill that has served either as a meal or shelter for something
Pic 17 - Interesting spotted leafed plant
Pic 18 - Golf ball styled mushroom
Pic 19 - Up & up towards the sky
Pic 20 - Great to stop and look back at the view


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Pic 21 & 22 - This more relaxed slope was most welcome
Pic 23 - Charlie followed a line of ants each carrying a piece of straw up to the entrance their home under a clumb of grass
Pic 24 - 27: Time for an informal break on a cluster of rocks to have a snack and admire the view (Midmar seen in the background)
Pic 28 - Father & daughter team, Katy and Rod (leaders on this hike)


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Pic 29 - Hawk/Eagle circling over the valley to the left of us
Pic 30 - Bugs crawling around in a bright yellow flower
Pic 31 - Delicate feather on the ground
Pic 32 - 34: Another steep climb looms ahead
Pic 35 - 39: Variety of interesting flowers/plants along the way
Pic 40 - Tackling the hill
Pic 41 & 42: Rod gets down to get a closeup of a flower
Pic 43 - Charlie gets creative with his photo, getting fore, mid and background into the shot


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Pic 44 - 48: THE TOP! We reach the promised trig beacon - the highest point we can get to and celebrate the achievement with a group photo as proof of the accomlishment
Pic 49 & 50: Charlie lends a helping hand to get us under the fence
Pic 51 - Our official "Elevenses" break
Pic 52 - A zoomed in view of the farmhous way down in the valley


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Pic 53 - Back on the route
Pic 54 - Bug on flower!
Pic 55 - Walking towards the view
Pic 56 - House in the middle of nowhere with impressive solar panel array in the garden
Pic 57 - Water wize garden
Pic 58 - The route towards home
Pic 59 - Rod takes a break from leading to admire the view

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Pic 60 - 63: The cloudy sky of earlier had cleared as these pics of Charlie's show
Pic 64 - Delicate yellow flower growing amoung the coarse grass
Pic 65 - Into the shade
Pic 66 - Pretty flower of the Lantana
Pic 67 - Concertina gate

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Pic 68 & 69: How now brown cows...
Pic 70 - A cast iron cow soap dish
Pic 71 - Quaint cottage
Pic 72 - Decorative walls
Pic 73 - Noo's Nook
Pic 74 - Range of colours in the surrounding trees
Pic 75 - Home!

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Pic 76 - Katy making friends with the local Wize Owl
Pic 77 - 80: Fresh scones with butter, cream, & strawberry jam, all round

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