Sunday 6 August, 2017
Report and photos by Alistair Nixon
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The first short break was at the second dam, which in its heyday, was a perfect picnic spot in amongst the trees. It still has remnants of those times but is still a lovely refreshment spot. Then a slightly precarious balancing act as one crosses the dam wall.
1. Ready to hike
2. Through the forest
3. Tea break Cedara dam
The next hour and a half follows paths and worn roads and a steady, and not too strenuous, climb to the contour road at the bottom of the summit. There were some jokes made about requiring oxygen tanks for the final push ! The last half an hour is very strenuous but taken slowly and methodically everyone made it up with the reward of splendid views.
4. Chris and Pam in discussion
5. Nothing more iconic than the windmill
6. Break before the climb
7. Looking back towards Karkloof
8. New hikers George and Serena
9. Going up
10. ...and up
11. ...nearly there
12. Baloo our companion
From Swartkop it is possible to see Nhlazane and Mt Gilboa. A short break and then our descent on the northern slope gave us views into the Sweetwaters valley. From this vantage point it becomes quite clear how Pietermaritzburg and its wider areas are growing. The descent is quite pleasurable through the forests and back into the Cedara filelds.
13. Sue and Cathy
14. Tanya and Mike relax
15. Stan our recci leader
16. All accounted for
There were also a celebration by Carolee, Loga and Eric who became the first three to do The Big 4 peaks. The other three being Nhlazane, Mt Gilboa, Bulwer Mountain.
17. The Big4 - Carolee, Loga and Eric