6 September 2020
Report and photos by Dave Sclanders
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By the time we reached Meander Hut, the mist had dropped and visibility was very bad. Lunch was had at the hut, but due to the cold, it was a short break as hikers wanted to get going. I good weather the views from here are terrific, but no views today.
We we were returning via Oribi Ridge , which is a high ridge running back towards the Giants Camp direction. So it was first a climb to the beacon, then a drop all the way home. Somewhere , somebody got it wrong, we huffed and puffed to the beacon, a perfect 360 degree view point for the whole area, from Highmoor, Giants Massive to Monks Cowl. But the weather did not lift, a 3 meter view zone was all we had. For those who had not been here before, it must have been quite a nerve wracking experience, being in the middle of nowhere, not knowing where you were or your North from your South. But all did well, especially on the long up-hill climb, as one high point was reached, another appeared out of the mist, when would this climbing into know where Stop?. Worse of all what goes up must come down !!!
Eventually we met up right down the valley with the path that leads to Giants Hut. The mist lifted, we could see some views , best of all , the cars were just down there .
A difficult day of mind racing traumas, and muscle jarring hiking in the mist of nowhere land. Well done to everyone for sharing a unique experience.
It brings to mind a hike I did many years ago up Langalibale Pass, a very steep and long pass. The weather was very similar, But with a few more short sunshine breaks, and a lot of mist. One of the participants wrote me a note saying that the hike was so mind blowing and exciting for her as it reminded her of daily life, with dark times and happy times and fighting on to the end, and getting safely home.
This could be a lesson for all those who experienced this hike.
SAME AREA DURING WINTER
SAME AREA DURING SUMMER