Zwartkop Mountain, Hilton

Sunday, 7th November 1999.


A small party of thirteen, some new faces, set out from my house for the mountain. The distance of approx 7km was accomplished quickly as the route taken was on forestry roads, the last 1km was extreme as one climbs approximately 150m in that distance.


The summit was rather uneventful as the humidity restricted the view one would normally enjoy at an elevation of 1450m , and also the litter left behind by some of the locals made it unpleasant. No wild life or bird life was spotted and the closest we came to hearing birds was Mr Harris’ melodic whistles, and after lunch and cold beers we headed back.


This hike is best appreciated after a Berg snowfall, as Monks Cowl and other Berg mountains are clearly visible. The total distance is around 14km and takes approximately 6 hours to accomplish.

Bret Arntzen