37 Hikers
Leader Cecil Hackney
Photos courtesy: Keith Ashton (numbered set) & Roseanne Dix

1. Happy hikers enjoying the view towards Albert Falls

Heres a short version of our wonderful hike at this very popular venue - if you didnt do the hike last year, please have a look at our comprehensive writeup at http://www.gohiking.co.za/newsletters/200909SEPT/everdon/everdon.htm

As of last year, we were again led by Cecil Hackney - a wonderfully inspiring and knowledgable leader who knows the area so well. Keith organised and co-ordinated the very large and enthusiastic crowd of hikers from Midlands and Durban Ramblers Club...not a task to be taken lightly, and as hikers, we so appreciate all the work put in by our leaders and co-ordinators. A big 'THANK YOU' to Jenny from Dbn Ramblers who is such a dynamic and enthusiastic co-ordinator.

This years hike was done in reverse, so avoiding the onerously daunting hill at the end of the hike which saw a few members previously faltering , so this year we could breeze down back to our cars with ease. As it was again very hot, the hike was shortened to 13ks - also to give us time to repair to Yellow Wood Cafe for much needed refreshment.

Our grateful thanks to the owner of Yellowwood - Sandra Murphy - for allowing a rather scruffy bunch of tired hikers to enjoy the late afternoon sunshine on her lawn and to be entertained by a special concert performed by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra & local artists including Jason Hartman.

Thanks again Cecil for leading a great hike - you have gained some more lady admirers. We are so lucky to have such selfless leaders who give up so much time and put so much effort into our enjoyment - and the cost? Less than an icecream a month and far better for us.

Roseanne Dix

2. Looking down onto Karkloof Spa Land

3. View onto Kakloof Valley & Albert Falls

4. Downhill a bit - Karkloof Spa below & Albert Falls

5. Still going down

6. Making our way to view the junction of Umgeni & Karloof

7. Going up a bit

8. Cecil (leader) & Sebastian helping Margaret to get under

9. Warwick's turn - note Neville's stylish bush-hat

10. Gill tending the start of a blister

11. Entertainment by local paragliders

12. Keeping an eye on our hikers

13. Why hike when we can glide

14. New-born calf - guarded by mum

15. Getting close to the end of the hike

16. Back at the vehicles

A few words at the start of of the hike

...............well maybe a bit of this thrown in !!!!!!!!!!

Happiness is___hiking with good friends - Rose & Jenny

happy hikers

welcome tea break

a bit of culture to end off a wonderful day