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Skoorsteenkop, Hout Bay

Leader: Penny Brown 25 July 2019 Skoorsteenkop, Hout Bay

Thirteen of us, including a guest, met at the end of Baviaanskloof Road, Hout Bay, and started walking just after 08h00 in somewhat inclement weather hoping to beat the predicted rain. We hiked up above the southern tributary of the Baviaans River (on the Constantiaberg side) and then over to the other side, over the northern tributary and through Tierbos, a lovely little Afromontane forest remnant. Above the forest we pulled out a few pine seedlings en route where tall pines are, unfortunately, still growing on SANParks land. Slowly we made our way up the lower slopes of Skoorsteenkop, with the NW wind strengthening. At the base of the more westerly peaks that we intended climbing, the wind was very strong, the cloud swirling, and a few specks of rain dissuaded us from ‘having tea on a peak’ as we normally do, but rather headed across the slopes to shelter in the lee of yet another of Skoorsteenkop’s (perhaps better named Skoorsteenberg) multiple peaks, for tea! From here we headed towards and along the Constantiaberg/East Fort contour path until Kleinkoppie where we headed down to the Baviaans Kloof waterfall and back to the cars. But before doing so, one of our newer members (all the way from Wellington) Marcel Coetzee, decided that the occasion (his first time in this area) deserved to be celebrated with a swim under the waterfall much to everyone’s amusement and amazement – go Marcel … clearly the Baviaans water has something special in it!
We arrived back at the cars at about 13h30 (duration about 5.5 hours) thereby beating the real rain which arrived about an hour later!

Donald

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