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Leader: Dennis Cope 17 January 2019 Seven Buttresses

We set out enthusiastically at 06h50 from Theresa avenue in ideal hiking conditions. After the group pic at the Diagonal turn off from the Pipe Track, the slog up to the first pitch was taken at varying paces until we were all properly fired up.

After leaving the Diagonal path, we were treated to an awing spectacle of the Atlantic seaboard completely wadded in a thick mist. The coast from Oudekraal to Sea Point was completely covered in fog, yet Table Bay and Blouberg northwards were clear.

We enjoyed a “bevy break” in Jubilee cave. It must have energised us, as we found ourselves at the designated lunch spot on the southern side of Postern just after 11h00. A fairly strong westerly wind had come up by then and lunch was accompanied by the sight of billowing thick mists between our protected vantage point and the top of Wood Buttress.

The wind slowed and the mist cleared just as we set out after lunch to complete the seventh buttress, the top of Wood. We descended via Woody Ravine taking advantage of the shade by having a welcome rest two-thirds of the way down. Soon after joining the Pipe Track, we used an off road route back to the boom at Theresa avenue, arriving there at 14h00.

Dennis Cope


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