We had the perfect day in all respects – ideal weather conditions, great company and plenty of adventure! Our route took us to a part of the mountain seldom visited, evident by the overgrown vegetation and the remoteness of the area meant that we did not encounter any other hikers. The views looking back along the apostle buttresses is always rewarding ending with even more widespread views from the top of Judas Peak. After turning off from the Llandudno Ravine path, we reached the start of the Lekkerwater Traverse which took us in the direction of Grove Buttress. The final ascent to the top of the mountain was via Grove Walk which name is deceptive as it involves some rock scrambling along the way. After topping out we headed for Judas Peak where we enjoyed a leisurely lunch on the summit. We encountered a Berg Adder along the way which provided some excitement and interest in its vivid markings. Our descent was via Llandudno Ravine and we were back at the cars at 2pm after setting off at 7am. Our 14 strong party included two members from the Magaliesberg Section who were treated to some of the wonderful views our mountain has to offer.
Photos by Don Jepson