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Yellowwood Traverse & Grootkop

Leader: Don Jepson 9 Dec 2021 Yellowwood Traverse & Grootkop

We set out on what was forecast to be a windy day and enjoyed perfect hiking conditions. The 13 of us ascended Llandudno Ravine, destination Yellowwood traverse round the western side of Grootkop.

A tea stop was made under an overhang along the traverse where we enjoyed far reaching views towards Lion Head and Table Bay. Thereafter we reached the north facing side of Grootkop and linked up with the ‘B’ frontal route.

The frontal route follows an interesting line through the rock bands, eventually topping out at the summit beacon at 851m. We spent some time enjoying the 360 degrees view without any cloud and in calm conditions.

As we had a long return journey ahead we set off down the ‘A’ route, linking back with the main Apostle path, direction Llandudno Ravine. Along the way we stopped for lunch near Judas Peak where we again had wonderful views down the Atlantic coast line.

The distance travelled over the 7.5 hour hike was between 13 and 14 km – we had various readings from the many GPS devices that members of the party had with them.

The close proximity of the Suikerbossie restaurant at the end tempted many of us to head there for refreshments!

Donald

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