On Saturday, May 27th, nine of us set off from the parking area at Bain’s for an overnight hike to Springstygbeugel. We were excited and eager to start our journey. The air was cool, and the sky was clear as we began our trek through the lush and soggy valley. The valley was alive with numerous waterfalls in full flow. We had a mini river crossing then continued our hike and climbed up to our campsite on the saddle. The view from our campsite was breathtaking. The wind was still crisp and blustery as everyone tried to find a sheltered spot to set up camp. With the recent rains, we were fortunate to have water nearby, and we were able to replenish our water supplies. After settling in, we explored the ridge to the north of our campsite, which overlooked the Hoekskloof valley. In the distance, we could see the snow capped mountains of the Hex. It was truly a sight to behold.
At sunset the wind died down, and we were blessed with pleasant weather. We made dinner and enjoyed a calm evening under the stars. It was a magical experience, and we felt grateful to be in such a beautiful place.
The next morning, we woke up and set out to the Slanghoek Amphitheatre. When we arrived, everyone tested their fear of heights by taking a peek down the wall below. It was a thrilling experience and sight to behold for those who haven’t seen it before.
We had a leisurely walk back to our cars, with some even taking the opportunity to go for a swim in the beautiful weather. The hike may have been over, but memories were made, and batteries recharged. It was a beautiful night in the mountains. Returning to the city one could see the clouds rolling in as the next storm approached.
Photo credits: Peter Hagen, Alex le Roux and Cecilia Scholtz