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1-2-5- Climb! Table Mountain Back Table

A lovely long hike at TM's Back Table, instead of 3 Peaks in Cape Point

The weather on Thursday 6 October was really bad at Cape Point, where the Meet was scheduled to take place. Teresa decided to take her small group of 7 mountaineers along a more propitious route. At 8h00 am, as the rain subsided, all gathered at Cecilia Car Park, and walked up to the Countour Path, then climbed Nursery Ravine. Tea was taken under the shelter of the remaining trees planted at Nursery Valley at the end of 1800s. The group walked around Hely-Hutchinson Dam and then climbed up , along the paths around St. Michael and Waaikoppie. They then turned south onto Smuts Track and descended along Cecilia Ridge. The prevailing mist made for a cold day, nonetheless very pleasant, as is always the case on Table Mountain.

1-2-5 Climb! Highest Point in NW

The Thursday Group, retired Johannesburg & Magaliesberg members (jokingly referred to as the ‘coffin dodgers'), walks in the Magaliesberg every Thursday – as the name implies. We did our 125-climb-hike on Thursday 6 Oct. Seven of us walked via ‘Bertram’s Nek’ south of Tonquani, to the highest point in NW Province, a point near the Nooitgedacht towers, as was determined by MCSA surveyor Ken Thrash (with all his instruments) in 2008. The highest point is in fact the top of a big boulder, marked with a cairn.

With a GPS to make sure we were on course, we headed that way. Mike Richardson however, insisted on reaching the highest point in the Magaliesberg (at the towers; and not to be accessed) because communication between coffin dodgers are not always the best and he thought that’s where we were going! While he walked doggedly on into the distance and out of sight, it left the rest of us stranded at the NW cairn. After a while Roger followed him because he might just have gotten arrested for being at the towers.... they came back (Mike with a sore knee) after he had accomplished his in effect he cheated and bagged two peaks!

Once he was back at the cairn, we had to take the group photo. My camera, the only one with a time lapse facility, kept refusing to take a picture (I now know the time lapse does not work when the flash is on) and also falling flat on its face every time 10 seconds had passed! So, sorry, people, after many tries for one picture, we had to take two pictures to record all of us!

- Otti Neser


1-2-5 Climb! Bamboo Mountain turned Little Shrimp

Bamboo mountain – had 16 takers, though 6 fell by the wayside the day before – but the mist came down too thickly and it would have been irresponsible to continue up. Some of the climbers to Bamboo mountain then climbed onto a nearby rocky outcrop and called it Little Shrimps, so that there was at least a little mountain to add to the 1-2-5!

- Iona Stewart

From left to right: Norman Mitchell Innes, Gayle Gayer, Jan Phelan, Margaret Brown, Mike and Bridget Richmond, Saskia Osbourne and her children, Lila and Tate

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