The b(ack)log

Amatola

I did the Amatola hiking trail at the end of 2009! To make a long story short, it’s an excruciating route where uphill means uphill, downhill means downhill and aggressive bees are aggressive!

Day 1

The road there

The road there

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The start of the route

 

The short cut while it would have been a short cut!

The short cut while it would have been a short cut!

A  little later (about 5km gaining about 500m in altitude) we came to a place where the only way forward is to cross a narrow ledge right above a bee hive using a chain. We obviously didn’t know about the bees until one manage to get hold of my scalp!

Yeah, maybe we should have listened!

Yeah, maybe we should have listened!

They may call it a timber chute, but it's actually just an uphill that goes forever!

They may call it a timber chute, but it’s actually just an uphill that goes forever!

This timber chute was on the short cut. Seems there is a reason why it’s shorter in distance!

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Day 2

Look at the view, quickly, you have 19km to hike today!

Look at the view, quickly, you have 19km to hike today!

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Day 3

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Day 4

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Giant earth worm!

Giant earth worm!

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Waterfall

Waterfall

Waterfall

Waterfall

Stairs

Stairs

Some more waterfall

Some more waterfall

Stairs and hut

Stairs and hut

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Day 5

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Wolf valley

Wolf valley

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O wait, not quite yet

O wait, not quite yet

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Day 6

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no shade

no shade

no shade

no shade

top

top

no shade

no shade

seriously

seriously

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Some blisters

Some blisters

Sorry, I had to put this photo up

Sorry, I had to put this photo up

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