Posts Tagged ‘Hex Valley High Traverse’

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Nuy Vineyards

The cold, wet weather ate away at my enthusiasm. Walking along our dirt roads, which melted into slick highways of dark mud, my mind reached out towards the domestication around us…

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Rustic Mountain Retreat

We feasted as rain played on the corrugated roof, coffee percolated on the wood-burning stove, and storm lanterns flickered dim light over the table.

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De Doorns Wine Farm (Panorama)

The sun rises over one of De Doorns’ wine farms. Sitting in the middle of over 200 farms, this is the heart of Cape Town’s wine country.

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Gecko Trail Into the Nuy River Gorge

The Gecko Trail is an amphibious route into the Nuy River Gorge, and due to three days of near-constant rain, its river crossings beckoned the full force of raging water against mountain.

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Afrikaans Signs: What I Can’t Read Can’t Hurt?

As I jumped this property fence, I was hoping this very serious-looking Afrikaans sign was not a angry warning.

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Hex Valley High Traverse

The Rim of Africa’s Hex Valley High Traverse is an epic walk in the mountains.

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Clouds Before Storms

I look through the rocks and bush to find a way through, look up to check my position against the mountain ahead, and look behind to the clouds filling the sky… looking back is what scares me, even with the sun bright in the sky.

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Walking Farmlands of the Western Cape

Old plastered houses with laundry on the line, children playing along dusty roads, and small dogs barking their hellos — ingredients of farm life of the Western Cape.

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Spread of Invasive Species

Skeletons of hakea bend over young saplings, illustrating the massive problem of invasive species in the Cape Floral Kingdom.

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Ideal Morning of Hiking

The morning sun hit my face bright and early after a night sleeping out under the stars. I’m so sore from yesterday’s climb my toes are even tight…

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Hiking From Ceres

For the second time in the same day, we drastically underestimated the difficulty of the mountain facing us. For us, there’s only one solution— to keep climbing.

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Danger: Road Crossing

I’m almost panicked—my heart quickens and I’m running. I only feel relief as I get away from the road and the horn from the huge “lorry” (cargo truck) fades and drops in pitch from a distance.

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Scouting Weekend on the Rim of Africa

The Western Cape of South Africa is home to some very impressive mountains that stand as rocky monuments above the cape vineyards and farms.