Ascent of Seweweekspoort Peak on 2016-08-23

Climber: Josh Gordon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Seweweekspoort Peak
    Location:South Africa
    Elevation:7628 ft / 2325 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at the break of dawn. Very slippery, rocky path. Lucky to have worn long pants as the brush at the bottom was thick and sharp. Cold at the top with powdery snow. Beanie and good jacket recommended. The peak was difficult to find as the beacon had fallen over. I erected the pole of the beacon as best I could - sadly the actual beacon has broken off. Found a cool old oil tin on top. Beautiful scenery, but a climb I will be reluctant to do again in one day - the route on the other side supposedly has a cave to dwell in overnight and fresh drinking water. Very arid conditions on the climb, but the geology is absolutely mind blowing! Note to leave markers on your way up so you can come down the same way - I came down about 1km off my original path and had to climb down a very steep ridge or add another 3 hours to my hike trying to backtrack. Problem lies in the 4 buttresses on the way down which make it impossible to see the bottom of the climb. Good luck.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3773 ft / 1150 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3773 ft / 1150 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3773 ft / 1150 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route:North Ascent
    Start Trailhead:33°21’59.0? S 21°21’54.0" E  3855 ft / 1175 m
    Time:5 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3773 ft / 1150 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:North Descent
    End Trailhead:33°21’59.0? S 21°21’54.0" E  3855 ft / 1175 m
    Time:3 Hours 10 Minutes

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