Ascent of Marakele NP High Point on 2013-12-21

Climber: Christopher D'Aiuto

Others in Party:Arun Jani
Date:Saturday, December 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Marakele NP High Point
    Location:South Africa
    Elevation:6850 ft / 2087 m

Ascent Trip Report

Visibility this day was fantastic with no clouds in sight in any direction. There were many interesting wildflowers in bloom. The Cape vultures were out in high number. Didn't see any Kilpspringer but did see dassie and Gurney's sugarbird, Cape Holly and Mountain Cypress (Widdringtonia). The protea had some perfect blooms.

This day I went past the peak to the slot between the high peak section and the last, western-most, section of the ridge. The breeze and views from here were great, and a perfect place for lunch on large rocks under arching trees; highly recommended. If you are with rock climbers, with some good bouldering you could climb up onto the last ridge section. Just note that walking on the north side of the ridge will get you past a deep ravine between the smaller-tower section and the high peak section, and will help you avoid lots of needless gain and loss, although it can be harder to navigate.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:130 ft / 39 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:130 ft / 39 m
    Start Trailhead:6720 ft / 2048 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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