20 hikers met at CenFes and we immediately sent two vehicles on ahead to the hike end point. Good progress was then made by the 5 other vehicles, and we met a final, 21st, biker-hiker at the trailhead. After a quick vehicle shuffle, we managed to start hiking around 08.50. Good co-operation and co-ordination all round.
The group spread out a little along the first 3 kms of dirt road uphill, but came together briefly at one leader’s interpretation of the first junction/turn. At the second junction, the other leader neglected to check the route on GPS and so a number of hikers embarked on an ‘interesting’ detour, involving a bit of an obstacle and eventually some serious uphill off-piste work to regain the correct trail. The correct-route hikers also had their own little adventure, apparently, (more details anyone?) which resulted in one hiker deciding to return to the start point to wait for the others’ return.
11.5 kms, up about 900m, down over 1,000m, in about 6 hrs 10 mins. Great views, only a little rain, atmospheric (welcome) cloud cover, and plenty of exercise. With a little bridge re-building (and de-building, thanks Mr Wader, being necessary, to guard against flash flood damage).
Big thanks to all the drivers, bridge (de)builders, the seven explorers who’ve undertaken three previous hikes in the area, photographers (Y, R), and to everyone for keeping together when necessary and for patience during slight detours. 😉 Bad traffic on the way home, unfortunately, and a breakdown for poor Bob. Hope you guys didn’t have to wait too long for help to arrive, and that it’s not too serious a problem.
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