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18/03/25 Trip report – Upside down hike

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Eleven hikers (which included 2 visiting Newbies and 3 returnees) and 2 Beagles met up at the rendezvous point for this Sunday’s hike.  After working the transport arrangements, complicated a bit as there were to be 2 finishing points,  the group set off for higher, cooler and hopefully a bit less hazy climes.

The hike started off well, the trails were good, no one got lost (not even the leaders) and good progress was made even with one poor soul who was suffering with an upset stomach for the first part of the hike.

Being an upside down hike the first half was mainly downhill until we came to some farmland where we crossed a stream and followed a dirt road, crossed the stream a couple of more times and came to a trail which marked the start of the ascent.  The trek up was taken at a slower pace and we finally came up on to a ridge which offered some scenic views even in the haze.

We found a suitable spot on the ridge and stopped for lunch and discuss who was going to take which route down.  Lunch completed and decisions made we began the descent until reaching a fork in the trail where we split up.  One group of intrepids (6 hikers and 2 Beagles) opted to take the high route which entailed some more uphill work, a bit of bushwhacking and a very steep descent which resulted in some very sore knees and, for one unfortunate an attack of toe-cramp.  But they all made it safely down.  The second group opted for a longer but easier route which lead down into a village where transport had been strategically placed to enable them to get to the all important restaurant.

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Everyone made it back to the restaurant in time to enjoy the usual post-hike refreshments and regale the hi/low-lights of the hike.

Thanks to all for making it another great day on the hills.

Special thanks to L for the photos

 

 

 

 

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