Jonkershoek Traverse

July 2017

This esteemed route dates back in mountain history to the 19th of May 1962, when Maties students Rudolph Buhrman, Piet Hugo and Jan du Plessis finished it in 19hrs:30mins. The route – known in some circles as the ‘Jonkershoek Marathon’ traces the top edge of the Jonkershoek valley in a horseshoe-shape. It runs from the beacon of Botmaskop to the beacon of Stellenboschberg. The route follows very few established paths, where most of the route consists of no paths, demanding a combination of navigational, basic mountaineering and scrambling skills. Seven summit peaks are faced along the way and the route is only 31km, but with a total ascent of 3500m. On this particular day I was unable to complete the route, but our party managed to continue on and finished successfully.

 

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