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.