Arangieskop Trail a hit!



Arangieskop Trail a hit!

Arangieskop Trail a hit!

Arangieskop Trail a hit!

Arangieskop Trail a hit!

Arangieskop Trail a hit!

Arangieskop Trail a hit!

28 April 2011

Some extracts from a letter recently sent to our Langeberg municipality by a tourist who did the Arangieskop Trail when the mountain was covered in snow!

Eva van Belle wrote:

"Our hike on Tuesday and Wednesday was an amazing experience.  We are impressed by the facilities and cleanliness of the huts. As we were about to leave on the first day it started pouring, so wisely we waited a little and within half an hour it became a drizzle, so we set off. Although it was very windy and misty at the top, we had surprisingly little rain along the way.  Probably because it was cold, we made it to the hut in 4 ½ hours.  It was lovely sitting at the fireside in this first class hut and hearing the storm roar around us, smug in the knowledge that we did not even have to go outside to go to the toilet!  The storm increased during the night, and we did worry a little about hiking the next day.

But then a secret dream of mine came true: to wake up in a mountain hut to a white, white world.  The wind was still very strong and it was piercingly cold, but what fun!  We decided to hike on, sticking very close together.  The Protea Punctata which I had admired the previous day were covered with snow and ice.  Luckily the wind abated a little after about 30 minutes and we had enough cold weather gear with us to make this a great and enjoyable hike – except that my daughter’s Hitech boots offered little grip, and she slipped quite a few times.  We proceeded slowly and carefully – the snow almost extended to 1100m, we even found some nerinas flowering in the snow.
Further down the proteas and the bird life provided a huge contrast to the wintry conditions at the top.

We really enjoyed every moment.  The trail construction and route is excellent – through varied terrain, with good grading.  Even the so-called endless uphills were enjoyable, as the zigzags were just the right length.  It was well marked, even in the snow (we were glad that the second day had YELLOW footprints!) and well maintained.

Thank you for a memorable experience".