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    Like many others, we made the Heritage public holiday on Tuesday into a long weekend and we went up to the Cederberg for a bit of fresh air and hiking. The big hike of the weekend was on Monday when we went up the Wolfberg Cracks.

    I first did the route with school mates in 1976. In those days you went straight up the mountain, but nowadays there is a path, still fairly steep though. Our group of 6 did very well considering our combined age is 350 years. We remain silent about our weight.

    We managed all the scrambles up rock faces and crawling through narrow tunnels and had a short picnic at the top. As always I was amazed at the rocks formations and the deep red colour of the rocks and I hope the few photos will inspire more people to take on this little challenge.
    Downhill always hurts, but we rewarded ourselves with a few beers and a wine tasting at Cederberg Cellar.

    My father went up the same route when he was 76 years old, so we made a pact that we will do this trip every couple of years until our ankles and knees and hips can no longer take the punishment.
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    Sjo, thanks Merwe,

    We will be there in December. Did you manage to get all the way to the Arch?

    Any tips? Iíve got SWAMBO on a very stringent prep routine so we can do the 15 km in a day with ease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zapiture View Post
    Sjo, thanks Merwe,

    We will be there in December. Did you manage to get all the way to the Arch?

    Any tips? Iíve got SWAMBO on a very stringent prep routine so we can do the 15 km in a day with ease.
    We did not plan to go all the way to the Arch. It is a mere 5,5 km from the parking lot to the top of the Wolfberg and back, but it is steep with big steps, so do not just train on level ground, perhaps steps or uphill and downhill and make her used to walking uneven terrain. The other decision is whether to go through the narrow right hand cracks or the wider and easier Wide Crack.

    Three weeks ago I did 26 km per day in the Namib, but this was slightly harder and my legs hurt more.

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    Officially the route to the arch is still closed to allow the vegetation to recover after the fires in 2016. Realistically I think itís a bit of an overkill.

    as the OP mentioned, it is only a 5.5km hike up to the top, but itís pretty challenging. Still easy enough to go up and down in a day, including the arch, but I think that is the wrong way to do it. To really embrace the experience you want to watch the Sunset over the arch, and to do that, you should ideally overnight one night on top.

    the beauty of the Cederberg this time of year is very little chance of rain, and reasonable overnight temps, so you really only need a sleeping bag.

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    Hiking in the Cederberg was one of my favourite activities when I still lived in SA.

    Attached, is a trip report (in Afrikaans) dating from a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPiet View Post
    Officially the route to the arch is still closed to allow the vegetation to recover after the fires in 2016. Realistically I think itís a bit of an overkill.

    as the OP mentioned, it is only a 5.5km hike up to the top, but itís pretty challenging. Still easy enough to go up and down in a day, including the arch, but I think that is the wrong way to do it. To really embrace the experience you want to watch the Sunset over the arch, and to do that, you should ideally overnight one night on top.

    the beauty of the Cederberg this time of year is very little chance of rain, and reasonable overnight temps, so you really only need a sleeping bag.
    Thatís something to consider. A night at the Arch with an opportunity to do a star trail!

    Anyone done this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPiet View Post
    Officially the route to the arch is still closed to allow the vegetation to recover after the fires in 2016. Realistically I think itís a bit of an overkill.

    as the OP mentioned, it is only a 5.5km hike up to the top, but itís pretty challenging. Still easy enough to go up and down in a day, including the arch, but I think that is the wrong way to do it. To really embrace the experience you want to watch the Sunset over the arch, and to do that, you should ideally overnight one night on top.

    the beauty of the Cederberg this time of year is very little chance of rain, and reasonable overnight temps, so you really only need a sleeping bag.
    RPiet the route to the Arch has recently been opened. It must have been in the last month or two, as I was there in June and at that stage it was still a no no.

    About three years ago, I bunked work for 2 days, hiked up from Driehoek, spent the night at the Arch and took hundreds of time lapse photos of the stars and the effect of the rotating earth.

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    Thanks Merwe. Was also on the same route on the same day as you. Looks like we were a little bit ahead of you.

    Did the route with my wife and 11 yr old daughter, was her first "proper" hike. She thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm super chuffed with her, didn't complain once. Went up at 08:40 and were back at the Sanddrif campsite just before 3pm.

    Only complaint I have is that the route is not well marked and we went off course a few times. So there are actually too many paths at the moment imho, but some just fade away and then you must turn around. I feel if it's demarcated better then the impact on the vegetation/mountain should be less.

    It's a very popular route and although I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely do it again, I expected slightly more in terms of guidance, especially at the top - narrow crack vs wide crack option.

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    It is good to hear that you are getting the kids involved. I took both my future children in law up the Wolfberg before they married into the family. Fortunately both passed the test. Now I am waiting for the grandchildren to be old enough to join me.

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    ja maandag was 'n mooi dag in die cederberge en ons het by jamaka gekamp,en sondag het ons by sandrif 'n draai loop maak na 'n uitstappie na truitjieskraal

    by truitjieskraal kan jy die maltese kruis sien in die verte ,was al daar en 'n moet vir alle stappers om dit te beleef,

    ons het so 'n paar jaar terug die pad opgeloop cracks toe, maar kon nie oorkruip verder nie ,dis nou op die bopunt, is daar 'n bypass bo of nie,,toe vermaak die rotsklimmers ons en stap toe terug .

    maar op die wuppertal pad vat ons 'n afdraai wat staan die boog en kom by 'n parkeerplek en ons begin te stap en toe stap ons die arch raak, wat 'n gesig .

    die arch gaan ons nog doen ,maar met my 2 seuns, swambo trek nou gesigte vir my ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alberto View Post

    maar op die wuppertal pad vat ons 'n afdraai wat staan die boog en kom by 'n parkeerplek en ons begin te stap en toe stap ons die arch raak, wat 'n gesig .

    die arch gaan ons nog doen ,maar met my 2 seuns, swambo trek nou gesigte vir my ..
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    dis hy daai ,daar is 'n klein bordjie wat die afdraai wys ,, die paadjie op loop zig zag ,maar beslis makliker ,en jy kom aan die regte kant van die arch uit .

    ons het dit nie beplan om dit te doen nie ,net uit nuuskierigheid ,dit was in september en selfs sneeu daar gekry aan die koel kante ,water ook ,maar vat saam .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alberto View Post
    dis hy daai ,daar is 'n klein bordjie wat die afdraai wys ,, die paadjie op loop zig zag ,maar beslis makliker ,en jy kom aan die regte kant van die arch uit .

    ons het dit nie beplan om dit te doen nie ,net uit nuuskierigheid ,dit was in september en selfs sneeu daar gekry aan die koel kante ,water ook ,maar vat saam .
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    Indien iemand belang stel, ek het my GPS tracks (in .gdb formaat) vanaf die parkering via die Cracks en die Arch tot by die Kliphuis kampplek.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillieSo View Post
    Indien iemand belang stel, ek het my GPS tracks (in .gdb formaat) vanaf die parkering via die Cracks en die Arch tot by die Kliphuis kampplek.
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    Aangeheg... hoop jy kry gelees.
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    Hierdie staproetes is volledig gekarteer op Tracks4Africa se GPS kaarte.

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