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Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011

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Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011

Brilliant picture on top of Mafadi. You can tell it was “quite” chilly.


UK-based Gilly and Mark had decided to spend their honeymoon in South Africa, Gilly’s mother’s country of origin. Being outdoor enthusiasts they had planned a very active holiday, including some good challenging hiking in the Drakensberg.
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Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011


Day 1 - The long climb up to the Centenary Hut


Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011


We pitched our tents by the Centenary Hut to get some shelter as it usually gets very windy on this spot. The Injisuthi Triplets and the Injisuthi Buttresses after sunrise in the background.


Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011


From the Injisuthi Triplets to Cathkin Peak.


Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011


Gilly eagerly waiting for the first sunbeams of the day to warm up.


Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011


On our way to Judges Pass. Sometimes the contour path is not as flat as the name implies.


Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011

300m from the top of Judges Pass.


Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011


Gilly and Mark enjoying the rest. We would have a 5-minute break every time we gained 100m, a very popular system.


Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011


This picture can give you a very good idea how steep Judges Pass gets sometimes.


Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011


Our second overnight spot, above the Injisuthi Triplets.


Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011


My favourite shelter out of the wind on Mafadi.


Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011


First metres down Leslies Pass. The few patches of snow on top of the pass were iced up, needing some careful negotiation. 


Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011

A fantastic campsite at the bottom of Leslies Pass.


Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011

The Marble Baths Valley. The white sandstone of the Marble Baths clearly visible.


Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011

Marble Baths Cave (The Annex)


Mafadi with Gilly and Mark - July 2011

Bizarre thorny leaves. I had never seen that before.


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