Well, I’d tried to be good this weekend, having just got over tonsillitis but with a hint of a sore throat coming back. So I skipped a walk scheduled for Saturday, which would have meant working from 10pm then walking, in the snow, wind and rain.. Still kept thinking of everyone who got to go during the day, and was a little envious seeing the photos afterwards of them all playing in snow, but it was probably the right thing to do. Sunday I had had no energy to think about planning a walk for myself, so I went along with a club walk to the Clark Cliffs. That was a nice little track, with a fair few different fungi even at this time of the year. But there wasn’t much ‘up’, and I was surprised how much I missed that.. especially because I’d found to my astonishment that I’ve quite enjoyed some of the very ‘average’ peaks out to the east lately, and the things they have to offer.
Anyway, so today, despite the weather, it was off to Jilletts Tier, with a last minute (well, last night really) addition of a friend – always a good thing! So we headed off from Midway Point shortly before 9, and drove up through Bothwell, towards the Great Lake, turning right at the Interlaken road. A few kilometres later there’s a left turn down a very short road, with a spot to park one or two cars on the left just by the gate (probably boggy though after a lot of rain).
The walk now starts here, around the gate, following the road north, then northeast. They’re doing something interesting along the shoreline, as it’s fenced off and there’s been some dumping of clay and boulders. THe road technically runs on the inside side of the fence, but it’s easy enough to follow the fence round, and eventually the road comes back under the fence and you’re on it. It keeps heading northeast, and eventually you have to jump a gate (no signs warning against trespassers here). We headed up here for a bit, until the road starts to peter out, and then we just started climbing, weaving our way through the knee high light scrub, in a easterly direction generally speaking.
We then headed north after having climbed about 100m, along a very nice road! We followed that north until we were just south of east of the first cairn, and probably the southern high point. Then it was more off track, but the going was again quite easy, mostly fern stuff, few trees, and increasing scree as we ascended. We hit the top of the ridge, and just wandered/climbed along the top. We got to the first cairn surprisingly easy, spotted the old fallen down trig, and the survey marker, and wondered if it really was necessary to go another 500m to the northern end, where I had the highpoint marked on my GPS.. a quick check online of the HWC peak baggers list coordinates confirmed that we probably did (though they can be wrong too), and we reluctantly headed off. The walking was very nice and open though, so it wasn’t really that bad. Sure enough, there was another cairn on the high point at that end, and the gps confirmed it was the higher of the two (1063m vs 1076m).
We had a very quick bite to eat, before the cold dictated a return, and off we went, heading down quite a fair bit faster, as we weren’t so wary of ending up in thick scrub. We had a few moments of sun, enough to catch a glimpse of Table Mountain from a clearing/saddle up on top, but by the time we were walking the second road back we had hail, then some snow/sleet.. but the weather was good enough to stop raining for us to get changed :).
It was a good little walk: 3 hrs 20 mins, 10.7 km, approx 380 m ascent, and no nasty scrub!