As Paul, the hike leader, had warned, the climb of the Cathedral (Second Ridge Peak) and Banghoek Peak would make for a “lang dag”. And so it proved to be. The MCSA party of fourteen covered 16.5 km and climbed a total of 1790 m over 10.5 hours.
We ascended via the Panorama Trail, contour path and Slabs Route and descended via Bergriviersnek. The Slabs Route is probably the easiest way of reaching the peaks. The route to or from Bergriviersnek, by contrast, features “the Green Mamba”, a precarious grassy gully, and a ledge of slight exposure.
As usual, there was a wide spread of ages in the party, with club legend, Jeanne, the most senior at 70+ years. Now that is something to aim for.
A Google Maps track and photos follow.