Spionkop Ridge (Newman-Avion Traverse)


 

Trip Details
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Summit Elevation (m): 
2,576
Summit Elevation (ft): 
8,453
Elevation Gain (m): 
1600
Round Trip Time: 
10.00
Total Distance (km): 
28.00
Difficulty Notes: 

Long day trip that traverses three peaks - generally easy hiking and scrambling with some route finding.

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Trip Report

After summiting Newman Peak we headed off for Spionkop Ridge. In 2008, Wietse and I had scrambled up Loaf Mountain and were tempted at the time to make the traverse over to Spionkop. At the time we were too tired to bother (and it was very windy too) so we were really hoping to summit this time.

 


[Keith and Anne-Marie descend the summit of Newman Peak on the traverse over to Spionkop Ridge.]


[Looking ahead to Spionkop from the Newman / Spionkop col.]

 

The traverse from Newman to Spionkop went off without a hitch. The biggest 'problem' was that the views were so good that I kept stopping to take pictures! When I got home I had to delete a lot of duplicates. Once again the miracle continued and we managed to have a nice long lunch break on the summit of Spionkop out of the wind and in warm sunshine. There was a stiff breeze but nothing compared to most Waterton trips.

 


[Great colorful view of Spionkop Ridge from the ascent route.]


[Keith and Anne-Marie on the summit of Spionkop.]


[Vern on the summit.]


[The whole group is enjoying a beautiful day!]


[Enjoying a leisure lunch just off the summit out of the cool breeze.]


[Great summit views lookin g west.]


[More views.]


[Avion Ridge.]


[Panorama from the summit of Spionkop. ++]

 

Once we were satisfied with our current views we reluctantly headed down Spionkop and started the long traverse over to Avion Ridge.

 


[The great views and weather continue on our descent.]


[Wietse hikes past interesting rock patterns as we start our traverse to Avion Ridge.]

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