Long Distance and Tough Hiking in South Africa

“Difficult Roads often lead to beautiful destinations” -Zig Ziglar

“Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.” ― Cindy Ross.

“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” ― Ed Viesturs

“The long distance hiker, a breed set apart, From the likes of the usual pack.
He’ll shoulder his gear, be hittin’ the trail; Long gone, long ‘fore he’ll be back.” ― M.J. Eberhart

“The old school of thought would have you believe that you’d be a fool to take on nature without arming yourself with every conceivable measure of safety and comfort under the sun. But that isn’t what being in nature is all about. Rather, it’s about feeling free, unbounded, shedding the distractions and barriers of our civilization—not bringing them with us.” ― Ryel Kestenbaum

“These are things you should notice anyway. To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here’s where things grow…but of course, without the top you can’t have any sides. It’s the top that defines the sides”
― Robert M. Persig

“I would never have started this trip if I had known how tough it was, but I couldn’t and wouldn’t quit.”  ― Ben Montgomery

“I did it. I said I’d do it and I’ve done it.” ― Ben Montgomery 🙂

Some of the difficult / hard hikes I’ve done have had some pretty spectacular rewards and I am not talking about painful legs and long hours with heavy backpacks 🙂 The views from the top of those long uphill’s, the stunning waterfalls and of course my fellow hikers, all add up to the magic of making a difficult hike, not seem all that difficult!

One of those hikes was the Amatola Trail (6 days, 100kms) and is marketed as “The Toughest Hike in South Africa” and I think it lived up to its title. Will I do it again? I said no when I completed it but who knows… 🙂  Read all about my adventures of the Amatola Trail… 



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