This was first hike that Frank joined the 52 Hikists for. Given that Frank is much more of a cross-fit person than a hikist, we all thought he did very well.
As Alison only brought 5 chocolate muffins for four people for a 5-hour hike, we didn’t do a particularly thorough exploration of Valken Labyrinth, so we didn’t go and find the penny that is apparently embedded in a rock on top of it. We were far more interested in getting back down the mountain as fast as possible to find the perfect pizza.
Elevation Gain: 799
Starting Elevation: 260
Max Elevation: 933
Highlights of the Porcupine Ravine Hike
- The scramble up Porcupine Buttress
- An amble through the Valley of the Red Gods with loads of King Proteas in bud
- Exploring Valken Labyrinth
- Definitely not the long slog back along the Pipe Track (the Pipe Track has been voted out of any future hikes).
After-hike eating: Carlyle’s on Derry for pizza and beer. And then a jolly good nap.