TWICE THE FUN
A WEEKEND TRIP into the park is doable with an early start. Drop your main pack at Wild Dog Creek campsite, load a day pack with snacks, water, a fleece and an outer shell and head back down the hill towards the Solitary Man.
In the mid-1980s, a Vietnam vet built himself an A-frame corrugated iron hut with a rock base overlooking Tiger Lake, north of the campsite. This ‘Solitary Man’ remained there for about 18 months before returning to society.
To reach the hut, drop down from the campsite to the creek and follow it north-east towards its confluence with Fish River. Then turn north-west and follow a track through the pine forest toward George Howes Lake, and then on to Tiger Lake and Solitary Man Hut.
On day two, leave the Wild Dog Creek campsite at dawn and head to Damascus Gate. Scramble to the top of Solomons Throne and then try the West Wall Traverse, following the cliff edge north towards King Davids Peak and its amazing 360-degree views. If there’s time, climb The Temple nearby.
Solitary Man Hut.