Our hike schedule is continually updated, but here is a list of upcoming hikes.

Please contact any committee member or our meets/hike coordinator for details.

Non members of the Mountain Club may only participate in a meet with prior approval of the meet leader. The meet leader may require the visitor to complete a Temporary Membership application which can be downloaded from the “Forms and Constitution” heading on this website. The completed form must be handed to the meet leader before the start of the meet.

Meet attendance confirmation: please let Meet Leaders know of your intention to attend a Meet by not later than two days before the meet, especially if lifts and other transport arrangements need to be made.

Please read the Description of Grades page to familiarise yourself with the new grading system

MEET SCHEDULE FOR 2017

 

Fri 13 to Sun 15 October

ROOIWATERSPRUIT – SLEEPING BEAUTY TRAIL – Grade: 2M

Derek Odendaal        076 292 2866 dodendaal@mweb.co.za

This two-day trail runs through a scenic part of the Langeberg, and October is a good time to see many of the beautiful flowers. The Sleeping Beauty peak (1341 m) can also be climbed. The hike will start on Saturday morning at the Old Toll hut in the Garcia Pass and follow the trail westwards, past the Sleeping Beauty, to the Rooiwaterspruit Hut (16 km). On Sunday we will follow the trail down to the end at Korentepoort Dam (6 km).

The huts are very basic, but Cape Nature is currently busy with refurbishments, so we will see what improvements they bring in. We will meet at the Old Toll hut on Friday at 18:00. More info will be made available later.

 

Sat 21 to Mon 23 October

NARDOUWSBERG – Grade: 2+H

Ed Shuttleworth   084 737 5882   ekayshuttleworth@gmail.com

Located in the Karoo, at 2358 m, this is the second highest peak outside the Drakensberg after Kompasberg. We will stay at Asante Sana private game reserve from where we will start and finish the hike. This is a long (about 8 hours) but not difficult hike and will take most of the day to complete. If there is interest, there is another peak, Skurwekop, which could be tackled as an alternative to Nardouwsberg. This will take 5 to 6 hours.

For those who would like a weekend away but don’t want to hike, why not come and stay at the reserve and either relax and do nothing or explore the reserve and visit the 253-million-year-old footprints of the Dicynodont.

There is a range of accommodation at the reserve ranging in price from R 120 – R 450 per person per night (all self-catering). The reserve is located about an hour east of Graaff-Reinet down a good dirt road.

Please indicate potential interest as soon as possible so I can indicate to the management what accommodation we will be requiring.

 

Fri 27 to Sun 29 October

FORMOSA HUT – GRENADIER’S CAP – Grade: 0 to 3M

Werner Illenberger            083 626 1917 or 041 368 2771        werner.k.i@gmail.com 

Werner and Zeta are proposing a ‘chill’ weekend at Formosa Hut with the following options: laze around the hut, bush-bash up Grenadier’s Cap, or explore for pools where the Elandsbos River runs through the forest – there are some big pools there, we haven’t found them yet!

Saturday 4 November

BEERVLEI HUT TO HOOGEKRAAL RIVER RETURN -Grade 2H

Dave Barnes    044 343 1478 or 082269 5705 ittledoo@gmail.com

This hike originally scheduled for 8 July had to be replaced by a coastal hike at the last minute due to fire danger. It covers the initial part of the first day of the Outeniqua trail. The path passes through some fine indigenous forest. There is a steep descent to the river, and depending on erosion, handholds may be necessary in some places. The distance is 18 km and duration about 7 hours. There is a shorter option to a Hoogekraal tributary, which will reduce the distance by 2.5 km, and avoid the steep section before the Hoogekraal river. This can be offered if requested, and provided there are sufficient hikers interested in this option to form a sub party. The shorter option reduces hiking time by at least an hour.

Meet at the Shell garage near the only traffic light in Sedgefield at 08h00. Alternate meeting points will be arranged once participants are known.

Sunday 19 November

GLENTANA BEACH AND CAVES – Grade 2L or 2+M

Evie Bowen     044 877 0496 or 071 162 0009 eviebowen@telkomsa.net

Glentana beach hike is easy (Grade 2L) and picturesque and is done with the 09h56 low tide in mind.
There is the option of going on to the caves (Grade 2+M) with a very short scramble over rocks. The hike starts at the Glentana car park at 08h30 and heads eastwards along the beach. Much of the early section is on fishermen’s paths along the rocks. After about 2 km one reaches the 1902 dry dock wreck, a favourite spot for oystercatchers. Beyond this lies a short section which requires some ‘easy’ cliff crawling (Grade 2+M) before one reaches the beach near Cape Windlass with its 9 sea caves. Approximate distance is 5 or 6 km, partly on sand, partly on sea cliffs. Special requirements: sun protection, water and a cozzie for the brave. Also lunch if you wish but food can be bought at Glentana at the end. Expected time is 1½ hours each way, plus time to explore caves; about 4 hours in total.

Saturday 25 November

PERDEKOP TO THE REDWOODS RETURN – Grade 1M

Dave Barnes     044 343 1478 or 082269 5705 ittledoo@gmail.com

The hike starts at the Harkerville forest station offices, and meanders through indigenous forest to the giant redwoods, and return. It is on a good path, and is a suitable easy end to the hiking year before the festivities of December. The indolent can gain a little respite from suppressed guilt for not doing sufficient hiking during the year. The distance is about 14 km, and time about 5 hours. Meet at the Shell garage near the only traffic light in Sedgefield at 08h00. Alternate meeting points will be arranged once participants are known.

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