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.

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MEET SCHEDULE FOR 2017

Sunday 6 August

VENSTERBERG –  Grade 2+M

Tony Bowen    044 877 0496 or 071 162 0008   tbowen@telkomsa.net

A peak in the Outeniquas called Vensterberg, since you reach a window at the peak – through which Mosselbay is visible. This is a relatively accessible peak with an amazing view. It involves a bushy fynbos walk from the Sputnik turnoff on the Outeniqua Pass. The hike ascends via an occasional path to a first peak, from which we follow a ridge to reach the Venster Peak. The entire ascent involves occasional scrambling. Meet at 08h30 at the Sputnik turnoff on the Outeniqua Pass road (going towards Oudtshoorn). Length of hike: 6 hours to include breaks. Clothing: the tops of the Outeniquas are cold and windy – please dress appropriately.

Fri 11 to Sun 13 Aug

BUFFELSPOORT WEEKEND – Grades 1 to 2

Cheryl Devine        083 260 5678     cdcheryldevine@gmail.com

Greg and I will be at Buffelspoort farm – just outside Ladismith – at 4 pm on Friday, late comers, we will see you later. The farm has a cottage with a double and two single beds. The cost of the cottage is R 450 a night. Camping is R60 per person per night. Cost of a crate of wood is R 30. Please let me know your preferences and for how many nights. The hike is approximately 16 kilometres long following the river and exiting at the end of the poort where we will have the truck parked at a friendly farmers place. If someone could help us with leaving our truck at the end, it would save us taking two vehicles. Day walkers can walk along the poort and turn back to the farm at any time. There is plenty of road and track if you decide to bring your mountain bike. We plan to have a braai on Friday night. The farm has borehole water only, so bring your own drinking water. If you need directions to Buffelspoort, please let me know.

Fri 25 to Sun 27 Aug

ARANGIESKOP HIKING TRAIL – Grade: 2+H

Greg Devine              044 871 4755 or 083 378 2587  devinemachines@gmail.com

We will make a three-night trip of this so that we don’t have to drive home straight after the long walk down. The drive is about 250 km from George. We will therefore spend the first and third nights at the fully equipped
Dassieshoek cottages at the start. The 10 km walk up to the Arangieskop Hut is quite stiff (1170 m elevation gain) and takes 7 to 8 hours. The hut is very comfortable and has mattresses. The walk down first goes up and over the summit
of Arangieskop and also takes about 7 to 8 hours. Both days are very scenic and enjoyable. This is one of the best trails ever.
We need to book the huts so let me know early. The hike will be Friday to Monday, but if any wage-slaves need to be back at work on Monday, you can skip the last night.

Fri 15 to Sun 17 September

SLEEPING BEAUTY HIKE – Grade: 2M and 2M

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

We will arrive on Friday afternoon 15 September to stay on a private farm (details to follow) near the Korintepoort Dam (Korentepoort Dam). The farm has rustic camping and one cottage which sleeps 4. You can botanise around the farm or explore the gravel by-roads on a mountain bike.

On Saturday, we park our cars at the Ou Tol Hut near the top of Garcia Pass and hike to the peak of the Sleeping Beauty mountain, about 12 km there and back with an ascent of 830 m. This is a super trail through pristine Langeberg fynbos, reaching a saddle from which a path leads to the summit. The trail consists of a good path and the peak is an easy access. Peak height is 1343 m – please wear appropriate clothing – can be cold and windy on the higher levels of these mountains. On Sunday, we will do a hike from the Korintepoort Dam. This hike follows a good path for most of the way, and should be in the region of 10 to 12 km – includes ascent as well as descent. Again, a day of good views, and interesting fynbos to surround us, as well as a swimming possibility.

Sat 23 to Mon 25 September

TOWERKOP – Grade: 2H

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

We will spend 3 days in the Swartberg, hiking up to Towerkop and spending time to explore the area around this iconic peak. We will start walking on Saturday morning on the farm Buffelskloof and follow the footpath up to the shelter halfway up the mountain, some 8 km in distance and 800 m ascent. After spending the night there (it is a small shelter and some will have to carry tents up), we will ascend another 600 m on Sunday (only with day packs and a path for the first bit) to explore the interesting area and crags around Towerkop (2189 m). Some scrambling is optional. Then down again to the shelter for another night. On Monday we will walk down the mountain and might go some way into Buffelskloof if we still feel adventurous.

This will be a less strenuous trip up Towerkop (comparing to a 1300 m ascent to the high cave in one day) to enjoy this beautiful part of the Swartberg in the spring time. But remember there might still be some snow (and cold) up there in September.

We will meet on Saturday at 9 am in Ladismith at the Total garage (next to the white church) and drive further from there. Ordinary cars can manage the road.

Sunday 8 October

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

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

The Glentana beach hike is easy (Grade 2L) and picturesque and is done with the 11h03 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 09h30 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.

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

ELANDSRIVER AND BLOUBAAI COAST – Grade: 3M & 3M – CANCELLED DUE TO THE FIRES!

 

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!