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. Visitors are welcome to attend hikes graded less than 3.

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

 

2019

Sat 7 – Wed 11 Sep

KAMMANASSIE GRAND TRAVERSE – Grade: 3H

Greg Devine             083 378 2587           devinemachines@gmail.com

This is a five-day, four-night trip through the best of the Kammanassie range. The walk starts at Vermaakskloof and ends at the farms below Mannetjiesberg. The first and last days are shortish and involve a bit of car ferrying, but the middle three days are quite long and hard. The walk is mostly on an old jeep track, except for day three when we go cross country without a path. The walk takes in Vermaakskloof, the beautiful Bakneskloof, the deep gorge above Buffelsrivier, the huge north-facing kloof, the huge bowling green that is Perdevlakte and the area below Mannetjies.
There is no shelter, so tents must be carried. There is not much water during the days but there is good water at the night-spots. This is an amazing hike through a little-known wilderness area, with great views of all the surrounding mountains.

Sat 21 – Tue 24 Sept

ROMANSKRAAL AREA – LANGEBERG – Grade: 2M or 2+M

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

We had to postpone our planned meet (April 2018) in this lovely area near Albertinia after the area burnt in January 2018. The vegetation should have recovered somewhat by September 2019. After our first visit in March 2016, we realised there is a lot more to explore here. There will be different options during this long weekend, from challenging off-route exploration and ascending one of the local high peaks, to more leisurely hiking on the network of jeep tracks in the valleys.

We will hike in for 6 km and establish a base camp next to a stream (370 masl). The explorers will skip this and hike into an unexplored valley to the west and return to the base camp the next afternoon. On day 3, the explorers will take on Paardeberg and try to get to the summit of the impressive Paardeberg Spitz (1220 m), returning to base camp again. The leisurely hikers can follow their own routes and enjoy the scenery of this area from base camp. On day four, we will hike out via a different route and visit some San paintings.

Romanskraal is about 130 km from George. We will meet up at the Engen garage next to the N2 in Albertinia at 8 am on 21 Sept and drive together to the Langeberg from there.

 

Sun 29 Sep

ATTAKWASBERG RIDGE (1175 M) – Grade: 2+H

Greg Moore         044 695 3176 or WhatsApp 083 656 6190           gregmoore@mweb.co.za

The Attakwasberg at 1175 m, presides over the Attakwaskloof Nature Reserve. The club visited this peak in May this year. Those that bagged the peak, agreed that it was well worth another visit soon.

There is a path halfway, the Attakwaskloof Trail, after that we follow the ridge from false peak to false peak! The vegetation burnt in Jan 2018 and the Technical Difficulty grade is thus only 2+ but the Strenuousness rating is H on three counts: the amount of off-path recce necessary, the expected distance of 16 km and the elevation gain of 960 m.

Meet at Paardekop farm at 07h30 on Sunday 29th September 2019. I anticipate the duration to be about five hours, so there will be ample time to braai afterwards. Those that want to stay over are welcome. Note: The Moore’s are overseas until 20th September so an early expression of interest is appreciated as communication with Greg will be patchy until the 20th.

We have eight people interested already, all of whom will be staying over. The two cottages will be filled on a first come basis, but there is plenty of space in the big workshop / barn, which has a toilet, and plenty of room for  camping. Failing that, there is a holiday farm next door where one can rent accommodation.

Fri 4 to Sun 6 October

KRUISRIVIER – KANGOBERG, GROOT-SWARTBERG – Grade: 2+M or 1M

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

Another “Derek Special” – this time exploring an unknown part of the Swartberg in the Kruisrivier area (between the Swartberg Pass and Calitzdorp). This is one of the most scenic areas of the Swartberg. There is also an easy option, just exploring the lower valleys via day walks. The backpacking route will start near Kruisrivier, head up the Kruis River valley, then ascend the southern slopes of the Swartberg up to the wide terrace almost halfway up the mountain. We will then traverse to the west at a height of between 1000 and 1100 m, with Kangoberg towering above us at 2022 m, and make camp near the Goegamma ravine.

The next day we go further west for a few km and start descending the mountain again before the next deep valley, going down to Groenfontein and ending the hike at the main road. The distances will not be more than 10 km per day, but the terrain might be a bit bushy, with two deep ravines to cross (read adventure).

On Friday night we will camp at Kruisrivier Guest farm (where the day walkers can also spend Saturday night). From there you can explore two lovely valleys and ravines, along some farm roads and paths. The cost for camping is R150 pp per night. We meet up at Kruisrivier Guest farm on the Friday afternoon.

Mon 14 – Fri 18 October

SWELLENDAM HIKING TRAIL – Grade: 2H (Fully booked)

Karin van Niekerk                   082 956 2422                         karinvn@telkomsa.net

This 5-day and 4-night trail has been opened again for hikers. It is situated above Swellendam in the Marloth Nature reserve in the Langeberg mountain range. It traverses through fynbos and into isolated valleys with streams and indigenous forests. The trail follows a circular route over 5 days. It is described as one of the most beautiful in the Western Cape. The hike covers 58 km and is strenuous. Final arrangements will be communicated to participants by Karen.

Fri 25 to Sun 27 Oct

KLEIN SWARTBERG BACKPACKING – TOWERKOP LOWER SHELTER – Grade: 2M & 3H

Evie Bowen     071 162 0009            eviebowen24@gmail.com

Evie’s subtitle to this weekend is: Towerkop lower shelter – the tin one!

Grade 2M to reach the camping shelter and grade 3H to traverse around the foot of Towerkop Cave.
Unlimited numbers! For this weekend (2 nights out) we will start on Friday, spend the first afternoon backpacking (allow 5 1/2 hours) to the shelter in the Towerkop Reserve – about 8 km and an ascent of 800 m. Very limited sleeping space in the shelter – so you may have to carry your tent. This makes for a pleasant camp area from which we can do day trips. Fresh water is available in the nearby river. On Saturday we do a day trip ascending a further 600 m to reach the Towerkop cave and explore a portion of the traverse. This will involve some scrambling.

As an alternative, hikers can explore the area around the camp, or laze in the delightful river nearby. On Sunday, we can undertake some further exploring, before heading off down along the same trail to reach our cars. There is a good trail to the Camp area shelter, and a less distinct trail with some scrambling near the top, before you reach the Towerkop cave. You will be camping at altitude – please bring appropriate warm clothing and warm sleeping bags.

Further details will follow. Provisionally we will meet mid-morning, or earlier on Friday in the Ladismith area, drive to where we park our cars on Buffelskloof farm. Return on Sunday afternoon.

 

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