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 23 November

JUBILEE CREEK TO HOMTINI-ROOI RIVER CONFLUENCE – Grade: 2M

Dave Barnes    044 343 1478 or 082 269 5705  ittledoo@gmail.com

Meet at the Shell garage near the only traffic light in Sedgefield, to depart 8 am. Note: not the Engen where there is congestion due to the Saturday market.

You will need a wild card or pay an entrance fee to the Millwood area which is boom controlled. Bring swimming gear, as it could be hot, and there is a fine swim spot. The hike begins at the Jubilee Creek picnic site, crosses the river and proceeds along the Outeniqua trail (in reverse) for about 7,5 km to the confluence of the Homtini and Rooi rivers where there is a pleasant swimming spot. It is an easy hike, through magnificent indigenous forest with few and limited bits where a hand hold or two are needed, mainly at the river where we reach the return point. As long as numbers allow it, some of the party can wait at a point short of the confluence. The hike should not take more than six hours including a swim.

There is an option to join in for a bring-and-braai at the Millwood picnic area afterwards.

 

2020

Fri 1 to Sun 3 May

GROENFONTEIN AREA – SWARTBERG – Grade: 2+H

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

Exploration weekend in the Swartberg. Details to follow.

Sat 9 to Thu 14 May

CEDERBERG MULTI-DAY EXPLORATION – Grade: 2H

Ed Kay-Shuttleworth           084 737 5882 ekayshuttleworth@gmail.com

Finally, after years of closure, the Cederberg is fully open again so let’s go and explore this exotic landscape! I propose that we drive down to the Cederberg on the Saturday and spend the night at the Algeria campsite.

The next morning (Sunday) we will hike to the Crystal Pools campsite (14.5 km) passing and hopefully stopping at the Helsekloof waterfall and the “Organ Pipes” along the way.

On Day 2 (Monday) we will proceed to Sneeukop Hut where those who wish will drop their packs and climb the final 365 m to Sneeukop peak (1930 m). We will descend and continue to Sleepad Hut where we will camp for the night (13km). Tents must be carried as the huts are not suitable for sleeping in.

On Day 3 (Tuesday) we will proceed along the flank of Tafelberg to Spout Cave (8.5 km) where we will set up camp and then those wanting adventure (Grade 3?) will ascend the final 150 metres to the summit of Tafelberg (1964 m).

Day 4 (Wednesday) will see us descend the mountains and spend the night at Driehoek campsite (6.5 km) before returning the next day (Thursday) to Algeria to pick up cars and drive home. The above is a tentative schedule and subject to finetuning closer to the time.

Sat 6 to Sun 7 June

GREYTON (RIVIERSONDEREND) – UITKYKKOP – Grade: 3H

Ed Kay-Shuttleworth    084 737 5882 ekayshuttleworth@gmail.com

Normally one visits Greyton to hike the Boesmanskloof hike but for this weekend I propose we tackle a couple of lesser known peaks in the Riviersonderend mountains. After driving down on the Friday, we will spend the night in the Greyton Eco camp (nearby guest house options also available for those who prefer). On Saturday we will climb Uitkykkop which separates Genadendal (The Valley of Grace) from Greyton. At 1463 metres and an ascent of about 1200 metres, this climb will take most of the day (7-8 hours). We will follow a trail until the plateau where it peters out. The last section near the very top is steep and involves a little scrambling. On the Sunday morning we will tackle a lesser known koppie close to Greyton before heading home.

Fri 12 to Tue 16 June

ERDVARK TRAIL, GREAT KAROO – Grade: 2M

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

If you love the Karoo landscape, this one is for you! This interesting trail is in the Nuweveld Mountains between Beaufort West and Fraserburg. Rugged Karoo landscape with many kloofs, kranses, artistic rock formations, panoramic views and Karoo flora. Some sections of the trail are a bit challenging and the terrain is rocky and rather rough. Total distance over 4 days is 52 km. Overnight accommodation is mostly nice and well-equipped (in old farmhouses) and one night in tents they supply.

We will drive there on the Friday afternoon and hike from Saturday to Tuesday. Distance from George is about 285 km, via De Rust and Prince Albert. Some distances on gravel roads.

The total cost will be R840 per person, which include the trail fee, overnight accommodation and transport to the hut on day 3. A deposit of 50% must be paid before 30 November. Interested hikers should contact Derek and pay the deposit of R420 per person before 28 November.

Fri 9 to Sun 11 Oct

TO BE ANNOUNCED – Grade: TBA

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