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

 

2019

Wed 20 – Sun 24 March

BAVIAANSKLOOF – Grade: 2M

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

This long weekend will be spent enjoying some of the surprises and beautiful scenery of the western Baviaanskloof. We will be camping at the Bo-kloof camp site (reachable by ordinary car), from where we will undertake day hikes into the spectacular kloofs of the area and hike up the Baviaanskloof Mountains to get the distant views.

The camping site is large enough for many of us, has a lawn with thorn trees for shade, and a dam for swimming. The ablutions are good, with hot water and electricity, but no power points at the sites. The cost will be R320 per person for the 4 nights. We must pay a 50% deposit by 30 November. Please contact the meet leader.

We meet up at Bo-kloof late afternoon on the Wednesday. This is about 110 km from Uniondale. Attendees must be willing to use their cars to drive to the various day walks during the weekend.

Thu 4 – Sun 7 April (Fully Booked!)

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. We will leave for Swellendam on Thursday 20th of September and stay in a cottage in the Marloth Reserve.

Fri 5 – Sun 7 April

PEAK PLAATS AREA – KLEIN SWARTBERG – Grade: 2+M

Derek Odendaal     076 2922 866 dodendaal@mweb.co.za

We explore some more of the Klein Swartberg near Ladismith. This hike is to the east of Elandsberg, between Peak Plaats (aka Peak Wood) and Steenslang. There is a jeep track leading some distance into the mountains, and then we go off-route further into the upper Hoeko valley, where we will pitch tents. We ascend one of the unnamed peaks (about 1700 masl) on Sunday morning for a stunning view, and then hike back. Distances will not be far, but some of the terrain will be rough.
We meet in Ladismith at the Total Garage on Saturday morning at 8 am and then drive a few kilos to the start of the hike.

Sat 27 – Mon 30 April

BOOSMANSBOS WILDERNESS ALTERNATIVE – Grade 2+H

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

Day 1: Instead of the regular Boosmansbos circuit, we will start from Barrydale and follow the Barrydale Trail until we meet the Loerklip Trail which will take us to the Helderfontein huts which will be our overnight stop.

Day 2: We will summit Grootberg which at 1637 metres is the highest peak in the area. From there we will take an easterly path which is not well trodden and find our way onto and around Horingberg which is the prominent peak visible to the east from near the Helderfontein huts. We will have to make our own camp for the second night but there is a stream on our path that will hopefully provide us with water.

Day 3: We head in a south / south-westerly direction to Grootvadersbosch office where we will have transport to take us back to Barrydale.

As this trail is not well known it is difficult to grade but judging by the terrain this should be grade 2+ with an H due to off-trail wilderness nature and camping requirement.

Sat 11 – Sun 12 May

PILLAARSKOP – RIVIERSONDEREND MOUNTAINS – Grade 2H

Ed Shuttleworth      084 737 5882             ekayshuttleworth@gmail.com

At a height of 1658 metres Pillaarskop dominates the Southern edge of the Riviersonderend mountains and offers what is arguably one of the best hikes in the region. We will start this hike from Esperance Farm on the Southern flank of the mountain at about midday on the Saturday and hike for 4-5 hours before finding a suitable campsite more than half way up the mountain. Hopefully there will be some water nearby, but this is by no means guaranteed! An earlyish rise on the Sunday morning will allow us to reach the summit in a couple of hours with daypacks and then we will return to the bottom by mid-afternoon and head home. There is a faint path, but this trail is not that frequently used so might be somewhat overgrown although there was a fire in 2016.

The total hike is about 16 km (up and down) and vertical ascent is in the region of 1 500 metres. It’s quite a drive so let’s try and combine transport – there is also the Khomeesdrift campsite in the area for those who might want to arrive on the Friday and/or depart on the Monday. Who knows – with eagle eyes and a bit of luck we might get to catch a glimpse of the “Scarlet Pimpernel ” that is known to frequent the region!

Let’s feel the fear and do it anyway!

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.

 

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