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

Sat 10 June

BLOMBOS MODIFIED CIRCULAR – Grade: 2H 

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

The hike will start at the Platbank beach parking site, and as the tide is favourable, proceed along the beach towards Goukamma. The distance is about 15 km. After leaving the beach, the trail winds through the dunes, with some mature Milkwood forest. There are some fairly steep ascents, but no points where anything other than simple walking is required.
On a fine day there are good views of the coast from the Goukamma to Gericke’s point and beyond. The Outeniquas and the lakes near Sedgefield and beyond make a good backdrop.
Meet at the Shell garage near the only traffic light in Sedgefield at 08H00. Alternate meeting points will be arranged once participants are known.

Fri 16 – Sun 18 June

KAMMANASSIE – Grade: 2+H

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

Due to the drought, the Rooiberg Traverse, originally planned for this weekend seems not to be possible as water will not be available. An alternative is scheduled, over the same weekend, in the north-eastern area of the Kammanassie mountain range. There is a deep kloof running in from Hoekplaas, leading to the northern slopes of Mannetjiesberg. This hike will be more demanding than the Rooiberg one: grading up from 2H to 2+H. It is largely unexplored territory with no paths and might present some surprises and challenges….. The kloof will be spectacular, but might be rough with a lot of boulder hopping. We will see how far we can get. Then up towards the higher parts where there should still be water, where we will camp for two nights. Mannetjiesberg (1956 m) is within reach from there (700 m climb), but the preferred alternative will be another unnamed peak (1837 m) on the edge of the deepest gorge in the Kammanassie: the Buffelsklip gorge (900 m deep). The hike will form a circular route.

Please notify Derek Odendaal at 076 292 2866 if you are interested in this alternative. The group will meet on the Friday morning. For further details on meeting venue, timing, transport arrangements and hike logistics, contact Derek on his cell or email.

Sun 2 July

KRANSBERG SADDLE HIKE –  Grade: 2M

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

The hike starts from the student housing at the Saasveld NMMU campus. We will walk along a jeep track up towards the Tierkop Hut. A short distance before the hut we break out onto a scenically stunning footpath which winds up to the hut. From there we continue our ascent along a good footpath through the thick and colourful fynbos to eventually reach a small fern forest. Soon after we ascend to the saddle situated to the west of Kransberg. This will be our midday break. The panorama of the mighty Cradock Peak and the surrounding Outeniquas are amongst the best! Return trip along same path. Grade 2M – uphill all the way to reach the saddle!! Followed by downhill all the way back. Hike duration: at least 6+ hours actual walking time, so allow 7+ hours. Distance about 16 km and an assent of …….? To bring: Bring water, packed lunch and warm weather gear. Owing to the high altitude it will be a lot colder on top of the saddle. Meet 08h15 am at main gate of NM University, Saasveld Campus. Note: Any hiker wishing to join the outing, but only wanting to do a shorter version, can join in as far as Tierkop Hut. At the hut you can return, or choose a more adventurous option – i.e. to climb the small Tierkop Peak and then return from there. This trip is about 9k m and will take about half the time.

Sat 8 July

BEERVLEI HUT TO HOOGEKRAAL RIVER RETURN – Grade: 2H

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

This hike is 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, hand holds 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 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 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: tba

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

Details to follow

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.

Fri 27 to Sun 29 October

ELANDSRIVER AND BLOUBAAI COAST – Grade: 3M & 3M

Fred van Berkel   072 112 6507     fn.vanberkel@gmail.com
Both trails are similar in character to the coastal section of the Harkerville 2-day Coastal hike before the chains and hand-holds were bolted in. Be prepared for some boulder hopping and scrambling. This is a stunning section of rugged coastline with a few swim holes.
Meet at the turn-off from the R102 to Andries le Roux’s farm on Friday, 16h00 and set up camp: (14.6 km east of the Storms River village turnoff from the N2, turn south onto the R102 and drive 7.1 km to Andries’ turn-off).
Sat 28 October: Hike the 6 km Elandsrivier coastal trail: 4 to 5 hours walking, boulder hopping and some scrambling with about 250 m ascent and descent.

Sun 29 October: Walk the Bloubaai coastal trail (7 km, 300 m ascent and descent, about 3½ hours). Return home. More detail about the on-site tented accommodation to follow.