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 2018 

Sat 8 September – rescheduled to 15 September due to inclement weather!

Sat 15 September

UNNAMED PEAK IN THE ATTAKWASKLOOF NATURE RESERVE – Grade: 3H
FYNBOS RAMBLE ACROSS PERDEKOP – Grade: 1M

Greg Moore           044 695 3176         gregmoore@mweb.co.za    Whatsapp  083 299 8681
Janet Moore

Grade 3H: After two recces, it seems that Fouriesberg and back in one day is too ambitious, without further exploration, so the hike is going to be scaled back to something more achievable. Of the two peaks in the Attakwaskloof, the highest has been climbed before on a club meet. We will therefore climb the other peak and then explore the possibility of a ridge walk across to the right peak, if conditions are suitable.
Start time 08h00. Expected duration: 8 hours.

Grade 1M: For the more social hikers, Janet will lead a relaxed hike across the top of the farm through the fynbos that burnt about ten years ago which should look magnificent in the spring colours. Expected duration: 4 hours.

For those wishing to stay over on the Friday and/or the Saturday, there is plenty of accommodation and a braai after the hike on the Saturday.

SWELLENDAM TRAIL – Grade: 2H –Rescheduled to April 2019 due to trail huts being renewed!

Karin van Niekerk     082 956 2422 karinvn@telkomsa.net

Sat 22 September

SPRING DAY BEACH WALK and BRAAI – Grade: 2M

Dave & Fay Jones            044 343 1407     daveandfay@gmail.com

Welcome in Spring 2018 with an interesting beach walk from Swartvlei beach via the oyster beds to Kleinkrantz and then over intervening dunes to the George Lakes Yacht Club for a lunchtime braai.

Dave will lead the 15 km hike which will be at low spring tide but along a rough beach at times with rocky patches and then through dune scrub to get to the Yacht Club. Stout beach shoes will be needed and there is no water on the route. There are opportunities for sea bathing en route or in Island Lake at the finish.

Fay will operate a back-up vehicle to carry hiker’s braai meat, beer and the like to the Yacht Club and will welcome the company of other non-walking partners. Or they can join up for the braai only at the club.

While the braai fires (wood provided) are burning down, a back-up vehicle will take drivers back to Sedgefield to collect cars.

Meet at the Farmers’ Market for breakfast and departure at 09h00 to the hiking start point at the Swartvlei car-park (usually safe for cars on a Saturday with an informal car guard on duty). Cars can also be left at the Farmers’/Craft Market where parking is safe or else at the Jones home (off-street).

Fay can provide storage and transport to the Yacht Club for any market shopping in her back-up vehicle, but please make sure Dave/Fay know who to look out for at the Farmers’ Market by phone or email not later than Friday evening as it is pretty hectic at the market around 09h00!

Sat 29 – Sun 30 September

ELANDSBERG, LADISMITH – Grade: 2+M

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

This meet comprises two hikes. On Saturday we hike the Liggie Trail, a very rewarding 12 km hike up and down the slopes of Elandsberg. We will also visit a remarkable rock art site high on the mountain. It is a panel of 22 very large male figures, painted as ostrich men in hues of red, orange, yellow, purple and white.

On Sunday, we will explore Waterkloof, just to the east of Elandsberg. It might get wet in there, it is unknown territory. The group will sleep somewhere in or near Ladismith on Saturday night. A suitable place is still under investigation. Please contact the leader before end of August.

We meet on Saturday morning at 08h00 in Ladismith at the Total garage near the old white church.

Thu 4 – Sun 7 October

COCKSCOMB FROM THE SOUTH – Grade: 3H

Greg Devine & Werner Illenberger – 044 871 4755 or 083 378 2587       devinemachines@gmail.com

The last few times that we have done Cockscomb has been from the north, but this time we will take the route from the south, which is reputed to be a bit harder but much more interesting. We will probably get Werner Illenberger from EP Section to guide us. At least one night will be spent in the top cave. More details to follow if there is sufficient interest.

Sun 14 October

CRADOCK PEAK (1 579 m) & GEORGE PEAK (1 337m) – Grade: 3H

Stewart Stiles    044 874 6208 or 082 552 2653    sstiles0@gmail.com

We meet at Witfontein Forest Station at 07h00 to start hiking the Cradock and George Peak Trail. This hike will take the whole day (estimated time back at cars at Witfontein 16h00 to 17h00) so an early start is essential. The route is out and back summiting BOTH Cradock Peak first and then George Peak on the way back and covers about 23 kilometres. Elevation gain 1330 meters. There is very little water on the hike, so you must bring enough for the day. It can get cold and windy on the top so all-weather gear is a must. To reach Cradock Peak there is a small section of scrambling that must be done – this is the Grade 3 section (George Peak grade is 2+H). We walk on a well-trodden path all the way. It is a long way and is quite strenuous, so a good degree of fitness is required.

Fri 19 – Sun 21 Oct

WILLOWMORE WEEKEND –  Grades: 1L to 2+M

Chris Leggatt          083 628 8547          chrisleggatt@live.com

Chris Leggatt invites you to join his celebration of his 30 years of MCSA membership at this magnificent secluded private mountain farm in the last valley before the Great Karoo. The plan is to summit an unnamed peak on Saturday
(Grade 2+). Flatter walks (Grade 1) and mountain biking also possible. Camping next to a rudimentary cottage. Rooftop tents welcome. We will have the use of the cottage for kitchen and toilet, etc. High-clearance vehicles are recommended.

There will be a fee of R 50 per person for the weekend to cover expenses at the farm:
gas, wood, petrol for generator, cleaning staff etc.

Saturday 27 October

MODIFIED BRENTON ON SEA – Grade 2+M

Hanna Edge              044 381 0014 or 082 492 0405              hanitadut@gmail.com

It is low tide at 10:47 am, and as it is only a few days after Full Moon we should have a good beach. Meet at the Nautical South Restaurant at Brenton on Sea at 9:00 where there is lots of parking: this is the little restaurant before one gets to the hotel, not at the hotel itself. We will start hiking at 9:30. To avoid the dangerous bits of path we will amend the route a bit. We will walk back up the hill, turn right into Steenbras Street and then descend to the beach below Steenbras Street. From there we will follow the fisherman’s path along the seashore to the Die Blokke beach, where we will climb back out from the beach, go over the top of the hill and descend back down into another small beach. From here we will continue along the coast until we reach the steps leading up to the Hofmeyr property, where we will climb back up to the top and will follow a dirt road back to Brenton on Sea. We will stop off at the cell phone towers at the top of the Brenton Hill, from where there are wonderful views of the Knysna lagoon, Leisure Island and the Outeniqua Mountains behind. We will then follow the road back to Brenton on Sea where we can have refreshments at the Nautical South Restaurant. The whole hike should not take more than about 4 hours. I might change the route depending on the condition of the paths. Bring snacks, water, binocs: we might be lucky and see some whales!

Sat 3 – Sun 4 November

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 10 November

FISANTEHOEK CIRCULAR – Grade: 2M

Gonny Houtsma                  076 076 3553              gonny.houtsma@gmail.com

The walk starts just outside the Fisantehoek hut on the Outeniqua trail. We hike in the direction of Garden of Eden, turning off on the Petrus-se-Brand cycling route: be aware of cyclists! After about 1,5 km on the cycling route, we hit a dirt road, that leads back to the cars. Total distance a bit over 10 km, a relatively easy walk, although we have to go fairly steep down to a stream and up again. This walk is mainly through indigenous forest.

Meeting point: Shell garage in Sedgefield at 08h00 or at the corner at the hut at about 09h00. There is limited parking, so please share cars as much as possible.

Sat 17 – Wed 21 Nov

KLEIN SWARTBERG TRAVERSE – BUFFELSPOORT TO SEWEWEEKSPOORT PEAK – Grade: 3H

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

We will do the high traverse of the Klein Swartberg all the way from Buffelspoort, to the west of Towerkop, past Towerkop and on to Seweweekspoort Peak and down. This will require four nights out and possibly a fifth, if we stay over at the start. We need to leave vehicles at the end. The first night on the mountain will be near Towerkop somewhere, the following nights at Towerkop (Nel’s Cave), Skull Cave and Cola’s Cave on Seweweekspoort Peak.

This is quite a tough hike over rough country, with no trail on the ridge-line and no water during the day. There should however be water at the night spots. The weather should be benign but quite cold at night high up. We need clear weather for navigation, so a week’s postponement is possible in the case of a cold-front.

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