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

MEET SCHEDULE FOR 2017

 

Sat 1 April

HOËBERG FROM THE NORTH – Grade: 2M

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

Hoëberg (1423 m) is the most prominent peak in the Outeniquas when you look north from Sedgefield and the Swartvlei area. It is very difficult to ascend from the southern side, so we will approach it from the north via Molen River. We will meet at 08h00 at the Molenrivier turn-off, which is 44 km from the Krymekaar fruit stall, when driving towards Uniondale/the Langkloof. From here we will drive in as far as we can. We will walk on a jeep track for some distance and then go off-route to reach the summit. Total distance to the summit is about 6 km, and the ascent is close to 800 meters.

Fri 14 – Sun 16 April

KAMMANASSIE: MIDDELPLAAS TO BUFFELSDRIF – Grade: 2+M to 2H

Karin van Niekerk                        082 956 2422                karinvn@telkomsa.net

Day 1 (Friday): Grading: 2H. Start from Middelplaas around 9 am (after leaving a car at Buffelsdrif). Hike along a jeep track until we get to Bakneskloof and a river. Depending on the amount the track has washed away, it may be very rocky underfoot. The strenuousness factor is high (17 km, full pack + tent or bivvy). Camp for the night (tents a good idea as it gets very cold next to the river at night)
Day 2 (Saturday): Grade: 2H Hike from Bakneskloof to the foot of Kammanassie peak along a jeep track, mainly along the contour. Greg Devine describes the scenery as amongst the most beautiful he has ever hiked through. We camp in the neck below the peak. The nearest water is about 1 km away. Distance approximately 15 km. Grade: 2H, with an overnight pack, mostly along the contour to the neck below peak.
Day 3 (Sunday): Grade: 2+M. Climb Kammanassie peak from the camp (optional). Steep ascent (about one and a half hours to the top). Hike down to the car/s at Buffelsdrif (around 10 km downhill: 2-3 hours). Fetch rest of cars at Middelplaas and return home, probably in the late afternoon. Grade: 2+M.

Sat 22 April

ATTAKWASKLOOF FROM ROBINSON PASS – Grade: 2H

Greg Moore     044 695 3176 or 021 531 0953 gregmoore@mweb.co.za
Cell 083 656 6190 (no cell contact at farm)

The Attakwaskloof Trail from Robinson Pass to the hut is 17.2 km and described by Cape Nature as strenuous.
Part of the trail follows indistinct paths through fynbos-covered slopes. This hike should not be attempted in bad visibility or hot weather. Greg offers the not so fleet of foot a half trail of about 8 km if there is an interest. The other half can be done next time. As there are some logistical requirements in extracting members from the half trail and returning members to the start, from the end of the trail, can members contact Greg by the end of March, so he has an indication of numbers?

Thu 27 April – Mon 1 May

WESTERN BAVIAANSKLOOF – Grades: 2M to 3H

Eastern Province Section – Jeff Ferreira 083 780 6162 and Paul Martin 073 252 4111

We will base camp at Doringkloof and various parties will go out on a range of trips which will include kloofing, climbing and hiking.

Sun 7 May

DORING RIVER CIRCUIT –  Grade: 2M

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

This Hike starts from an apple farm in Waboomskraal following dirt track uphill through farmland to reach the boundary of the Doring Rivier Wilderness area. An amazingly beautiful and unspoilt reserve in the Outeniqua mountains, rich in fynbos and stunning mountain scenery. From the start of the reserve we follow a circular path winding through fynbos recovering from a previous fire, and ascending along a rocky ridge to gain a peak. From here the path descends steeply in places, down to the river. This part of the path in the valley is often somewhat overgrown; however, we soon reach a jeep track which takes us on an easy gradual ascent back to the start of the circuit. There is a good swimming hole along the jeep track.

Distance: about 14 km, with up and downs.

Time: 6 hours including breaks.

Clothing: please wear good footwear – some loose and rocky sections, and warm clothing – it is often cold and gusty on the mountain.

Grade 2M – involves only the odd scramble at the peak itself.

Meet: 8.30 at the Engen filling station (last one on the right at traffic circle as you leave George towards Oudtshoorn on the N12/N9, opposite a Spar/Virgin Active gym. Please note: parking outside the apple farm has become severely restricted . We need to have as few cars there as possible.

Fri 12 to Sun 14 May

KLEIN WINTERHOEK PEAK – Grade: 2M to 4H

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

This is a two-night three-day trip involving a 450 km drive from George. We leave on a Friday and drive via Tulbagh to Fisantbos Farm, where we park and start the walk to the campsite in the gully. The walk is bushy-ish to bush-whacky in places and takes about 4 hours, with full packs. We camp two nights in the gully forest by a small stream. Prepare to be gob-smacked on day two as we climb up steeply past the famous and massively overhanging ‘Oceans of Fear’ wall to the summit of Klein Winterhoek Peak (1955 m). Views from the summit include all the Boland mountains and the entire ultra-craggy Groot Winterhoek area. On the way down we go out on an overhanging promontory to see the ‘Oceans’ wall from the top. This last bit is optional. It’s safe enough, but it’s not for the fearful.
Grades: 4 hours grade 2M, 11 hours grade 4H and 3.5 hours grade 2M.

Sat 27 May

NATURE’S VALLEY – GROOT RIVER – Grade 2 M

Jane Luck         083 256 0841 dr.luck@global.co.za

Hike from Nature’s valley lagoon, up the Pigs back and down the Groot River, with a good swimming pool as a lunch spot, relatively easy hike, start at 09h00 finish by 16h00 ish.

Sun 4 June

CRADOCK PEAK (1 579 m) and 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 16 – Sun 18 June

ROOIBERG TRAVERSE, KLEIN KAROO – Grade: 2H

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

The Rooiberg Mountains lie to the south of Calitzdorp and Ladismith. The length of this range is about 45 km, with the highest peak at 1490 m. This 3-day hike will start on top of the Rooiberg Pass and we will be walking along the jeep track running towards the west for a day and a half. Then we will get more adventurous and follow the ridges towards the south (no paths) until we can link up with the jeep track running down a ridge to Vanwyksdorp. Tents/bivvy bags must be carried and camping spots will be rough. Water might be scarce on the higher parts, so carry enough containers.
Access to the Rooiberg Nature Reserve is very limited and we will get special permission. This is a good opportunity to see a large part of this relatively unknown mountain area with its deep gorges and rugged cliffs. If this type of hike tickles your fancy, be sure to join in.
Does anybody know someone in Vanwyksdorp? We will need someone to help with the transport of the drivers. Information on when and where the party will meet will be made available later.

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.

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.