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Romanskraal exploration | 10-12 June 2022

2022-06-17T13:35:45+02:00June 17th, 2022|Meet Reports|

This meet was postponed from May to this date because of bad weather in May. The purpose was mainly to familiarise the would-be leaders during the upcoming Minicamp with the different routes in the area. But what would a meet in this lovely area be without exploring a piece of unknown high ground... We were [...]

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Bobbejaansberg | 5 June 2022

2022-06-06T14:38:27+02:00June 6th, 2022|Meet Reports|

Bobbejaansberg (994m) lies on the western boundary of Garden Route National Park, while to its west lies the Bergplaas forestry area. While not regarded as a notable mountaineering peak to climb, it is nevertheless a worthwhile hiking destination, and provides an interesting perspective of the surrounding Outeniqua Mountains. The party “ready to go”: Charles Smith, [...]

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Toringberg (Elandsberg), Klein Swartberg | 22 May 2022

2022-05-25T14:51:32+02:00May 25th, 2022|Meet Reports|

To Eland or not to Eland – or possibly (To) ring or not (To) ring. Those were the questions that surfaced weeks prior to Sunday’s outing and really started to come sharply into focus 7 days prior. The hike came within a whisker of cancellation on both counts, and I think all who took part [...]

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Groot Krakadouw, North Cederberg | 23-28 April 2022

2022-05-04T15:14:36+02:00May 4th, 2022|Meet Reports|

The North Cederberg seems to be slightly less prominently placed on hikers “to do list” than its Central or Southern regions. Perhaps it appears to be further away on the map and hence more out of reach but in fact getting there is comparatively quick and easy as we found last weekend. The Kliphuis campsite [...]

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Swartberg Hike | 15-18 April 2022

2022-04-25T15:39:56+02:00April 25th, 2022|Meet Reports|

We spent four days in the Swartberg camping near the old shelter on the path to Towerkop. Four members participated, Greg Devine, Cheryl Devine, Johann Schwarz and myself Gillian Forbes. The first day we backpacked up to the shelter and set up camp. The second day we set off up the mountain to the first [...]

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Tierkloof Hike | 9 April 2022

2022-04-20T11:31:08+02:00April 20th, 2022|Meet Reports|

The Klein Karoo never stops to surprise you. The Gamkaberg Nature reserve is one of those surprises. From a distance the Gamkaberg doesn't look like a proper mountain. It is almost like the Magaliesberg viewed from the north – not impressive at all. But when you get into it, the deep ravines are just wonderful [...]

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Keurbooms to Natures Valley Coastline | 3 April 2022

2022-04-07T14:34:45+02:00April 7th, 2022|Meet Reports|

Participants: Werner Frei, Gillian Forbes, Stuart Neill, Nelia Parmaklieva and Johann Schwarz The spectacular Garden Route coastline is well known for its pristine beaches and its rugged rocky outcrops. The 10km section from Keurboomstrand to Nature’s Valley is seldom done in its entirety, since there is a section in the middle where the sandy beaches [...]

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Gourits Gorge Van Wyksdorp | 25-27 March 2022

2022-04-06T11:09:07+02:00April 6th, 2022|Meet Reports|

I have often said that one needs two lifetimes just to explore all the mountains in South Africa (left alone the rest of the world). This hike proved that there is always something unknown to explore. I knew about this gorge, eroded by the Gamka and Gourits Rivers, right through the Gamkaberg/Rooiberg in The Klein [...]

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Brenton Beach hike | 19 February 2022

2022-03-22T14:30:27+02:00March 22nd, 2022|Meet Reports|

The 11 intrepid explorers assembled at 8:30 am next to the Nautical South Restaurant at Brenton on Sea. Hanna Edge, Avril Fichardt, Gillian Forbes, Janet Moore and Cheryl Devine with Ed Kay-Shuttleworth behind them, Werner Frei, Wolf Schneider and Greg Devine and Dave Edge in deep conversation. Eugene Fichardt took the photograph (and all the [...]

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Peak Aristata, Klein Swartberg | 11-13 March 2022

2022-03-22T14:31:01+02:00March 22nd, 2022|Meet Reports|

Undertaking a monster peak for the first real hike of the year (real, as measured by the “Mountain Richter” scale) was always going to be a risky venture. At the tail end of Summer in the Klein Swartberg there is a high probability of a “Baptism of Fire” or a “Waterlogged Christening”. 7 days before [...]

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