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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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Ebb and Flow | 27 February 2022

2022-03-18T10:09:25+02:00March 18th, 2022|Meet Reports|

Only a few brave souls decided to do the easiest mountain club outing on the hottest day .Four of us got together and had a fabulous day in the forest and river. I was accompanied by, Ulrike Baldzuhn, Bruno Baldzuhn and a guest David Proctor. We started with a walm up - up the hill [...]

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Beervlei Hut to Hoogekraal River | 19 February 2022

2022-03-14T14:02:00+02:00March 14th, 2022|Meet Reports|

A lucky thirteen of us set off from the Beervlei parking lot at 08h45 on Saturday 19 February. The sun was already hot, and we briskly walked along the road and headed off on the forest path. It would seem that maintenance of this trail is a thing of the past, so climbing over or [...]

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Formosa Hut Weekend | 11-14 February 2022

2022-03-14T13:42:31+02:00March 14th, 2022|Meet Reports|

PARTICIPANTS: Ed and Mimi Shuttleworth, Gary and Sandra Cundill, Janet Moore, Saartjie v d Merwe, Linette Swart, Irmela Kohlsdorf, Gillian Forbes, Maretha Alant and Dave and Fay Jones. The Formosa Hut in the Lottering Forest Reserve is 60 yrs old, having been built by the East Cape Section on forestry land with special permission. It [...]

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Groeneweide to Silver River | 6 February 2022

2022-02-11T12:05:02+02:00February 11th, 2022|Meet Reports|

The Mountaineers with mountain backdrop. L-R: Greg Devine, Gillian Forbes, David Proctor (guest), Mike and Romy Von der Heyde, Werner Frei, Cheryl Devine, Ed Kay-Shuttleworth, Dave Barnes and Mimi Kay-Shuttleworth. I do not profess to be a connoisseur of the Groenweide forest, but I suspect that if there are two ways through this forest there [...]

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