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Meet Sheet

2020

 Thu 24 to Sun 27 September  – (Fully Booked)

ERDVARK TRAIL, GREAT KAROO – Grade: 2M

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

If you love the Karoo landscape, this one is for you! This interesting trail is in the Nuweveld Mountains between Beaufort West and Fraserburg. Rugged Karoo landscape with many kloofs, kranses, artistic rock formations, panoramic views and Karoo flora. Some sections of the trail are a bit challenging and the terrain is rocky and rather rough. Total distance over 4 days is 52 km. Overnight accommodation is mostly nice and well-equipped (in old farmhouses) and one night in tents they supply.

We will drive there on the Wednesday afternoon and hike from Thursday to Sunday. Distance from George is about 285 km, via De Rust and Prince Albert. Some distances on gravel roads.

The total cost will be R840 per person, which include the trail fee, overnight accommodation and transport to the hut on day 3.

Fri 9 to Sun 11 Oct

KRUISRIVIER AREA, SWARTBERG  – Grade: 2+M

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

This is another exploration hike in the beautiful Swartberg between Calitzdorp and the Swartberg Pass. We start and end our walk at the Kruisrivier Guest Farm.
We meet up on Friday afternoon from 16:00 at the Kruisrivier Guest farm, where we camp for the night. On Saturday morning we hike along a farm road towards the Swartberg for about 4 km and then take on the slopes. Once higher up, we will traverse some distance to the west. At lunchtime, we pitch our tents near a stream and then (without packs) explore the higher parts of the beautiful and rugged valley going up towards Kangoberg. We enjoy the scenery, look for caves and a possible route up to the top of the Swartberg (see photo). There will be steep slopes and rugged terrain. Later, we return to our tents for the night.
On Sunday we pack up and traverse some distance to the east, exploring the slopes and higher part of the Kruisrivier valley for future routes and overnight spots. On the way down there is a beautiful waterfall. We then follow the same route back to our cars (should be back there by 2 pm). Take along: Tent, long trousers, enough water containers (the water at the camping spot is down in a little ravine).

Sat 24 to Thu 29 October

CEDERBERG MULTI-DAY EXPLORATION – Grade: 2H 

Ed Kay-Shuttleworth           084 737 5882 ekayshuttleworth@gmail.com

Finally, after years of closure, the Cederberg is fully open again so let’s go and explore this exotic landscape! I propose that we drive down to the Cederberg on the Friday and spend the night at the Algeria campsite.

The next morning (Saturday) we will hike to the Crystal Pools campsite (14.5 km) passing and hopefully stopping at the Helsekloof waterfall and the “Organ Pipes” along the way.

On Day 2 (Sunday) we will proceed to Sneeukop Hut where those who wish will drop their packs and climb the final 365 m to Sneeukop peak (1930 m). We will descend and continue to Sleepad Hut where we will camp for the night (13km). Tents must be carried as the huts are not suitable for sleeping in.

On Day 3 (Monday) we will proceed along the flank of Tafelberg to Spout Cave (8.5 km) where we will set up camp and then those wanting adventure (Grade 3?) will ascend the final 150 metres to the summit of Tafelberg (1964 m).

Day 4 (Tuesday) will see us descend the mountains and spend the night at Driehoek campsite (6.5 km) before returning the next day (Wednesday) to Algeria to pick up cars and drive home. The above is a tentative schedule and subject to finetuning closer to the time.

SIMONSKLOOF TO LANGDAM TRAVERSE – LANGEBERG MOUNTAINS – Grade: 2H – POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID

Ed Kay-Shuttleworth        084 737 5882      ekayshuttleworth@gmail.com

Last June (2018) we visited Simonskloof Mountain Retreat (one of the Langeberg’s best kept secrets) and undertook the Gecko Trail (Section A Simonskloof to Nuy). This was mainly downhill all the way so I feel it’s time for a revisit and this time we will head up, in the opposite direction. The proposed route (Gecko Trail Section B) will take us from Simonskloof to Langdam in the Koo valley and we will follow the Langeberg’s main ridge in an easterly direction taking in the summit of Naudesberg (1644 m) on the way. The trail is about 16 kms in length and will take about 6-7 hours. We will travel light with daypacks as we will spend both nights camped under the Oak tree at Simonskloof. There are cottages available, but you will need to reserve well ahead if you prefer that option. For those that don’t want to hike, there are cycling options and various shorter walks that can be done from this property. Monday is a holiday (Freedom Day) and we will undertake a short morning walk on the Monday before driving back home.

Our hike schedule is continually updated, but here is a list of upcoming hikes.

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