Waterkloof Hack, Ladismith | 16-17 March

2024-04-02T15:40:34+02:00April 2nd, 2024|Meet Reports|

The invasive alien tree Hakea sericea remains an ominous threat to the Klein Swartberg Mountains. As a small part of bigger coordinated effort to control hakea in these beautiful mountains, Hugh Sussen and I headed up the Waterkloof valley on Saturday morning, 16 March. We didn’t let the disappointment of only being two in number [...]

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Blombos to Still Bay | 9-10 March

2024-03-22T08:52:35+02:00March 22nd, 2024|Meet Reports|

I have been living in Stilbaai for almost 7 years now, also operating a slackpacking trail along the coast. So it was about time that I invited our Section’s members to come this way and see some of the beauty and variety along this stretch of our coast. Twenty-one people attended this meet, spending two [...]

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Groeneweide Forest and Silver R Pools | 4 February

2024-02-12T11:04:49+02:00February 12th, 2024|Meet Reports|

L-R: Jacquie Kennedy**, Craig Bax, Annette van Wyk**, Janet Moore, Erica Davies, Kim Gaskell, Tim Gaskell, Janine Smith, Linda Bisset**, Ettienne and Santie de Villiers, Cheryl Devine, Greg Devine, Lyle Ownhouse**. Photo by Tony Bowen – meet leader. (**Temporary members and guests). The party of 15 comprised a balanced mixture of “old” members, “fairly new [...]

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Carry on up the Kaaimans | 20 January

2024-01-23T10:05:09+02:00January 23rd, 2024|Meet Reports|

Anyone who was even half-conscious in the early sixties, and not living in a cave, has at least heard of, if not seen, the “Carry-on …..” series of movies. There was Carry on Doctor, Carry on Nurse and so on, a farcical collection, culminating in “Carry on up the Khyber” which would have been high [...]

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Cockscomb | 7 December

2023-12-14T06:56:53+02:00December 14th, 2023|Meet Reports|

Cockscomb mountain in the Groot Winterhoek range of the Easten Cape has a rich historic drape that envelops its shoulders, not unlike the frequent cloud and mist that swirls around its summit as exhibited on Wednesday evening when we arrived at Pinnacle Cottage, our appropriately named base camp. Its rich historical tapestry mainly concerns its [...]

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MCSA South Cape Section – Christmas Braai | 2 December

2023-12-09T15:49:41+02:00December 9th, 2023|Meet Reports|

On Saturday, the 2nd December 2023 the South Cape Section held their annual Christmas function. This time it was slightly different as we chose to camp and braai at Swartvlei Campsite. The weather looked a little uncertain a few days ahead of time, but when the day arrived in was a mild, pleasant day. 17 [...]

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Twaalfuurkop | 18 November

2023-12-07T12:51:17+02:00December 7th, 2023|Meet Reports|

A Time Traverse in the Mighty Marloth Nature Reserve. This weekend’s hike was all about time, which for the seasoned mountaineer is an unavoidable factor that governs many plans and often creates the division between success and failure. On Saturday another and somewhat different dimension of time was explored. The first rays of a beautiful [...]

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Hex River Mountains hike | 10 to 12 November

2023-12-07T12:42:55+02:00December 7th, 2023|Meet Reports|

Near De Doorns, in the Hex River valley, with the outspread vineyards towards the north, one can see the majestic peaks of the Hex Mountains – and iconic peaks like Milner Peak, Buffels Dome and Buffelshoek Peak. I wanted to hike into that valley to appreciate the grandeur of those high peaks and the massive [...]

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Lawnwood Forest Hike | 5 November

2023-11-10T12:13:24+02:00November 10th, 2023|Meet Reports|

Ten happy members gathered on a perfect spring day to enjoy the hike through the dense forest on the southern slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains in the Goudveld region. From L to R: Jude Cobern, Nelia Parma, Anne MacGregor, Sandy Louw, Brian Cobern, Karin van Niekerk, Janet Moore, Dave van Wyk, Stuart Neill, with pic [...]

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Cape Dune Molerat trail | 15 October

2023-10-24T14:35:05+02:00October 24th, 2023|Meet Reports|

Dave Van Wyk, Alex De La Rouviere, Karin Van Niekerk and Jude Cobern (leader) The Cape Dune Molerat trail is a hidden gem in the Rondevlei valley. An easy circular walk that we started from the Swartvlei end and proceeded up the hill back towards the parks board offices along the sand dune ridge through [...]

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