Kranshoek Coastal Clean up | 17 September

2022-09-26T13:26:19+02:00September 26th, 2022|Meet Reports|

Our Group: Jude and Brian Cobern, Tim and Kim Gaskell, Ed and Mimi Shuttleworth, Som and Pierre Kruse, Jeremy Lister-James (visitor) and Themba (Sanparks ranger who retrieved piles of plastics) Ten hikers joined this international Coastal clean up event as part of the team of volunteers organised by Sanparks and SANPark honorary rangers. We did [...]

Bergfontein Hack | 10 September

2022-09-26T12:43:08+02:00September 26th, 2022|Meet Reports|

Despite having made good inroads into the hakea infestation of the Bergfontein valley in our well-attended March and June 2021 hacks, there was still plenty more of the aggressive Australian invader, hakea sericea, remaining. Black wattles, although more confined to lower altitude areas, also remain a threat to the valley. So, before 2022 ran out [...]

Skurwekop (in the shadow of Cradock Peak) | 21 August

2022-08-29T11:21:07+02:00August 29th, 2022|Meet Reports|

Approaching George from Sedgefield along the N2, Cradock Peak dominates the skyline and holds court over the lesser masses grouped around it. Together they form a formidable backdrop to the City of George and exude a beckoning call to any self-respecting hiker making his way along the National highway. One of the lesser masses forming [...]

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Uitkykkop, Sonderend Mountains | 6-9 August

2022-08-12T13:49:47+02:00August 12th, 2022|Meet Reports|

A modern-day mission to climb a ‘lookout’ and discover “Grace from Above “. At 1465 metres Uitkykkop (pronounced eightkickkop) ranks as the 273rd highest peak in the Western Cape. I’ve had an inkling for a while now that calling it a mere “kop” was both somewhat demeaning and inaccurate. This weekend has been brewing for [...]

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Doring River Valley Peak extension | 16 July 2022

2022-07-22T15:36:10+02:00July 22nd, 2022|Meet Reports|

As promised the South Cape weather delivered another cracking Winters Day of sunshine and warmth allowing our members to escape into the mountains and explore. Today 6 of us gathered at the usual Waboomskraal parking spot at 0830 and without much delay we were heading up the track to the Cape Nature Doring River Valley [...]

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Van Dalens Peak | 9 July 2022

2022-07-11T11:01:52+02:00July 11th, 2022|Meet Reports|

The weather forecasters couldn’t make their minds up about Sunday’s weather so at short notice this meet was brought forward by 24 hours. The result was a splendid 6 hours roaming the hills above George in wonderful summer temperatures courtesy of the Berg wind blowing in from the North. The highest point of the walk [...]

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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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