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June 2019

Du Toitskop Mount Rochelle Nature Reserve, Franschoek mountains

22 June 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Du Toitskop via the Manganese route with spectacular views. Moderate difficulty, 13km, 5 hours. Permit R50 pp.

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August 2019

Ganzekraal West Coast

10 August 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Stap vanaf Ganzekraal na Bokbaai en terug langs die kus. Mooi historiese huis by Ganzekraal en pragtige uitsig na Tafelberg. Ongeveer 5ure.

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Stories van Bainskloof 1A

17 August 2019 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Ons kan mekaar so 8h30 bo by Eerste Tol by die leertjie waar die Happy Valley voetpad begin ontmoet waar ons die motors kan los. (draai regs in by die eerste straat agter die Lutherse Kerk se huis ). Die paadjie sluit aan by die pas wat na Happy Valley toe lei…

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January 2020

Hawequa Foothills (2B)

18 January

Hike in the Hawequa foothills to the mirror of Wellington, (Franse Ferreira memorial), then up to Seven Echos, back to Scouts via the shelter.    End with  swimming at the  Scouts. 5 to 6 hours, 600m,  sections are off path.Nardus Cronle  ncwpbr@gmail.com 0823478556Kelvin Rivett  kelvinrivett@gmail.com  0825507598 Elsie Oetle elsieoettle@gmail.com   0837379990

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Paarlberg Hike (2A)

25 January

Kom stap saam met Shannon van Breda op Paarlberg.Shannon van Breda will be doing a circuit on Paarl Mountain. Please contact Shannon on 072 642 1150 or svanbreda@vodamail.co.za

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February 2020

Table Mountain – Valken Labyrinth & Tranquility Cracks (2B)

1 February

Join us to explore some beautiful rock formations of on the Atlantic side of Table Mountain.Contact the leader Gaye Hosking at gayehosking@gmail.com

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Cascades – Du Toitskloof (3C)

8 February @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cape Nature Fee without Wild Card - R50

Cascades is a classic C grade scramble, and a pleasant summer route with scenic rock pools and waterfalls. The route follows a series of cascading waterfalls up the northern side of Du Toitskloof ending at our section's Kromrivier hut. The route offers lots of swimming, none mandatory. Please note that…

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Annual Memorial Service

23 February @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Annual Memorial Service will be held at Maclear’s Beacon at 12:00pm on Sunday 23 February. We remember MCSA members nationwide who have died during the past year. Organise a group of friends, bring your lunch, and get there via your favourite route. Note: This meet is not section specific…

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March 2020

Dagstap – Kasteelberg

15 March

Day hike on Kasteelsberg Ons begin bo-op die Bothmapas en stap dan rif-langs vir omtrent 2/3des van die rif. Afstand is so 10 km. Kontak leier Frans Slabber @ byeboer@gmail.com om saam te gaan.

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Bainskloof Recce hike & hike from Fisantekuil / Scouts Adventure Centre

21 March

Hiking and boulder hopping along the Witrivier, in the Happy Valley. Hike starts in Bain's kloof, 1ste Tol. Leader: Elsie Oettle (elsieoettle@gmail.com) Note that this hike was changed from a weekend hike to a day hike.

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Meets Grading

The club uses a grading system (given in brackets after the hike name) to make it easier for club members to know what expect from an outing. An outing’s grade consists of two factors that can be used to establish a outing’s difficulty – a number and a letter (e.g. 1A, 3B, 1C etc.).

The number represents the physical exertion of the outing, i.e. how physically fit you need to be to participate. This is normally a combination of distance covered and height gain (i.e how much elevation you will climb through). A low number means short distances and relatively flat walks, a high number means long walks / runs or outings that involve long and continuous ascents like climbing high peaks.

The letter represents the technical difficulty of the terrain and obstacles, i.e. how capable a scrambler / climber you need to be to participate. “A” grades are easy walks with no scrambling or climbing, all the way through to “D+” grades, which is full blown rock climbing.

If you are not familiar with the grading system use the table below to determine if a specific meet / outing’s difficulty will suite you. If unsure contact the meet convener (meets@paarlwellington.mcsa.org.za) or the leader of the specific meet.

Physical Exertion Table

Exertion Factor Description Examples
1 Flat walks like contour paths or jeep tracks. Short distances, i.e. 5 km or less. Olive Glen Blue Route, Kristenbosch, Paarl Arboretum
2 Strenuous half-day hike or moderate fullday hike. 5 – 12 km, 100 to 700 height gain India Venster, Mobray Ridge, Krom River (to last pool)
3 Full day hikes with height gain or flat runs. 12 km to 20 km per day and/or 700 m to 1000 m height gain. Slanghoekpiek from Krom River hut, Hiddingh-Ascension on Table Mountain, Jonkershoek Panorama
4 Trail runs / long fast / strenuous hikes. 20+ km per day and/or 1000+ m height gain and loss Du Toitspiek from Du Toitskloof hut, Jonkershoek Traverse, Wemmershoek Traverse, Slanghoek Traverse, Arangieskop, Hex / Waaihoek, etc.

Technical Grade Table

Technical Factor Description Examples
A Hike – Generally hands are not needed, but may be steep ascent/descent Jeep tracks, Contour paths, Routes with good paths, Platteklip, Kasteelspoort
B Moderate scrambling – Hands and arms frequently used. May be exposed, but generally does not require a rope. A fall likely to result in serious injury. India Venster, Lion’s Head, Mobray Ridge, Krom River (to last pool)
C Hard Scrambling – Steep sections of difficult scrambling where the use of a rope is recommended. Un-roped falls could be fatal. Hout Bay Corner, Table Mountain Ledges, Kloof Corner Ridge, Cascades, Jonkershoek Pieke Suidfront
D+ Rock climbing – climbing equipment and experience required unless otherwise stated. Contact leader for details. Paarl Rock Climbing Crags, Hellfire Crags, Lakeside Pinnacle, Silvermine Crag