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May 2019

Olive Glen social (Snake demo, Soup & Soetes)

25 May 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

25 May 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Olive Glen Paarl, South Africa + Google Map
Organized by: Avril Powrie

Annual Winter Social - Soup and Sherry – Sop en Soetes What: Snake demo, soup, soetes, breads and spreads, club updates, short slide shows Bring: camp chair & torch, drinks other than soetes R.S.V.P. – Tickets apowrie@paarlonline.co.za, 082 921 4325, whatsapp group “Sop en Soetes 25 Mei” Lucky draw - Tickets are…

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July 2019

Bustoer na Sutherland sterrewag

27 July 2019 @ 8:00 am - 28 July 2019 @ 5:00 pm

27 July 2019 @ 8:00 am - 28 July 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Organized by: Gaye Hosking

ATKV SUTHERLAND BUSTOER 27 & 28 Julie 2019   DIE TOER KOS R1550.00 PER PERSOON EN SLUIT DIE VOLGENDE IN: VERVOER   LIGTE MIDDAGETE BY MATJIESFONTEIN (DRINKGOED IS VIR JOU EIE SAK)   SUTHERLAND HOTEL:          VERBLYF VIR SATERDAGAAND AANDETE SATERDAGAAND ONTBYT SONDAG OGGEND TOEBROODJIE PAKKIE VIR SONDAG MIDDAG OPPAD HUISTOE…

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December 2019

Hut weekend/ Social

13 December 2019 @ 6:00 am - 16 December 2019 @ 3:00 pm

13 December 2019 @ 6:00 am - 16 December 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Krom River Hut, Frixion Adventures
Paarl, South Africa
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Organized by: Delfie Issel

Come join us for some hut maintenance and a social at the Hut.

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Annual New Years Hut Social

20 December 2019 @ 8:00 am - 1 January 2020 @ 5:00 pm

20 December 2019 @ 8:00 am - 1 January 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Krom River Hut, Frixion Adventures
Paarl, South Africa
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Organized by: Delfie Issel

Come join us for our annual new years social at the Hut.

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February 2020

Annual Memorial Service

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

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

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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April 2020

CANCELED – First Aid workshop

4 April @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

4 April @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Organized by: Avril Powrie
R75

THIS MEET IS CANCELED Wilderness first aid for hike leaders and regular hikers.If interested contact Avril Powrie at 0829214325. R 75 pp

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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