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Kromriver Hut, Hike and Auction | Kromrivierhut, Stap and Veiling

6 March 2020 @ 8:00 am 8 March 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for a Paarl/Wellington hut weekend.  On Saturday we will do a variation on the Kromrivier Dome circular walk which will include one of the cascades pools.  In the late afternoon we will have our first ever “Kromhut Auction”.
Those who want to sleep over the Friday or Saturday night contact Loni  Eager at eagerloni@yahoo.com or 084 517 6959.
You may come for the Saturday only if you’d like; contact Elsie via email at elsieoettle@gmail.com  or via message/WhatsApp at 082 737 9990 for the Saturday arrangements.

Auction
We will have an auction at 17:00 on Saturday 7 March. The goal of the Auction is to have a little fun, and at the same time generate some extra funds for fixing the veranda and steps around the hut.  We will be auctioning off hiking and mountaineering equipment. We already have a range of hiking and mountaineering items on the table (see the l below), but more donations are welcome. We are fortunate that Hilary Hut himself will be there to conduct the auction, which promises to be short and sweet. Items up for grabs include: 

  • Hiking/camping cooking pots,
  • Cutlery,
  • Swiss army knives,
  • Water bottles,
  • Hiking sticks,
  • Hiking clothing,
  • Day bags,
  • Buff scarves,
  • Hiking food, and
  • Mountaineering medicinal item.

Please contact Elsie if you have anything to donate, even if you can’t make it to the Auction yourself.

For auction arrangements contact Elsie via email at elsieoettle@gmail.com  or via message/WhatsApp at 082 737 9990.

Details

Start:
6 March @ 8:00 am
End:
8 March @ 5:00 pm
Cost:
Normal Hut Fees
Event Category:

Organizers

Elsie Oettle
Loni Eager

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