Listen up! It
will soon be AGM time, time for you all to think about the committee
will be running the TCSA in 2006. There are a few, currently serving
who are not going to make themselves available. I have been on the
for five years and the constitution bars me for serving so you will
need a new
EDITOR. Patty wanted out last year, Ros has stated that she wants quit
Tony also wants to make a break after five years. Think carefully guys,
depends on you now, make yourselves available. Meetings are short and
place every two months or so. We will need an EDITOR. a MEMBER
SECRETARY and a TRAILS ORGANISER. Also think about a SOCIAL ORGANISER,
has been doubling up on this one. Janet is also standing down so the
post of TREASURER needs to be filled. It’s your club, things
themselves, people need to stand up and do their bit. Don’t worry
that you have
no computer, the club will supply one if it’s needed. Phone
Denise if you are
have also lost a number of HIKE LEADERS, those that remain on the
had to take up the strain, and it’s not fair on them. Please let
Denise know of
any one who you think could be a leader.
I knew this would be tough and it was!
But as always so very worth while when one climbs the final rock face
reaches the summit. The views are indescribable, probably the best in
the Peninsula. Right across the top
we went on an excellent
path. (When the club first did this many years ago, bushwhacking was
for.) We stopped now and again for Ian to peer down to look for a WW2
that had crashed into the sea, to no avail. A long steep descent to
but one had a wonderful view of Cape Point, the sea and if there had
whale or shark, a bird’s eye view. Thanks to Ian and all, a real
KASTEELSPOORT TO PLATTEKLIP
favourite popular hike on Table
The Parks Board
have cleaned and cleared the entire route making it almost impossible
wrong. Tea on breakfast rock ¾ ways up Kasteelspoort. 2nd tea
and fresh water
Lunch at the top of the
ladders above Blinkwater Ravine outside caves shown to us by Alex. Some
explored them briefly and I wonder if these are where American sailor
Penny spent 14 months in 1799. He jumped ship after taking part in the
navy’s battle of Muizenberg. Fountain Ravine is close by and he
would have had
a good source of fresh water. Unbeknown to Josh his ship, the Sceptre,
a storm shortly after his desertion. On to Platteklip and the descent
and our knees had earned. Numerous young tourists were passed on their
Something we have NEVER done. Well done to all, especially Jenny, Iris
Margarethe who had not previously done this route.
the admin work, i.e. buying permits, getting code no. for the gate etc.
us, we cheated a bit and drove to the parking area. After a mild slog
joined the Oliviers and Thomas’s who had walked the whole way. So
there we were
the Young and the Restless, poised at the start of the Wolfberg Cracks.
are two ways to the first platform, the dark safe little cavity way and
way. Larry, Mary, Tommy (with a little arm twisting) and I opted for
records were broken on this trip. Justine Thomas at 20 months perched
fathers shoulders. Malcolm, 6, in his mother Jenny’s charge,
minute. On the other end, Vic,80+, and Corrie 70+ inspired us all. An
all Africa record was set with the time taken for 17
to go through these awesome cracks. Everyone had good reason to pat
on the back. The two awkward pitches were made easier with the aid of
rope. A few also made use of it to climb over the post-box (a short
tunnel) instead of going through. The front runners who went through
awkward way, on their backs, mopped up all the water for the last ones
queue. Despite the “experts” I have always gone through
easily frontward on my
stomach and knees. Enabling me to see the exit hole. Such fun! I
can’t wait for
the next time. I think it should be renamed ‘panic Passage’
or Passion Passage,
what with all the panting, sweating and screaming and hands on bodies
hikers had excess energy and hot footed it to the Arch. We all returned
the other crack taking away memories, mud and photos and leaving behind
skin and sweat.
Sunday most of us hiked to the Maltese Cross. It was a wonderful
Thanks to all the above plus visitor Christine, Derrick, Gesine,
and Wendy. Very well done. A bit pricy with the extra R50,00 for
and I had to cough up R3,000.00 for shocks and Conrad had to buy a new
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Total Distance Counter:
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Digital Clock: has a 12/24 clock.
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don’t know where Tony was gallivanting the night before but he
arrived late and
seemed out of it all day. Never the less he did take us on a great
would say there was too much bundu bashing but I am rather fond of
bashing so I
had a ball. We lunched at Kleinplaas Dam before taking the wrong path
having to back track twice. We arranged to have beers at The Southern
Hotel. Tony was still out of it a bit and went to Dixie’s
instead, when he didn’t find anyone there he eventually joined
us. Thanks Tony
for a fun day.
There were more Mountain Club members on
this great hike than TCSA members. Only Jaap, Vasco, Larry and I were
TCSA members. Derrick & GeoffB are dual members and our three
James, Don & Karen are Mountain Club members. 7H30 and we were off
the start of Diagonal. We ascended Porcupine ravine and traversed on
the Jackson Route
Buttress. The route is not easy to find, there are a number of short
scrambles and the route is very steep. Any thoughts of bailing out were
squashed as I would not like to descend on this route a feeling
endorsed by all
the others. A short chimney near the top was conquered and we were on
summit. We were now on our way to Echo ValleyCamps Bay
were magnificent. From where we were the cliffs drop straight down for
hundred metres or more. From Echo valley we hiked towards the aqueduct.
always wanted to be on this path, which one can see from the path from
aqueduct to the dams. So here I was at last. We had lunch at a pool. I
say the others had lunch; I was too tired to eat. We joined the path to
dams and past the Mountain Club hut and on to Kasteelspoort. We were
the cars by 14h30 and I was in bed by 15h00. A GREAT HIKE AS ALWAYS
Thank you very much guys. along a route I
had not even known existed. The views down to
“T he great affair is to move; to feel the
needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this
feather bed of
civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot, strewn with cutting
Robert Louis Stevenson.
New Year’s Blast
The Eikenhof lapa Cottages had not to my
knowledge, been visited by TCSA before. Tony did not know what to
did any of the 30 people who had decided to spend the weekend there.
a pleasant surprise. We could have been
on a lake in Switzerland.
The only thing missing was snow. The cottages sleep 10 in three rooms.
are two showers and two toilets in each cottage. The communal kitchen
gas cookers, two wash up sinks, a huge indoor table, a deck with enough
and tables for all 30, braai area with wood and grid, the only let down
small gas fridge which battled to keep all the food and drink cool.
the area is very good. We hiked on both days we were there. Ian hired
Indian canoes. Those who were brave enough all chipped in to take a
turn at paddling.
I am afraid that not all of us were able to see in the New Year. Maybe
took more out of us than we realised. Most of us were in bed before
New Years day brought another hike before lunch. The result was that
a somewhat better party that night. Monday morning, most of us packed
left quite early. Some to return to replenish so they could go to do
Harkerville and Tsitsikamma Trails later in the week. Eikenhof is
place to visit again. It is only an hour from Cape Town and has all the facilities
want when on a weekend away.
SUE FORD REPORTS!
For those of you who don’t know, KARRIMOR is
no longer in SA. Don’t despair! The company that used to
Karrimor is still in business, just under a new name –RED MOUNTAIN.
(The Karrimor royalties became too expensive). You will soon see this
all the familiar backpacks, clothing etc. etc. at cheaper prices, but
great quality. They will be marketing through smaller outlets and a
area and shop at their factory in Kanarie Rd. Lansdowne. The shop will
mid February. The owner said he would contact me as soon as they were
running and I will spread the word as soon as I hear Maybe the TCSA
arrange an evening at the shop, with some discounts, as an opening
Listen up guys…. Please support this new outdoor company- Cape
Union Mart needs strong opposition!
Ancient astronomers split the stars up
into random groups called constellations. Additional constellations,
the Southern hemisphere, have been added, some of the patterns
modern instruments like the microscope and telescope. The rather faint
obscure constellation of Mensa is of local interest. It was originally
Mons Mensae (Table
It lies under
the large Magellanic Cloud, the name been suggested by Table Mountain
which is also frequently capped by cloud. It is the only constellation
after a geological feature on Earth.
There used to be a large number of
constellations but in 1922 the International Astronomical Union
boundaries to make a total of 88.
Most professional astronomers
a handful of the brighter constellations. They find objects by entering
the computer a set of co-ordinates just like longitude and latitude on
Most amateurs find objects by matching the patterns in the sky to those
represented in star charts.
Astronomical distances are so enormous as
to be beyond the grasp of many people. The distance from Earth to the
149,597,870 km and astronomers call this one astronomical unit ( A.U.)
distance to Pluto is 40 A.U. and to the nearest star is over 270,000
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HOW DO I GET A REPORT INTO
Answer: Your editor has an address.
E20 Ambleside, Lwr Hope Rd.
He even has an E mail address.
You can even fax your report to 447-4182.
Marked for his attention.
See, it’s easy. You have no excuse. Send your reports and/or
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