Vintage Trail Tales

Notable Trail Tales

Girl Guides @ Foothold

Read the submitted trail tales sent to us during 2014

Vintage Trail Tales

Adventure Hike » Fern Kloof
14 October 2012
The weather did not look promising, lots of clouds, mild temps and rain in the air but 10 of us kitted up for the day’s kloofing adventure having been primed that this was the hardest kloof we do in the…

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Backpack » Queen Rose Trial
19 - 21 September 2014
It started over a bottle of wine and making a decision on a whim.   We have wanted to do the Queen Rose Trail for the better part of 2014. But we couldn’t get a big enough group together and…

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Backpack » Naukluft
12 - 23 June 2014
Our Group:  Neil Ransome, Angelo Denicolo, Wendy Tibbitts, Ralph Jury, Enid du Raan, Mike McLaughlin, Margaretha  Moinx, and Irene Moinx who came from Germany especially to do the hike. Four of us left Johannesburg by car at 4.30 am and…

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Backpack » Baviaanskrans
8 - 10 August 2014
When Sue asked me to write the trail tale I thought it was not possible to put words to this trail. Having hiked quite a few beautiful hikes within the last 5 years, driving numerous kilometres to the destinations, it…

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Backpack » Kaapschehoop
20 - 22 March 2014
On 20 March 16 eager hikers set out to trudge, traipse, ramble, slog, stroll or to just walk along the magnificent Kaapsehoop Hiking Trail. Kaapsehoop or Kaapschehoop is a town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. It is situated…

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Backpack Hike » 5 Day Otter
17 Dec 12 - 21 Dec 12
Robbie Macdonald’s quest to hike most of the South African coastline reached Storms River last year, and this year the coastal hike continued by doing the Otter Trail, starting at Storms River and ending at Nature’s Valley. Next year Robbie…

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Backpack Hike » Mosemane Trail
30 Nov 2012 - 2 Dec 2012
On Friday, 30th of November Sue Desmond (leader), Tom Van Wijk and myself left Johannesburg to drive to the start of the Mosemane Hiking trail. The other 3 hikers (Roger Price, Peter Burman, and Thinus de Wet) had already left…

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Backpack Hike » Amatola Trail
30 Dec 2012 - 4 Jan 2013
Participants: Neil Ransome, Coen Terblanche, Paul van Beek, Cathy Phillips, Penny Allen, Sabine Behr The Amatola is an exciting six day trail starting at Maden Dam near King William’s Town and finishing near Hogsback. A lot of the time will…

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Backpack Hike » Whaleless Whale Trail
19 - 24 November 2013
Participants: Ron White (leader) Amanda White, Eileen Botha, Laurika Steenkamp, Sue Bellinger, Jean Scott, Errol Goodman, Stuart & Marissa Scott, Jane Woodhouse, Clive Gullifer, Susanne. Marion’s voice came over loud and clear on the phone – ‘the whale trail’s been…

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Basecamp » Mount Komati
29 - 31 August 2014
The fire cracked and was spreading its heat through the room. We were all sitting there after our first day’s hike at Mt Komati. Everyone shared stories about the sleeping arrangements of the previous night, who was snoring and who…

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Basecamp Hike » Lesoba
18 - 20 October 2013
We all arrived safely at Lesoba on the Friday evening.  There were 13 of us – Neville (our glorious leader, replacing poor Bev who had lost her brother - our condolences are with her), Riaad and his family, Linda, Fatima,…

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Basecamp Hike » Wathaba
12 Apr 2013 - 14 Apr 2013
Leader : Bev Brockman Robbie Macdonald ; Jean Smilkstein ; Theunis De Wet ; Hijme De Jong ; Annette Heyns ; Les Morrow ; Neville Rhodes ; Neville Hallet ; Wendy Acton and William ; Bill Thwaits ; Liesel Heyns…

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Basecamp Hike » Rooikrans
15 - 17 November 2013
As adventures go our fearless leader, Ryan, first had find people to join him on the hike.  I was one of the few people that were asked and luckily I managed to get one more person to join us.  In…

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Birthdays » Mary Candlin's Birthday
21 September 2012
Sue Emmett very kindly organised a special birthday party for me for my coming of age, in Alfriston, Sussex, England, which is a picturesque village, located between Eastbourne and Brighton, in the South Downs National Park. The weekend consisted of…

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Coastal Hike » From Natures Valley
5 - 13 January 2014
Our group leader was Robbie Macdonald. The hikers were:‐ Kalyan Chappidi, Jack Dempsey, Elsa Wloschowsly, Hanneke Stouthamer, Clive Gullifer, Martin Templar, Claire Penn, Sue Emmett, Dave Emmett, Gaynor Mcturk, Peter. I was sitting with my backpack resting on a rock,…

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Donations » Mnweni Cultural & Hiking Centre
20 March 2014
I wish to thank you and all the members of the hiking Clubs to donate us with the hiking equipment that we received on the 20 March 2014. The Hiking equipment is very important to us as a guide’s and…

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Drakensberg » Easter Camp
18 - 21 April 2014
The Easter camp this year was blessed to have such beautiful weather. Day time temperatures were around 22° C and at night the temperature was a moderate 15° C. Forty three hikers attended the Easter camp. Unfortunately we were scattered…

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Drakensberg » Ships Prow
26 - 28 October 2012
This is an account of one of the most (in fact the most) interesting, adventurous, strenuous but thoroughly enjoyable hike I have ever done in the Drakensberg. Many a year I had heard stories about Ship's Prow Pass in the…

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Drakensberg » Four Seasons in the Mnweni
20 - 24 September 2013
On Friday afternoon 20 September 2013, 12 of us left Jhb in 3 cars and headed for Bergville, where we had secured the last available accommodation to hikers for the night. Our group met up at Bingelela restaurant later for…

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Easter Camp » Mahai Camp
(6 Apr 2012 - 9 Apr 2012)
Great venue for hiking, super campsite, wonderful company, organised leader, tasty happy hour, super display of Easter bonnets/hats with amazing prizes, full moon and the weather played its part making a really fantastic Easter camp at Mahai. The road over…

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Easter Camp » Monks Cowl
29 Mar 2013 - 1 Apr 2013
Driving down on Thursday prior to the Easter week end was a blessing as the road was not congested. We did experience one or two thunder showers when approaching Monks Cowl. We tried to book for supper at Champagne Castle…

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Easter Camp » Monks Cowl
29 Mar 2013 - 1 Apr 2013
If you are one of the clever people you head for the Easter Camp in the Drakensberg a day early. That makes sense does it not? You miss the worst traffic; only mild delays at the toll booths, after having…

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Foothold » Month-end @ Foothold
27 April 2014
It was a year since my last visit to Foothold, and what a real pleasure it was to be back for a weekend this past April.   The weather was on our side during the day, and when winter showed…

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Foothold » New Year's Eve
31 December 2013
The year end Foothold camp was to be one of contrasts. Sunday hikers were dismayed, as were all of us in Gauteng, when the rains came down for the whole of Sunday. Hikers, after making the early morning cup of coffee,…

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Foothold » Kiddies Christmas Tree
29 Nov 2014 - 30 Nov 2014
This year the annual Christmas camp took place at the home of the Johannesburg Hiking Club, Foothold. The event was enjoyed and pooled by young and old alike. Members came from all over the city to spend the weekend out…

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Foothold » Maintenance Weekend
28 - 29 September 2013
Some people cut, some carried, some built, some washed, some cleaned – all sweated for the benefit of Foothold.   Over the years the path to the gully and chain ladder have deteriorated, mostly because of the number of passing…

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Foothold » Mid-Winter Camp
28 - 30 June 2013
Have you ever finished a three day hike in the Magaliesburg, or the Drakensburg, or the Fish River Canyon, or whichever hike and been totally exhausted afterwards? Consider that you did this by staying in a nice wooden hut, had…

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Foothold » Shelter Erection
25 - 27 October 2013
Errection Team: Jim Hutchison, John Corrie, Neil Ransome, Alan Chater, Stephen Ingram, Lothar & Marion Hüfner, Ken & Angela Raine, Bob Greenwood and Marshall Yelland The preparation had taken about two weeks in Neil’s garden, where Jim fine tuned the…

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Foothold » Girl Guides Hike
25 January 2014
Ever been so excited yet so nervous about something that your body is covered in Goosebumps and your toes cringed? Well, this was happening as I, along with 10 girls and 3 of our adult leaders, approached an 8km hike…

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Getaway Hike » B'Sorah
13 April 2014
It was a lovely day out with Getaway at B’Sorah.  The hiking was easy and the hikers were all quite fit.  125 participants who were split into 5 groups to make the hike more enjoyable.

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Getaway Hike » Hennops River
(29 July 2012)
Getaway (the main sponsors and Hi‐Tec (suppliers of sporting foot wear)) are cooperating to present a programme of day hikes in the Gauteng area. These hikes are aimed at encouraging South Africans to forsake the couch and get out into…

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Getaway Hike » Pelinduna
21 April 2013
The day started out a little bit cold when we met. The Getaway and Hi –Tec guys arrived early. We arrived at 08h00 the meeting time and everything was in order and well organised. We were welcomed with snack packs,…

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Getaway Hike » Groenkloof
28 July 2013
A busy weekend at Groenkloof with runners, mountain bikers , orienteering and plenty of hikers. Parking was at a premium.   The clear blue sky of the chilly winter morning had the hundred or so hikers wringing their hands either…

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Getaway Hike » Magalies Retreat
1 December 2013
The Getaway hike, as always, was a great event and very much a day I look forward to as it’s always at a great venue with easy hiking. Magalies Retreat was a treat as the views were absolutely spectacular and…

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Getaway Hike » Weavers Roost
27 July 2014
It was a rather nippy start to a Sunday morning but on arrival at Weavers Roost, there was tea, coffee or hot chocolate to welcome the hikes and to be enjoyed before the day’s hike. This was supplied by the…

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Kiddies Corner » Surprise Hike
14 October 2012
Arriving at the meeting place where all hiking enthusiasts gather, all dressed in their gear, some in longs and others in shorts, there is an air of excitement. It was overcast and misty, however somewhat humid. We wrote down our…

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Kiddies Corner » Kids Christmas Tree
24 - 25 November 2012
Saturday afternoon, there was a treasure hunt for the kids. The hunt was to find a pot of Gold. There was a trail set out all over the area around Hikers Haven .A trail of chocolate gold coins, led some…

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Kiddies Corner » Foothold Christmas Tree
30 Nov - 1 Dec 2013
Late Saturday afternoon parents, Grandparents and children arrived at Foothold. About 5pm the bell was rang and all the children gathered to go on a treasure hunt. There was great excitement as the children wandered around to see where the…

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Midweek Recce » Recce at Hooglands
21 November 2012
The JHC are always on the lookout for possible new venues for both Sunday and Wednesday hikes, the latter being much easier to find due to the fact that the hiking distance required is not as long. On Wednesday 21…

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Snow Hike » Witsieshoek
20 - 21 July 2013
The Club once again organised the “Snow Hike” in the northern Drakensburg over the weekend of 20 to 21st July. This popular annual event has now been held by the JHC for 32 years in a row! The fist snow…

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Thank you » Lunch @ Delta Park
2 August 2014
The annual JHC Thank You event was attended by about 60 people and turned out to be quite a grand occasion at Delta Park.

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Trail Report » Uitsoek Backpack
16 - 18 November 2012
The Uitsoek backpack trail is a two-day, 29,5km hike through the foothills of the Drakensberg in southeast Mpumalanga. The publication, Hiking Trails of South Africa, describes the trail as one that “takes the hiker from the foothills of the Drakensberg…

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Trail Report » Elangeni Slackpack
24 - 26 May 2013
We all arrived late Friday afternoon to find great accommodation and of course great company as well!  The base facilities had just been completed by the owner and everything was ‘new’ and very comfortable.  We settled in for an evening…

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Traverse » O.B. Magaliesberg Traverse
17 - 19 May 2013
Stephen Ingram, Megan Ingram, Alan Chater, Monique Dalka, Hanneke Stouthamer, Denise Dexter, Sue Desmond, Tom Kenny, Ann Kenny, Hilka Kruger, Ryan de Haast, Brigitte Broich, Tom van Wyk, and John Goddard arrived at Foothold. We all found a bed or…

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Tribute » Ken Dalgish
(1929 - 2014)
On Saturday, January 25, just over 40 people gathered, under the brand new shelter at Foothold, to pay tribute to Ken Dalglish. A few of the bikers with their side-cars arrived and so did Ken’s son Peter who read a…

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Wednesday Hike » Hennops
23 October 2013
Great fun to see old friends from the UK, Maura & John Deighton, who made the time to join the Wednesday hike on their SA trip. John joined the fast group to match his long legs. Maura walked with the…

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Wednesday Hike » Year-end @ Kloofendal
11 December 2013
Who would have thought that after a day and night of constant rain, we would wake up on Wednesday morning to a beautiful day - although a little misty. 35 JHC members and a couple of non members gathered at…

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Weekend Hike » Suikebosrand Backpack
(18 May 2012 - 20 May 2012)
Having not backpacked in 12 years, I decided to organize and lead a 3 day backpack hike at Suikerbosrand, and with the assistance of Marion, this hike came to light, and on 18 May 2012 we all (Wendy Palm, Johann…

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Whale Trail » 26 September – 1 October
After a lovely drive from Johannesburg, over nighting in Graaff-Reinet and buying some last minute supplies in Swellendam, Dave and I drove the well maintained sand road to Potberg. Most of the others had flown to Cape Town and driven…

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Wilderness Hike » Impact Crater
2 November 2012
After considerable scientific investigation, it is now accepted that around 2020 million years ago, an extremely large meteorite, probably 10 to 15 km across impacted the earth near today’s Vredefort village. The force of this impact penetrated deep into the…

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Year End Camp » Buffalo Woes
22 Dec 2012 - 2 Jan 2013
We climbed over the fence, despite the well signposted dire warnings of wild animals on the other side. After all, why direct a marked trail straight to a stile over a game fence if it was not intended that the…

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