Foothold and Hikers Haven
Situated some 120 kilometres from Johannesburg, the Johannesburg Hiking Club has established a slice of territory called Foothold. It offers a splendid range of scenery, Hikers Haven accommodation, camping and access to two varied routes to the escarpment and a myriad of trails thereafter.
Hikers Haven nestles in the foothills against the mountain escarpment of the Magaliesberg and accommodates up to ten persons in relative comfort, with necessary mod cons for weekends or longer. Extensive additional space is available on the largely wooded property for caravans and tents.
Water is piped from mountain springs. The property is maintained by an honorary manager and other enthusiastic members.
Trailing options to the mountain summit are: the Chain Ladder and Footloose gully.
For the 'birders' or the more relaxed hiker, easy low level routes on the property allow for shorter duration walks through the bush.
Accommodation for selected visitors is available at Hikers Haven or at the camp site by booking with the club administrator.
Gifts over the years covered bunks, furnishings, kitchen units and utensils, garden furniture, grass mower, tools, braai units and building materials.
It has been a labour of love for managers and other enthusiasts from all walks of life and the "Friends of Foothold" will continue to uphold the property and make further improvements for the benefit of all JHC members.
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES - MONTHLY CAMP OR DAY VISIT
Last weekend of every month.
The last weekend of the every month (Friday through to Sunday) hikers come together and camp over at Foothold, either by setting up a tent in the ample space available, or by booking a bed inside Hikers Haven. Many start to arrive from lunch time on Friday.
There are plenty of things to do from hiking to the top of the escarpment via Footloose Gully or Chainladder Gully, or bird watching among other activities.
Occasionally there are several social events (Kiddies weekend, Winter Camp, etc) that are held at Foothold, that caters for all types of people, just keep an eye on the programme.
Occasionally people arrive on the Saturday spend the morning or the day at Foothold and then travel back home. Tea and plenty of cake is served at about 10:00 and the, camaraderie, is priceless!
As the sun starts to settle the various campers enjoy their sundowners, and enjoy the relaxation and tranquility of Foothold. At about 18:00 the braai is lit and gradually everyone cooks what they have bought with them and a supper is enjoyed in the company of good friends. Winter months the campfire gives the warmth and glow necessary to keep everyone happy and satisfied.
As Sunday dawns, people awaken to the chirping of birds. Some hikers organize a hike, while others await for the Sunday Hikers to arrive. The four different groups head off in whatever direction the leader chooses, for what is always an enjoyable hike on the escarpment above Foothold.
After the hike, there is either tea and cake served by the Friends of Foothold or a self catering braai which is enjoyed by everyone as stories of the day are told. Congratulations are given to those hikers who climbed up or down the chain ladder for the first time.
As the day comes to an end, the various campers and hikers leave Foothold behind, with great memories to remember the tranquil weekend...and the warm welcoming feeling of being a friend of Foothold, till next time...
Contact club administrator for more information.