Foothold Midwinter Camp 24-26 JUNE 2016

June 27, 2016

 

 

What a really fantastic Foothold midwinter camp it was. About a dozen excited campers arrived on Friday to set up camp, organised some cleaning of the facilities and just to enjoy the surrounds of Foothold. An early evening braai was enjoyed with everybody keeping warm around the fire and then retiring early to bed.

 

What a really fantastic Foothold midwinter camp it was. About a dozen excited campers arrived on Friday to set up camp, organised some cleaning of the facilities and just to enjoy the surrounds of Foothold. An early evening braai was enjoyed with everybody keeping warm around the fire and then retiring early to bed.


Saturday morning dawned with many going on hikes up to the escarpment and beyond but around Foothold there was a hive of activity. There was a constant chain of arrivals, either campers or the more sedate members who prefer sleeping in Hikers Haven. The potjie participants were busy preparing their meat and vegetables as well as organising where to set up their fires and tables for display. By midday things were hectic as on the dot of 12h00 the gong went for the official start of the potjie competition. Two teams had not yet pitched and there was concern that there would be insufficient food for the expected almost 50 guests!!! However, the two remaining teams rolled up a little later and things got under way in earnest. Some keen ladies baked bread in the coals of a fire whilst others made flapjacks – all to cajole the judges. A varied selection of background music was supplied by the Foothold DJ. All afternoon the spectators watched in anticipation as this was going to be their supper. A wonderful relaxed atmosphere was created as glühwein was prepared. Punctually at 17h00 the gong went for the potjie participants to stop what they were doing. The judges set to their very difficult task. The participants were asked a variety of questions and then, with interest, the tasting started. The judges then retired to deliberate whilst it was a free for all as everybody gathered their plates and rushed to the potjie which they first fancied – well what a treat this was. Glühwein and a choice of delicious potjies had tummies full and tongues wagging.
The judges’ decision was final and everybody gathered around with anticipation for the results. The reward for each team was a resounding applause as everybody was a winner. Results below. Hi-Tech very kindly donated several day packs and hiking sticks as prizes. A huge bonfire was prepared and everybody settled down around the fire for warmth as temperatures dropped. Lights and music were toned down and one could savour the ambience of being in the bush as well as the magnificent winter sky full of stars and to enjoy each other’s company around the glowing fire.

 

Sunday dawned and the Hi-Tec representative had set up the advertising stand very early in order that everybody had time to view the amazing hiking equipment now retailed by them. Each hiker was presented with a pair of thick Hi-Tech socks – much appreciated. A hustle and bustle took place as a few went off early hiking, others relaxed over breakfast, and the balance packed up early to make their way home. Many members waited for the 30 odd day hikers to arrive from Constantia and after announcements, the groups made their way up to the escarpment. Weary hikers returned to Foothold at about 15h00 when there was a mad rush to pack up and make one’s way home after a resounding successful weekend.
A big THANK YOU has to go to: the organisers, the enthusiastic potjie participants, the glühwein maker, the DJ, the fire maker, the Hi-Tech representative and last, but by no ways least, the Foothold manager who keeps the property in a tip top state.
Watch this space for the 2017 Foothold midwinter camp – something not to be missed - great food, a glowing bonfire, a good venue out in the bush and wonderful company – what more could you ask for!!!!

 

A big THANK YOU to:

 

Potjie participants:

 

Mary Reynolds, Jill Murray - Pakistan meets Karoo (1st)

Tammeryn & Felicity Johnson - Salt Rockers (2nd)

Des Bell, Marshall Yelland & Anni Marusich - A+ (3rd ) 

Betsie Laubscher & June Odendaal - The A Team

Colin Lill/ Angela Raine - Wizz Kids

Natasha Le Roux, Thato Ndlovu & Hanneke Stouthammer - Bush Angels

 

Volunteers at Foothold/midwinter camp:

 

Jim Hutchison – overall manager

Betsie Laubscher & June Odendaal - cleaning

Alan Chater - bonfire

Des Bell - music

Robbie MacDonald - glühwein

Kim Donnelly – organiser and judge
Mark Eifler – organiser and judge
Ryan de Haast – judge
Rudi Lewis – Hi-Tech representative & judge
Angela Raine – club administrator

 

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