Thursday, September 21, 2006

MONDAY Hike, 25th Sep - Steenberg Ridge/Noordhoek Peak!!!!

The Proposed Route(s)
Top of Blackburn Ravine
Gooooooooo Neil!!!!!
CYOR - No limits!!!!


This weeks hike is on MONDAY due to the GUN RUN-Public Holiday festivities and rumour has it that we are also being joined by a few extreme 'experienced' campaigners. Last week saw a record number of Athletes on the mountain, with 41 and 5 enjoying unbelievable views, snacks, banter, bums, beaches, and just an epic vibe!!

This week promises spectacular views, not-so-hectic gradients, ageless wisdom from the 'experienced' campaigners, and a PHV that will invlove some minor pre-hike organization. This hike is definately FLA and Wrinkley-friendly!!!

Meet Time:
8:45am - Car Park at the Silvermine Reservoir. At the summit of Ou Kaapse Weg (when coming from the Tokai side), turn right and follow through to the Main Silvermine Entrance Gate where a small fee is payable to the TMNP. Once through the booms/gate, carry on straight up the road for about 2km right till the end where you'll find the car park. Estimated Hike Time (EHT) - about 3 and a half hours!!!!

To Bring:
The hike is fairly open so plenty of sunscreen, hat, plenty of water, warm top, vibe, chow, and all the other good stuff!!!

We will be braaing at one of the awesome braai spots down on the Reservoir after the hike. EYB will supply the wood and all the other braai accessories, but for those hanging around for the braai (hopefully everyone) please bring your own drinks, meat, salads, cups, glasses, paper plates, cutlery etc. etc.

Please note that cellphone reception once past the main gate and in the car park is almost non-existent, so make all necessary calls/texts before driving through to the end. The HATT AWARD was born on a day when the godfather Andrew Hatt couldn't get hold of us due to the reception issues, and ran all the way from the Main Entrance and only stopped once he found us at the Elephants Eye Cave (see map)... unbelievable!!!!!

This weeks route will take us from the car park north towards Steenberg Ridge where we'll get some awesome views over Tokai and the Southern Suburbs. We'll then head towards the Lookout Point at the top of Blackburn Ravine where we are likely to lay anchor for a while to enjoy one of the most spectacular views in Cape Town - VAVT!!!

For the next section of the walk, the Super-Smasher-Gadget-King-Duffet (SSGKD) has once again provided EYB with the kit needed to make the group split/breakaway as effective and as safe as possible! Full understanding of the extreme technology we are dealing with here will be revealed on monday!!

At this point everyone can decide for themselves to either take the Skyline Panorama Path ("spectacular views, nerve wracking for vertigo sufferers" Peter Slingsby) or the much easier jeep track route (very short back track) towards Noordhoek Peak, where we will likely have another stop for some more VAVT!!! There is no doubt that with SSGKD on board the two groups will once again re-unite safely at the Peak!!

From here on in, it's a fairly chilled walk, with a beautiful decent along the 'Crassula Edge' back towards the car park and a proper PHV!! The weather looks pretty good for Monday so lets hope the forecast holds and delivers a beauty!!

Ok Athletes, see everyone on MONDAY!!!




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