Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Conquering the Helderberg Mountain Range
We All Know this View!
But who of us know the view from the top of these mountains?
Join us on a trip to the top of the Helderberg Mountain Range.
Date: Sunday, 22 October 2006
Place of Departure: Computer Lab Entrance
We will hike from Helderberg College to the top of West Peak. Enjoy as you get to see new images and perspectives of the College as we climb up the slopes.
The hike up West Peak will take approximately 2 hours. At this point the ones who are less fit will be able to return via the same route that we came.
The more adventurous climbers will traverse past the 2 central peaks and then climb the more challenging Dome (4th Peak). The Dome is the highest peak in the Helderberg Range (Higher than Table Mountain). You will enjoy beautiful views of Stellenbosh and the Winelands, and of the Helderberg Basin. We are likely to see a pair of Black eagles and some small wildlife.
We should reach the top of the Dome by 11:30 - 12:00. We will eat lunch on the Dome and return with the beautiful winding path down Porcupine Buttress to the Nature reserve where transport will be waiting to bring us back to the College.
What to bring:
1. Good Walking Shoes.
2. At Least 2 Litres of water.
3. Some snacks to eat on the way. Watch for further announcements about what you can get from the Cafeteria.
4. Bring a warm jacket or sweater to wear in case the weather becomes unpleasant on the mountain.
5. You will need something to carry all of your things in. A small day-pack will be perfect.
If you are interested in this you might want to explore the following links.
A map of the area (although it does not indicate the path on top of the mountain.)
Other people have been up there before.