Table Mountain Expedition 2014-05-02 to 2014-05-04

Our expedition started on Friday at van der Stel Station where we waited for the train to take us to Cape Town

Waiting at van der Stel station for the train to Cape Town

Waiting at van der Stel station for the train to Cape Town

We took over a portion of one of the carrages

We took over a portion of one of the carriages

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On our way to Cape Town

Arriving at Cape Town station

Arriving at Cape Town station

 

 

 

 

 

 

After arriving at Cape Town station we had to find the MyCiti bus station and find the correct bus to get us to Kloofnek. Once we had bought our tickets we had to find the correct platform were our bus would pick us up.

Waiting for our MyCiti cards

Waiting for our MyCiti cards

Waiting at  the MyCiti platform for the 106 bus to Camps Bay

Waiting at the MyCiti platform for the 106 bus to Camps Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

MyCiti bus

It was fun riding on the bus and reading the names of the stops.

Kloofnek

We got off at Kloofnek bus stop

 

 

After getting off the bus we found the start of the pipe track hiking path and started hiking.

 

Pipe Track

Our lunch spot on the pipe track

At the turn off to Kasteelspoort

We found the turn off to Kasteelspoort and started the uphill.

 

 

 

 

We spotted some proteas along the trail.

Proteas

King protea

Proteas 2

Sugarbush Protea with some bees in it.

Camps Bay beach

The views of Camps Bay beach from Kasteelspoort were awesome.

Kasteelspoort

but the hike was tough!

It was great to reach the hut and everybody started making supper! At sunset everybody went outside to watch the sunset! As always the sunset was awesome!

 

Sunset 1

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset

Sunset

 

 

 

Sunset 4

Sunset

 

 

Sunset 5

Sunset

 

 

 

 

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Can you make out what word the scouts are are spelling

 

 

 

 

Later on the stars came out and we spotted Orion and the moon!

Stars

Orion and the moon

On Saturday we explored a portion of the Back table of Table Mountain that people don’t normally get to in search of a geocache called Defending the cave man.

Jeep track1

It was cloudy over the Cape Flat

Jeeptrack 2

Ready for an adventure

Defending the caveman 1

We stopped for a snack and a rest with a view of de Villiers dam

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defending the caveman 2

And views over Hout bay

Defending the caveman 3

There were some great views of Hout Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defending the caveman 4

Finally we were close to the cache!

Defending the caveman 4

Kayla soon had the cache in hand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defending the caveman 5

We all admired the cache contents

Defending the caveman 6

while Rob held up the rock so that we could have lunch under it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defending the caveman 7

We did some rock climbing on the way back

Defending the caveman 8

and shimmied up some chimneys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defending the caveman 10

and dropped into a cave!

 

 

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View from the cave.

 

 

 

 

Defending the caveman 12

We had to get through a forest

Defending the caveman 13

In the forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defending the caveman 14

To get back to the Jeep track.

Defending the caveman 15

We all got back to the Scout hut safely.

sunset

We watch the awesome sunset again

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday morning we headed down the mountain via Nursery Ravine in the pouring rain and we were soaking wet when we got to the car park!

The weekend was a great adventure!

 

Here are the routes we travelled by train and bus as well as the routes we hiked.

Train trip to Kloofnek

The green line is the route that the train and bus took.

Table Mountain

The routes we hiked in blue, purple and red.

  •  The blue line is the route along the pipe track and up Kasteelspoort.
  • The Purple line is route we hike to the defending the caveman cache and back.
  • The red line is the route we hiked down to Kirstenbosch.
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1st Strand Purple peak challenge

1st Strand Purple peak challenge

1st Strand Scouts and cubs went up to the GB sign as part of the Purple peak challenge.

The group at the start of the trail.

The group at the start of the trail.

 

Stopping for a rest.

Stopping for a rest.

The scout looking for something to eat in the river!

The scout looking for something to eat in the river!

The view of Muizenberg mountain across the bay

The view of Muizenberg mountain across the bay.

Almost at the GB sign.

Almost at the GB sign.

On the bottom of the anchor in the GB sign.

On the bottom of the anchor in the GB sign.

Having a snack and having our photographs taken from below.

Having a snack and having our photographs taken from below.

 

On the bottom of the anchor in the GB sign.

On the bottom of the anchor in the GB sign.

Just starting the decent from the GB sign

Just starting the decent from the GB sign

On the way down from the GB sign.

On the way down from the GB sign.

The other half of the team who took the photographs from below

The other half of the team who took the photographs from below

The view of Muizenberg mountain across the bay

The view of Muizenberg mountain across the bay

It was a great day out on the mountain! Enjoyed by all and there was ice cream when we were done!

 

 

 

 

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1st Strand Scout Hall used for emergency accommodation for the flood victims

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During the recent rains in the Western Cape the Lourens river burst it’s banks and caused extensive damage to the residences in Kays caravan park that is situated next to Willowbend, the 1st Strand Scouts grounds. The Scout hall was used as emergency accommodation for the residents displaced by the flooding.

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2013 Cedar planting Heuningvlei and Boontjieskloof, Cederberg

On  the weekend of the 18th and 19th May 2013 we went to plant cedar trees in the Cederberg.

We took some Cedar tree seedlings along.

Seedlings for planting in boontjieskloof

Seedlings for planting in boontjieskloof

On Saturday Morning we visited C Louis Leipoldt’s grave.

C Louis Leipolt's grave

C Louis Leipolt’s grave

We then did some 4X4’ing to get to Heuningvlei. The route took us through the area that burnt during the large veld fire that burnt for 3 weeks in the Cederberg in the beginning of 2013.

On the 4x4 route between Pakhuis and Heuningvlei

On the 4×4 route between Pakhuis and Heuningvlei

On the 4x4 route between Pakhuis and Heuningvlei

On the 4×4 route between Pakhuis and Heuningvlei

On the 4x4 route between Pakhuis and Heuningvlei

On the 4×4 route between Pakhuis and Heuningvlei

On the 4x4 route between Pakhuis and Heuningvlei. These are the 2 vehicles we were traveling in.

On the 4×4 route between Pakhuis and Heuningvlei. These are the 2 vehicles we were traveling in.

In some places there were quite high drops on the side of road.

In some places there were quite high drops on the side of road.

In some places there were quite high drops on the side of road.

In some places there were quite high drops on the side of road.

The route forward that we still needed to go

The route forward that we still needed to go

The route we had just done.

The route we had just done.

Passing the area where we would be planting the cedar trees later. The trees on the skyline are cedar trees that were burnt by the fire.

Passing the area where we would be planting the cedar trees later. The trees on the skyline are cedar trees that were burnt by the fire.

We had coffee and rusks at Heuningvlei.

We had coffee and rusks at Heuningvlei.

And we planted some cedar seeds.

And we planted some cedar seeds.

We hiked up to the area where we planted to the cedar trees.

We hiked up to the area where we planted to the cedar trees.

We looked for suitable places to plant our trees and once they were planted we watered them.

We looked for suitable places to plant our trees and once they were planted we watered them.

We looked for suitable places to plant our trees and once they were planted we watered them.

We looked for suitable places to plant our trees and once they were planted we watered them.

We looked for suitable places to plant our trees and once they were planted we watered them.

We looked for suitable places to plant our trees and once they were planted we watered them.

We looked for suitable places to plant our trees and once they were planted we watered them.

We looked for suitable places to plant our trees and once they were planted we watered them.

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We looked for suitable places to plant our trees and once they were planted we watered them.

On the way back we saw signs of new growth!

On the way back we saw signs of new growth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the way back from planting our 4 cedar trees we visited the 2 trees that Deon and Rob planted in 2012, but they had been destroyed by the fire.

Remains of the tree planted by Rob and Cameron in 2012

Remains of the tree planted by Rob and Cameron in 2012

Remains of the Cedar tree planted by Deon and Denise in 2012

Remains of the Cedar tree planted by Deon and Denise in 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After we had planted our 4 cedar trees at Heuningvlei we were treated to lunch by Bushmanskloof resort. When we finished with lunch we headed off to the house where we  would be staying the night.

Some of us went exploring, got a little dirty and reached new heights:

A little dirt never hurt anyone!

A little dirt never hurt anyone!

New heights!

New heights!

We spent some time organising the cedar trees that we would plant on Sunday.

Beavers invention to carry the one year old cedar seedlings up to Boontjieskloof.

Beavers invention to carry the one year old cedar seedlings up to Boontjieskloof.

Dividing up the trees for carrying up to Boontjieskloof.

Dividing up the trees for carrying up to Boontjieskloof.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early on the Sunday morning we all loaded up our cedar trees and headed up to Boontjieskloof.

The team ready to leave from Grasvlei.

The team ready to leave from Grasvlei.

Crossing the stream on the way up to Boontjieskloof.

Crossing the stream on the way up to Boontjieskloof.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Boontjieskloof we started looking for suitable places to plant the little cedar trees but we also had time to do some exploring.

Looking for spots to plant cedar trees.

Looking for spots to plant cedar trees.

Exploring!!

Exploring!!

Here are two of the 32 trees we planted in Boontjieskloof.

One year old cedar seedling.

One year old cedar seedling.

Two year old seedling

Two year old seedling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once we planted the trees we had lunch and headed down the mountain. When we got to the house we packed up and left for home. Some of us were tired but satisfied.

On cresting Pakhuis pass we were shown a spectacular sunset!

Cederberg sunset!

Cederberg sunset!

What a great finish to a wonderful weekend!

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