May/June 2004 Newsletter
So how do you like the new front page? Bet you
did’nt even notice. I am going to call an extraordinary general
meeting and fire you all. Not one of you sent in any thoughts as to
what you want the newsletter to be. Where are the reports about a hike
you had been on? Are you all asleep out there? What am I missing?
You have heard the saying “Two’s
company three’s a crowd”? Well a “company” met
Conrad on a Saturday to walk with him to Bonteberg in the Cape Point
reserve. The “crowd” had a most interesting walk in a part
of the reserve not often visited. I don’t think anyone will visit
it soon again so you missed out again.
Our Easter visit to Simonskloof was spectacular.
The place deserves another visit. Next time we will do a long hike from
Simonskloof to Nuy. It’s a long 22km along the Nuy River gorge.
So listen up guys,don't disappoint me again.
Please send in articles, reports, any thing re hiking. Don’t
worry about spelling the computer takes care of that.
Have a good day now.
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You probably all know by now that beer makes up
quite a large part of my life. So when I came upon some historical
notes about beer I thought you might want to know about it.
In the 17th century, beer was the most important
drink in Dutch society. It was their favourite tipple, at the breakfast
table as well as in their taverns. Apart from its dietary and
nutritional function it served as the essential social lubricant,
sealing deals, soothing and cementing relationships, and serving as an
important part of the rituals of society. There were, therefore, both
cultural and economic reasons behind the decision of the Heeren XV11
(rulers of the Dutch East India Company) to improve the quality of beer
in the Cape by sending out an experienced brewer.
So Rutgert Menssink, his wife Gerbregt and his son
Willem, arrived in 1695. Rutgert was given Papenboom, some 30 morgen
between Rondebosch and Newlands, on the Liesbeeck River.The Cape
government “gave” him all the necessary items to enable him
to brew beer even two large brewing kettles. Earlier attempts at beer
making. in the European style, had been tried with no success.
Knowledge of brewing techniques was fairly widespread amongst the Dutch
and a certain domestic production known as “sugar beer”
circulated throughout the colony. Van Riebeeck himself had made beer in
1658. True malt beer was hard to make, mainly because of the difficulty
of obtaining ingredients. Hops had to be imported dried. Rutgert had
tried to bring some plants with him, but they rotted during the voyage.
By January 1697 the brewery at Papenboom was
functional and Rutgert had produced his first brew of Cape malt beer.
All was not well however. There were complaints that the beer was sour
and undrinkable. The Cape authorities agreed that the beer was often
“muddy and unhealthy, and hardly preservable for five days”
The years 1696 and 1697 had been years of harvest
failure and on 26 July 1698 the brewery had to shut down due to
shortage of material. Sometime in 1700 Rutgert died. His wife Gerbregt
inherited the brewery . She continued brewing but the shortage of
materials made brewing a troublesome and risky business and by the end
of 1712 it ceased.
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WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS!!!!!!!!!
Mare Ascott, Ethnee Hepburn, Irene Upton, Merle
Reynolds, Alex Reynolds, Farouk McWhite, Edwina Lovell, Vasco de
Gouveia. May we wish you all great hiking.
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A hike with a difference! We parked at Ian’s
house and hiked from there (no shuffling of cars) into the Baskloof
Private Nature Reserve and found the Jeep track on top of the mountain.
We followed this track past the “hidden house” (a dwelling
built into the rocks and well camouflaged) towards Ocean View. The
fynbos was exceptional, there were a surprising number of flowers out
for this time of the year.
Leaving the track we headed for Kleinplaasie Dam
where we had tea and a chat. Democratedly we decided against peak
bagging and left Grootkop for another time. A glowing braai fire
welcomed us back-the doings of Peter P who had decided on a shorter
walk. Julie and Anne R came especially for the braai.
The star-studded sky caused much comment and
admiration. Perhaps it was more impressive because Scarborough had a
blackout as the result of a power failure. Candlelight is so flattering.
A great hike, a great party, much laughter, much
food, much wine, great companions. What better way to finish a special
Ed’s comment. —What was advertised as
unlimited became restricted because the owners of the land placed a
limit on numbers. There was a lot of interest in this hike and to those
who were refused, Ian extends his apologies.
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TONY’S SUTHER PEAK. 23/5/2004
I am convinced that this mountain does not want us
on it. I have tried twice, Derrick tried from the other side and now
Tony has been refused. Each time we try, this peak covers itself with
thick cloud. Tony had an alternate plan. He had us shuffel cars and
started us from Constantia nek. Sue was not feeling so well so Brian
took her up the Vlakkenberg path while the rest of us took the Three
Rocky peaks route.
Parks Board has been very busy on the paths in
this area. What was a sandy path is now almost a paved path, what with
all the stones they have used. On a marshy area they have built wooden
We were to have lunch at the manganese mine but
Tony turned off the path. Yvonne, Tommy and I kept to the path. We
three had lunch at the mine, I don’t know where the rest of them
Back to the cars we left at East Fort and
eventually back to Constantia Nek where we quenched our thirst next to
the fire in the restaurant. Thanks Tony and all you others, it was a
great day’s hiking.
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MID WINTER DINNER. 25 JUNE.
BOY O BOY O BOY!!! IT’S MID WINTER. SHORTEST
DAY HAS COME AND WILL BE GONE. GET OUT YOUR WOOLIES AND JOIN YOUR
CHAIRLADY AT DINNER AT FRATELLIES, MAIN ROAD RONDEBOSCH. (Opposite the
Presidents house Groote Schuur). YOU MUST PHONE DENISE TO BOOK.
FRATELLIES BOASTS A VERSITILE REASONABLY PRICED MENU. BOOKING STARTS ON
17TH JUNE AND ENDS 23RD JUNE. DENISE SAYS THERE IS A TABLE FOR 20.
FIRST COME FIRST ON.
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DERRICK’S ORANGE KLOOF AND CAVEMANS
Tony Burton writes. Derrick, your walk was outstanding and must be
recorded as one of the best day hikes I have ever done.” Room
with a view” and what a view! Orange kloof has been restricted to
hikers and so has kept an ace up it’s sleeve and presented us
with a hike to be savoured and remembered forever. Sliding our slim
bodies through cracks in the mountain was exciting, small boobs also
helped. Thank you Derrick for taking our honoured group closer to
heaven for a day. (I wonder if this is the same Tony Burton I know,
slim body? Ed.)
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- When you go on a hike measure the portions
you’ll need when you pack. This will save you carrying extra
weight and space.
- Mix some ingredients together. Mix raisins with
your mueslie and powdered milk with your coffee.
- To make muffins while camping. Cut an orange
in half and eat the fruit-don’t damage the skin. Prepare some
ready mix muffin mix and spoon the mixture into one half of the peel.
Place the other half of the peel on top to make the orange whole again
and wrap in foil. Cook in the fire.
- Final tip. Avoid cotton clothing because it
absorbs moisture and in winter can lead to hypothermia.
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TOMMY'S PORCUPINE RAVINE.16/5/2004
All of Cape Town’s hiking fraternity decided
to start from Teresa Av. This is what it looked like with all the cars
parked there. Parking was at a premium. All parked and correctly kitted
out Tommy led the TCSA members onto the contour path. The path to
Diagonal was eventually reached and we headed up. “Breath
taking” view stops were taken regularly as it is quite a steep
hike in places. The small rock scramble near the top was successfully
negotiated. At the top we were met by Fritz who had started much
earlier than the rest of us. The path to the Valley of the Red Gods was
very muddy and there were a few mutterings from the ladies. Lunch was
taken on the top of a small koppie with spectacular views. Our descent
down Kasteelspoort was incident free. We were down by about 3: 30 pm. A
very enjoyable hike, thank you Tommy. Peter P
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TONY’S TABLE MOUNTAIN CLASSIC
Well if I had not been there I would not have
believed it. Twenty six people turned up for this long walk. You all
know who you are so I am not going to name you all. People just kept on
arriving at Constantia nek. Jaap was there with MCSA members. He asked
where we were going to ascend and when I told him we were taking the
elevator, he thought I was joking. MCSA would never take the elevator.
Anyway back to my story. I rose early and attended
to my morning hygiene in a state of small excitation because it was a
big day I had ahead of me. Tony had tried this one three times before
with no luck. The god’s did not favour him with weather,the
cableway was'nt working, so with one thing or the other he had had no
luck and this was to be his fourth try.
Once on top we strode off along the flat
mountaintop towards Maclears beacon where we stopped for a drink. Old
Jannie Smuts’ track was then taken and all went well till we
reached the dams. We had reached the concrete road and did not want to
walk on it so we turned off. This path takes one to Ash Valley but
there is a fork and if one knows one takes the right hand prong and
ends up at Victoria reservoir. But we turned left. Also we had not kept
the TEC in sight so poor old Fritz had no idea where we had gone. By
the time we noticed he and Corrie and Vic were missing , we were miles
ahead. We waited and waited. After half an hour Brian retraced our
steps found Corrie but not the others. Fritz found his way to the Magic
Forest ,but of course we were all missing as we were waiting in Ash
Valley. All’s well that ends well because after lunch we found
the two men.
We followed the road back to Constantia Corner.
There were too many tired people to go via Eagles Nest. To make it an
extreemly enjoyable day everyone ended up at the restaurant for drinks.
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