University of the 3rd Age (U3A), Cape Town,
  
Walking, Hiking and Climbing Groups
 

The following are the hiking and walking groups affiliated to the Cape Town and False Bay branches of U3A.  (Tygerberg and Somerset West branches also have hiking and walking groups which are not listed here.) A member of any U3A branch is welcome to hike with any group subject to there being space available (some groups are full). Some groups start at a fixed time every week and others vary according to the route. Most groups go out every week.  


A visitor or new to Cape Town?   See www.mountain-meanders.com for background information on the Cape Mountains, routes, safety, grading and much more.

  • Mondays 
    • Mountain Mondays - reasonably energetic hiking.  Jack Dunwoody, tel  021 797 5199 or dunwoody_j@intekom.co.za.  Every Monday at 08h00
    • Flat Earth Walks - easy, scenic walks on the level of 2-3 hours, with every second week on a beach. Partridge Gardner, tel  021 701 2929 or mailto:partridge.gardner@lineone.net  Every Monday at 09:00
  • Tuesdays
    • Cape Mountains for the Curious and Adventurous (CMCA) - longer walks (5-9 hours) usually involving rock scrambling. See http://tinyurl.com/U3A-CT-CMCA for the current programme.   Tony Heher  tel 021 794 5730 or 082 654  5582 or tony.heher@gmail.com or Martyn Trainor 021 786 2625 or martyn@worldonline.co.za
    • Flying Tortoises - 3 to 4 hour easy walks.  Norman Reynolds 021 785 3593, norgrey2013@gmail.com or Brian Moore 021 782 3386, jennyandbrian@telkomsa.net   Every Tuesday at 08h00  
    • Peninsular Mountain Wanderers - for the reasonably fit. Jim Doyle 021 713 3288. jimdoyle5678@gmail.com   Every Tuesday  08h15
  • Wednesdays
    • Fynbos Rambles -  Nature Walks. Easy walks exploring the flora of the Cape. Sheila Robinson <sheijohn@telkomsa.net> or tel  021 782 0773
    • Hiking for the moderately fit early birds - requires a reasonable level of fitness - and a liking for an early start!  John and Gail Hallett, tel  021 671 3384  or  072 462 6050[J]  or 083 655 8388[G].
      E-mail to    john.hallett@webmail.co.za 
    • Sunshine Walking Group - Fairly easy walks. The group is only for members with internet access - no lists are printed. Register with w.a.behr@gmail.com - or contact David Brookes davidbrookes@telkomsa.net Every week 09h00 (before sunrise on False Bay Monthly Meetings weeks.)

  • Fridays 
    • Mountain Meanders - moderate to more strenuous walks, typically 3-5 hours. Allen Lang allen1951@intekom.co.za  tel 021689 5030
    • Songololo Stompers - moderate walks - dogs very welcome. 3.5 to 4 hours. Arthur & Francis Smith 021 782 4228, atsmith0001@gmail.com.
    • Slowly Up The Hills Walking Group - 2 to 3 hours. Dogs very welcome. Brian Moore jennyandbrian@telkomsa.net 021 782 3386 or Rupert Speyer bear@adept.co.za 021 762 6856 Every Friday at 09h00. Note: If you are unsure of your walking ability, this is a good group to start with. 
    • Wacky Walkers - 4 to 5 hour moderate walks most weeks 09h00, some day away trips and 'overnighters' to explore interesting venues. Fi Skennerton 021 785 4174, fi-fishhoek@mweb.co.za or Barry Hildebrand 021 794 3431 barry.hildebrand@gmail.com

  • Every full moon 
    • Moonshine Walking Group  . Late afternoon walk to enjoy sunset, moonrise and supper, at the destination, followed by a walk back by moonlight. Duration: 3 to 4 hours. Easy walks from April to October (level 0). Mountain walks from November to March (levels 1 to 2). Contact Walter Behr 0787594524 w.a.behr@gmail.com or David Brookes 083 442 7783 davidbrookes@telkomsa.net
    Standard of hikes and walksEach group has a typical range of difficulty with lots of overlap i.e. there are not hard and fast boundaries between the different groups.  It is important that your ability is a reasonable match to that of the group - for your enjoyment and that of the group.  If in doubt, start by trying an easier walk and then "graduate" to the more difficult. Many participants hike with more than one group - that is quite OK. The page Guide to the type of walks done by each group summarizes the types of outings done by each group, but if in doubt, call and ask.
     
    If you don't find the combination of day of the week and walk difficulty that suits you, feel free to start a new group!  It is a simple and easy process and any of the convenors will help you get going. The groups provide good companionship and safety.  There have been no incidents in the course of 1000's of meets in the past 10 years. Note that there is a demand for places in some groups with an expectation that you will walk regularly.  Those who come out infrequently may find they are dropped from the respective mailing list. NB See also the notes on the Guides to Groups page about getting into "full" groups.  It is possible, but participants need to demonstrate their commitment! 

     

    Programme: The current programme for each group is sent out by email. If you wish to receive updates, please contact the relevant group leader.  Generally only email notices are issued so if you are not on email, you will need to call to find out what is happening.  Some groups issue a programme a few weeks in advance but many work on a week-by-week basis enabling the route to be tailored to the weather. Want to check the weather yourself? Windguru and Windfinder are useful sites. 

    Location: Walks tend to be mainly on Table Mountain and the Peninsula (Steenberg, Simonstown, Cape Point, etc) but Cape country routes are also done by some groups. Many groups share transport, especially for walks that are further afield, so generally it is better to call and confirm attendance. (Some groups do not require this - check with the relevant leader.) 


    Details of other Greater Cape Town U3A Hiking Groups have been added and Blaauwberg hikers are now listed above (Saturdays) whilst hikers of U3A Helderberg have their own website at http://www.nabuco.ch/~hiker.u3a//home/Welcome.html


    Membership of U3A and Cost: It is a requirement that all participants are members of U3A, although visitors (local and international) are welcome.  See the U3A website at http://u3a.org.za/ for further details. At  R30 pa (False Bay) or R40 pa (CT) the U3A fees are nominal.  There is also a nominal charge per outing which is collected by the course convenor who sends the relevant fees to U3A.  Charges vary from R1 to R5 outing.  To avoid collecting small amounts each week some leaders accept a lump sum payment for the year.  Consult the relevant course convenor for more details. Charges for non-U3A visitors are at the discretion of the leader - typically R10/outing. Prior to joining a group or walking as a visitor, the group leader will require that you complete an appropriate indemnity form.

     

    Sharing of travel costs: If obtaining a lift, it is a requirement that you contribute to the travel costs unless the members of the group alternate cars and agree to waive costs.  These may be specified in the meet description, or use the spreadsheet attached below.

     Indemnity: By my participation in any activities held under the auspices of the  University of the Third Age (U3A), or sanctioned by U3A, I indemnify and absolve the U3A and individual members from any liability of any nature whatsoever and howsoever caused to me which may arise from any injury, illness, damage, loss, mishap, accident, or other occurrence. I acknowledge that I am aware of the risks to which I might be exposed as a result of such participation and voluntarily accept such risks.

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    Tony Heher,
    2 Apr 2014, 00:19