First-Class Hike

18-19 June 2024

Aim Of The Hike

The objective for this hike is to complete First-Class Task 8, where you have to plan and lead an expedition covering at least 20km over a minimum of 2 days.

A secondary objective is to give some scouts that couldn't go on other hikes an opportunity to come on this one and gain advancement.

I would also like to show the attendees some interesting places on Table Mountain without having to endure an overly difficult route.

Map of route

This map shows the planned route, as well as points of interest, escape routes and alternate routes in the case of bad weather. The total distance is approximately 21km.

A GPX File is downloaded on my phone as well as my brother's. I will use the app to track the route.

Please open the digital map in full screen to see the key.

Day 1: 

The hike starts at Constantia Nek. The route goes up constantia nek trail and then follows constantia corner up to Camel Rock, continuing along the trail.  There should eventually be a concrete road. Follow the road for 400m and then turn onto the trail on the left. Stay on that path, behind the dams, past Nursery Ravine and Skeleton Gorge,  behind Junction Peak and continue to Maclear's Beacon.  This is a good spot to eat lunch. Follow the maps on the path to Platteklip Gorge, walking along the edge of the mountain.  Once at Platteklip Gorge, follow the Echo Valley path, ultimately joining up to Aqueduct. Walk down the trail on the right, heading down hill, and keep right at the following fork. There should be a Jeep track. Walk along that until reaching the Scout Hut. This concludes the first day.


In the case of bad weather we may ascend via the Jeep Track. We may also follow the paved road to the dams and Scout Hut.  If possible we will follow the original path. The alternate routes are designed to intersect the main route at multiple places so that the best choice can be made.  If necessary the loop near the top can be skipped and we can hike straight to the hut. 

Hike Time Sheet

Day 2:

Day 2 starts at the Scout Hut. Facing away from the door, follow the path to the right. Walk along this path and then turn Right. Follow through the Valley of the Red Gods, Isolation Valley, Ark Valley and Echo Valley. Hike up to the top of Platteklip Gorge and turn left to the Cable Station. Try to keep on the path that runs along the edge of the mountain. It should fork off to the right. Follow this path to the Upper Cable Station. Take a loop at the station and head back to Platteklip. Hike down Platteklip Gorge. At the contour path, turn left. Follow the contour path until reaching India Venster, then hike down to the Lower Cable Station. The hike ends at Tafelberg Road.


In the case of bad weather we will descend via Kasteelspoort and end at Theresa Avenue. 

Hike Time Sheet Day 2

Weather - Day 1 and Day 2

The weather is looking bad at the moment. I have alerted the hiking party of the bad weather.

If the weather is still bad the hike will be postponed until September. 

I have plotted some alternate routes for bad weather drawn in purple on the digital map and blue on the 1:20000 Scale map. If a section of the route is deemed unsafe we will follow the alternate routes, prioritizing safety.

There are no fires on Table Mountain at this time.

Personal Kit List

Essential Gear:


Remember. 1l of water weighs 1kg

Patrol Kit List

Food Items (To be split evenly)

Compass (Carried by a junior)

1:20 000 Scale Map (Carried by myself)

Pens (Carried by All)

First Aid Kit (Carried by Aaron Collins)

Logbook (Carried by myself)

Power Bank (Carried by myself)

First Aid Kit Contents


Michael Collins -  Age: 17 -  Strong hiker, average fitness - Discoverer

Aaron Collins -  Age: 14 -  Somewhat strong hiker, average fitness - Traveler

Daniel Webb -  Age: 16 -  Somewhat strong hiker, good fitness          -  Traveler

Rephael Korn -  Age: 14 - Average hiker, average fitness - Membership

Lili Collins -  Age: 13 -  Strong hiker, good fitness  - Membership

Kate Ball -  Age: 13/14 - Somewhat strong hiker, average fitness  - Membership

Sarah Ball -  Age: 13/14 -  Somewhat strong hiker, average fitness  - Membership

I have verified that all participants can swim, but there will be no water activities.


Day 1:


Packed lunch (Preferably sandwiches)


Veg Curry + Hot Chocolate

Chocolate Pudding

Day 2


Stovetop Oats + Honey


ProVita + Peanut Butter, Fruit

First Class Budgeting

Hut Booking Form

SMC Hut form Completed.docx



Outdoor Code

Animals on Table Mountain

Table Mountain, a biodiversity hotspot, is home to a remarkable array of fauna. Among its inhabitants are the rock hyrax, locally known as the dassie, which scampers among the rocks. Various bird species grace the skies, including the endangered African peregrine falcon and the colorful orange-breasted sunbird. The mountain's slopes host a diversity of reptiles, such as the Cape dwarf chameleon and the Cape cobra. In the surrounding seas, one can spot marine life like dolphins and seals. This unique ecosystem makes Table Mountain a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists alike.

Plants on Table Mountain

Table Mountain boasts a rich tapestry of flora, showcasing a stunning array of indigenous plant species. Among its botanical treasures are the resilient fynbos, a unique Mediterranean-like vegetation found nowhere else on Earth, which includes proteas, ericas, and restios. The mountain's slopes also feature patches of lush indigenous forest, home to tree species like yellowwoods and Cape beech. Alongside these, one can find a variety of succulents, such as aloes and vygies, clinging to the rocky terrain. This diverse botanical landscape contributes to Table Mountain's status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a biodiversity hotspot, offering visitors a glimpse into the beauty and resilience of South Africa's natural heritage.

Reigional Emergency Procedure


What I will do in an emergency

Medical Emergency:

I would take control of the situation and instruct in the administration of first aid

If there is cellphone reception I would ensure that the emergency contact is contacted

If there is not cellphone reception I would send a group of three people to find a place where there is signal

We will maintain the buddy system at all times.

If unable to evacuate we will find a safe area and wait for assistance to arrive.

I have First Aid Interest. The first aider for the hike has Scoutcraft, which should cover all necessary skills.

Hypothermia: Symptoms include shivering, slow breathing, mental confusion, and a weak pulse. The key to recovery is to get warm as soon as possible.  Treatment - Warm them up slowly. Remove wet clothing and insulate them from the ground to reduce loss of body heat.  Give the patient plenty of food and water


If there is a fire impacting our plans we will evacuate using the nearest planned escape route.

There will be no open fires lit.

According to AFIS there are no fires on Table Mountain.


If there is an attempted mugging we will comply with the mugger/s to ensure physical safety.

We will make use of the escape routes and contact the emergency contacts.

Bad Weather:

The safest route will be decided from the alternate-safety routes. 

We will follow this route.

If the end location changes, we will be in constant contact with parents to coordinate a safe end.

The hike may be postponed if weather is bad.

Getting Lost:

Due to the clouds there is a possibility of losing the path. To mitigate this, I will check the location with a digital map on my phone periodically to make sure we are on the correct path. If not, we will walk back the way we came and try to find the correct route.

Safety of participants is prioritised.

Emergency Information

Emergency Contact: Sebastian Haug (0817300782)

First Aider: Aaron Collins - Experience Level 1

Nearest Hospitals: Life Vincent Palotti Hospital, Mediclinic Constantiaberg Hospital

Emergency Numbers: WSAR - 021 937 0300

CT Call Centre - 021 480 7700

CSO - 086 18 911 18

What constitutes an emergency: Injury, Fire, Risk to wellbeing

Escape Routes: Marked with an orange path on the map above. 

Contact details of all Regional Hiking advisors have been added to phones.