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Kloofing / Canyoning across SA April & May

Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:43 pm
by Gregor
Experienced and well-equipped partners sought for visits to Sekororo, Sabie area, Eshowe, Central 'Berg, Swellendam, Stellenbosch. 2nd half of April & 1st half of May.

Re: Kloofing / Canyoning across SA April & May

Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:31 am
by visitron
Chilly...

Re: Kloofing / Canyoning across SA April & May

Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:54 am
by Justin
How experienced and how well equipped? Should the person have their own rope? Certainly their own wetsuit.
River levels will be slightly higher this time of year I expect?

Re: Kloofing / Canyoning across SA April & May

Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:04 pm
by Gregor
By that I mean proficient at abseiling, general ropework, scrambling and swimming. A full wetsuit is essential as is a harness, helmet, cowstails and durable drybag. Depending on the kloof and conditions, a bouyancy aid, neoprene gloves and socks may be appropriate. No hiking rucksack, only purpose-made bags with drainage holes. An extra rope in a drybag is ideal in case one gets caught up the creek with a stuck rope!

Re: Kloofing / Canyoning across SA April & May

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:49 am
by Nic Le Maitre
I've done lots of kloofing around the Stellenbosch/Worcester area, which kloofs are you planning on doing?

It is going to be COLD!

Re: Kloofing / Canyoning across SA April & May

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:06 pm
by Gregor
Yes, I expect it to be cold. I did a few trips in Scotland in March, which I expect was a lot colder than a Western Cape Autumn. With the right equipment, preparation and strategy I think the cold will be acceptable. The Europeans continue canyoning throughout the Winter, and sometimes use ice anchors! Why don't we? Of course the seasonal rainfall is a major consideration.

Re: Kloofing / Canyoning across SA April & May

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:37 pm
by ShaunW
hey Greg im keen. I have a 70m x 9mm static rope for kloofing and all personal gear. keen to do some of the swellendam kloofs. send me a mail. shaun at rammountain dot co dot za.

cheers

Re: Kloofing / Canyoning across SA April & May

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:07 pm
by Chris F
Gregor wrote:Yes, I expect it to be cold. I did a few trips in Scotland in March, which I expect was a lot colder than a Western Cape Autumn.


Definition of cold is all down to perception and equipment!