Directions and route details
The routes start at different places, but in both cases you are to meet at the RBHS parking lot next to the pool. Please note that there are two different departure arrangements depending on whether you have an am hike or a pm hike:
Meet at 1:30pm on the day on which your hike commences, to be able to leave there
at 2:00pm and begin hiking at about 2:45pm.
Meet at 7am on the day on which your hike commences, to be able to leave there at 7:30am and begin hiking by about 8am.
Please note that no group will leave Rondebosch until all boys have arrived, so please arrive on time.
Going up via Bel Ombre from Constantia circle, across onto Smuts Track, left turn at the Aqueduct, down past Junction pools, past the Waterworks Museum and on to the Scout Hut. The return trip will be across Woodhead Dam wall, left turn to Nursery and down Nursery Ravine, returning to Constantia circle via the contour path.
Starting at Newlands Forest, up through Skeleton Gorge and then right on to Smuts towards Maclears Beacon – to either turn left along the aqueduct or further along into Echo Valley. I’ll work in a sequence of scenarios to challenge them along the way as well – as you have mentioned below. Down via Nursery and escape along the jeep track to C/Nek
The two routes will be clear to the boys, and all guides will know precisely where they are going. You will be told which route you are going on, but please note that the two routes are very different. Although these are two of the easier routes up the mountain and are only expected to take them 2-3 hours, it is stressed that the boys will still need to be relatively fit to find it enjoyable, so please ensure that they are prepared for their time on the mountain and that they pack as lightly as possible.