Santie is passionate about mountains and the conservation of fynbos. She is a qualified civil engineer and has been a member of BCSA Stellenbosch since 2012. She spends every spare moment in the mountains; her absolute favourite is still Swartboskloof in Jonkershoek. Her adventurous spirit has already taken her on many interesting and diverse mountain hikes, including to Breekkrants, Sneeuberg, Groot Winterhoek, Amatola, Groothoekkloof, Witels, Swartberg, Otter, the Fish River Canyon and many more in South Africa; to as far as Glittertind in Norway, the Copland route, Mt Taranaki and Tongariro in New Zealand, and, most recently, Piton des Neiges and Piton de la Fournaise on the Island of Reunion. She recently started the iNaturalist “Saving the bride” Project in Assegaaiboschkloof with a view to assisting the conservation of the natural home of the Blushing Brides.
Before arriving in Cape Town in 1981, I knew very little about any adventures in the mountains. It all started when John Moss of UCT asked me: “We will be doing some climbing up country, would you like to join us?”. From Exposure in “F” Major, Witteberg, to Klein Winterhoek Frontal, from Witels River to Visgat Canyon, from the Twins (39 times) to Groothoek Kloof (20 times), from sleeping over in Xanadu Cave to the Nepal Mêra Peak expedition in 2010 – all of this made possible by the comradeship of many mountain club members over the years. Having spent more than 600 days in the mountains, I enjoy sharing a little bit of these experiences in the mountains with our members.
Wim loves mountaineering. Especially when you have to start early and bundu-bash somewhere without having planned it. Also when you have to scramble so that others become scared. And to fell a pine tree or two. Even better if there are many snacks!
Peet is an outdoor person and loves all aspects of the mountains, but especially climbing, scrambling and kloofing. He has been to the Andes, Himalayas and Alps, and also to the New-Zealand Alps, Rockies, Great Escarp and Sierra Nevada.
Elsbeth’s first hike was in Grade 7 in the Magaliesberg. She has also done many hikes in the Drakensberg, Cedarberg, Blouberge and Cape Mountains, and also the Witels, Fish River Canyon and Brandberg in Namibia. She has even done rock climbing, for instance a few times on Table Mountain. She loves the Alps and has done a part of a GR5 route (Grand Randonnee) in thick snow on Mont Blanc. Other hikes include a 5-day route in France, as well as a route over the mountains from Switzerland to Italy. Her last hike was at the beginning of 2021 (Whale route) – after that she stopped climbing for health reasons.
Oan is passionate about rock climbing and has been enjoying it for 14 years. He has done an 8a boulder and also a 30 sports climb. He has climbed in many countries, including Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Botswana and Namibia. Spitzkoppe in Namibia remains a special love. His passion for photography has enabled him to win many prizes.
Dalene loves spending time in the mountains, especially doing trail running. A bit of bundu-bashing and scrambling is also always enjoyable when exploring. She has been a volunteer with the MCSA HH Mountain Rescue team, where her ability in the mountain and technical skills are fully utilised. She has explored solo routes and mountains in Kyrgyzstan, and has also travelled all the way from Cape Town to Zanzibar using public transport – she hopes to explore many more mountains abroad.
My “happy space” is to explore a new route, hunt for snow or undertake multi-day hikes where I know that everything I need to survive is in my rucksack on my back. But the cherry on the cake is kloofing, to hang on a rope next to a waterfall of 60m. Then there is fresh air in my lungs, adrenaline pumps through my veins and I enjoy life to the full! It is really enjoyable to give back to the mountains; recently I have learnt to love hacking and to remove alien plants or trees. There is always a bit of exploring, discovering and adventure going hand in hand with the hard work.
Nardus enjoys every aspect of mountaineering. He knows the mountains of the Boland and Peninsula fairly well and broadens his knowledge every year. He especially loves the Groot Winterhoek and Hex River mountains.
Hans has had a love for the mountains and nature from a very young age. He is a mechanical engineer and, apart from hiking and mountaineering, enjoys mountain biking and loves kloofing and jogging . He recently (nearly) completed the Drakensberg Grand Traverse and would like to do a long hike like the Pacific Crest Trail. He has done many routes, including the Outeniqua, Tsitsikamma, Amatola, Magoebaskloof, West Coast Trail (Canada) and too many sleepover routes to mention. He would like to do more exploration in the Cederberg and to return to Patagonia as soon as international travel is back to normal. His favourite local route is Swartboskloof Sosyskloof in Jonkershoek, while he highly recommends Groot Winterhoek for a sleepover trip; the pool at Die Hel is really something to experience.