Sunday, January 2, 2011

An Adventurous start for the new year - January 2011

GoVertical is delighted to welcome the New Year, 2011 promises to be full of adventure, exploration and magical mountains! We want you to enjoy it with us. In the moments between adventures during the “Holidays”, we did a bit of “work” , the office kind at least, So, we’ve got a new look website – check it out on http://www.blogger.com/www.govertical.co.za%20%20 our New Gauteng School of Mountaineering and Adventure Training is up and running with the first professional courses being held on the 10th of January AND the photo gallery has finally been done, to check out the photos, follow the link on the first page

With all this rain we have a Crocodile River that’s pretty wild, very cool if you want to enjoy the rapids and the gorge for Kloofing has had waterfalls pouring over just about every ledge, it’s amazing. Don’t forget about Rock climbing and Abseiling, got quite a few of those coming up and hey, those of you who need to work off the Christmas dinner and have done the Basic Rock course, book your Sport Course!!

We are thrilled, we’ve got loads of trips to the Drakensberg lined up, there’s a really cool overnight Trek to Thabana Ntlenyana (The highest peak in the Drakensberg) which includes the 4x4 trip up Sani Pass AND a stop at Sani Top Chalet for a drink at South Africa’s highest pub, on the way down, it’s in a week or so time 19th/ 20th Jan, book quickly!!!

KILIMANJARO! Yip end of July it is, are you fit, are you keen have you booked yet? We can’t wait to get back up to the Summit of Africa, please join us, it’s a blast! July’s trip is on the Machame Route, you just can’t beat it, well unless you want to climb Mt Kenya, check out that new page. Of course if you have another date in mind, we’ll take you then, there may be one in September too.

If you’re keen on Adventure Guiding, want more info or want to work for GoVertical or in the industry, check out the new guiding page on GoVertical’s website or email us for more info.

Anyway if you want to join us for an adventure...
How to book:
We work 365 days a year, 366 on leap years so if there are 2 of you book any adventure for any date!
OR
By yourself? Don't stress join one of the scheduled adventures below.
AND
We probably haven't made a mistake with the dates, we do run more than one adventure on a day, so if you have a date & adventure in mind just ask.

MAGALIESBERG ADVENTURES
ABSEILING
Abseiling is the best - maximum thrill for minimum effort. No strength or real fitness needed, just a desire for vertical adventure! We'll give you the knowledge, instruction and gear to thoroughly enjoy abseiling all you need to bring is your confidence! Half day adventure near Magaliesburg.
7, 22 January 6 February

BASIC ROCK CLIMBING COURSE
Join us in the Magaliesberg and discover your natural talent for climbing. This course is great for beginners and those whose skills have rusted! After teaching you the safety and the rope skills needed to enjoy this challenging sport, you will spend as much time as you like developing your rock climbing ability on the Magaliesberg cliffs. Full day adventure.
29 January 6, 27 February

SPORT CLIMBING COURSE
This is step 2 after the introductory course, a half day at the sport crags to get you climbing and leading with your partner on bolted routes. Short walk in, lots of climbs and more info on gear. Available to anyone who's done our Beginners rock climbing course.
February……

HIKE AND ABSEIL
A scenic hike to the top of the huge Magaliesberg cliffs, exploring the Escarpment with great views over the valley and beautiful wind sculpted rock formations, soaring vultures and elusive black eagles. After a relaxing hikers lunch we go vertical over a free fall abseil and then back through the woodland in the afternoon. A full day of Adventure, no experience necessary!
26 February
RIVER RAFTING WITH ABSEIL
Start off your adventure with an awesome abseil overlooking the Crocodile river, then gear up and head for the river. Paddle down the Crocodile River in 2 man inflatable raft towards Hartebeespoort Dam, the rapids are grade 1 and 2 and suitable for anyone. No experience necessary, all gear provided, you don't even need to know how to swim.
9, 15, 23 January 6,12, 26 February

KLOOFING
An awesome adventure in a river gorge in the Magaliesberg! Starting with a sunny hike up the Magalies, we enter the waterway through forest and continue upstream in the cool gorge. After lunch the vertical adventures abound, clambering over boulders, wading through pools, smooth rock bum slide, an abseil down a waterfall and a great plunge pool, this is an adrenalin filled adventure for the fit and adventurous!
8, 16, 23, 30 January 5, 13, 19, 27 February
AMPHITHEATRE TREK (3 days)
Hiking, camping, climbing and abseiling in the Northern Drakensberg, a great way to explore the magnificent Amphitheatre, we're going in January and you are welcome to join us, it's a great way to start the year! To make the most of theis scenic trip it's great to be an active and fit person who enjoys a bit of wilderness camping. Curious? I'll send you details, some pics of the area the mountaineering page on our website
15 – 17 January  8 – 11 February

SENTINEL PEAK CLIMB
An early start for this day climb of the Sentinel peak 3065m. It is a technical climb of the highest freestanding peak in the Northern Drakensberg. The climb is great, not too difficult, we do recommend our Introductory Climbing course to get you into the swing of things. fit and comfortable with heights will enjoy it. We provide all the adventure gear . The views are awesome and reaching the summit is fantastic! Email us for details.
5 – 6 March

THABANA NTLENYANA
An overnight trek to the highest peak in the Drakensberg, 3482m, beautiful views, crisp air a great to go up Sani Pass. Email us for details
19 - 20 January

DRAKENSBERG DAY HIKES
Explore the Amphitheatre on the first day and the stunning Worlds View on the second, accommodation in a local mountain lodge, no heavy bags!


AFRICAN EXPEDITIONS

KILIMANJARO - Machame Route - A rewarding route exploring the West of Kibo, passing Shira and then round the South to summit via Stella Point . If you want to join us, now's the time to book and now's the time to start your training! This is a beautiful scenic route, don't miss out!
10 – 18 July or any date you have in mind.

MT KENYA – Chogoria route & North Face Standard Route – Sheer rock, awesome exposure, high altitude tarns, equatorial glaciers and unbelievable scenery. A great combination of high altitude trekking and rock climbing.
July - or any date you have in mind.

ABSEIL SUPERVISOR 10 – 14 JANUARY
TOP ROPE SUPERVISOR 17 & 18TH JANUARY
SINGLE PITCH ROCK CLIMBING 20 & 21 JANUARY
BASIC MOUNTAIN WALKING LEADER 24 – 28 JANUARY

Hope to see you in the mountains soon!