Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Winter Warm Up - July 2011

We hope you’re all keeping warm and healthy in this icy weather. The best thing about Gauteng winters are the gorgeous sunny days, perfect for Climbing, Hiking and Abseiling in the Magaliesberg!

You can do all of these adventures individually, but if you want a decadent all in one adventure that’ll give you a taste of all the excitement out there, join us on our Hike, Climb and Abseil Adventure. You don’t need any experience for this 3 in 1 adventure and we’ll give you the opportunity to GoVertical – up and down – with all the gear, guides and instruction. See below for details and email us to make a booking.

If you’re feeling really adventurous and join us in the Drakensberg to explore the best of the Berg in all its winter splendor, our Sentinel Peak Climb is magical on a clear winter day and of course seeing the Tugela Falls choked with ice as it tries to tumble over the Amphitheatre is a photographers delight! See out Amphitheatre Trek. We have a Northern Drakensberg Traverse in August that you still have time to get fit for, email us if you’re keen for a real challenge

We’ve introduced so many people to the fantastic world of climbing over the last few month’s that we’ve barely got time to do anything else, all of you, who’ve joined us on the Introductory Climbing course, grab a place on our Sport Climbing Course – it’s the second step – and you’ll be able to sun yourself on the crags whenever you want to, send us an email for details or to book. Want to get more serious? Enquire about our Technical Climbing Clinic, it’s a focused program to get you to improve your climbing dramatically.

Don’t forget your co-workers, if they’re getting cranky from being cooped up, book a day of adventure to get that office morale up! Email us for details on our Teambuilding.

Check out our Gauteng School of Mountaineering and Adventure training for info on professional courses for guides, advanced climbing courses and the rope skills courses for adventure racers, First Aid courses Check out the most recent adventure pics, you’re welcome to tag yourself or your friends, just follow the link from the front page of our website

Anyway if you want to join us for an adventure...
How to book:
WHEN- We work 365 days a year, 366 on leap years so please ask us if your specific date is available!
HOW – by email, all bookings are done via email info (at) govertical.co.za
WHO – Anyone, most adventures don’t require previous experience

Do the dates below suit you? If not, just request the dates that do, we’ll try to make a plan!

MAGALIESBERG ADVENTURES http://www.govertical.co.za/
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.
11, 25 June 3, 30 July

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.
18, 26 June 9,16, 24, 31 July

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.
5, 26 June, 10, 17 July

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. Over the edge for Vertical adventure and abseil into the gorge after finding a shady spot you’ve got time to rest and have a bit of lunch before heading back in the afternoon. A full day of Adventure, no experience necessary!
19 June 2, 17 July

A short hike brings you the adventure site, a gorge with great views of the Magaliesberg. Get your adrenalin fix climbing up the cliffs before going back over the edge on an abseil, great opportunity to experience Rock climbing and Abseiling, full day adventure no experience is necessary.
12, 16 June 3, 23 July

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.
4, 19 June 10, 24 July

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!
Sadly the guides just refuse to break the ice to swim through the gorge in winter, you’ll have to wait for October….

DRAKENSBERG ADVENTURES AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND, ENQUIRE FOR DATES
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 this 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

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.
23 July

NORTHERN DRAKENSBERG TRAVERSE
Rated as one of the top Treks in the world, join GoVertical as we trek from The Amphitheatre to Cathedral peak over 6 days, hard work, but the views and spectacular beauty of the isolated wilderness leave you with memories you’ll never forget. Wilderness camping with the last night in a mountain lodge, guided by GoVertical email us for details
17 – 23 August

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

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!

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
TOP ROPE SUPERVISOR
SINGLE PITCH ROCK CLIMBING
BASIC MOUNTAIN WALKING LEADER

Hope to see you in the mountains soon!