Sunday, July 22, 2012

Winter Charm


Hi Everyone

Winters not all drab browns, veld fires and icy wind. Down here in Knysna on the garden route the mountain views go on forever – excellent for a Rock Climbing weekend in Montagu! The Knysna Lagoon is so still that the only thing creating ripples is our kayaks – enjoy it on our Knysna Adventure Trail and out in the ocean, the whales have come to our shores – enjoy them on one of our Sea and Summit trips.

Now if you’re sitting in Jozi and just can’t get down to us, head a little north to the Magaliesberg mountains for some clear air and warm rock, perfect for Climbing or Abseiling Adventures – Also remember that soon – winter will be over and Team building season starts, get yours organised now!

The Drakensberg is spectacular in any season, we’ve got plenty of trekking and climbing trips happening, don’t forget that the Drakensberg is the perfect place to train for Kilimanjaro – have a look at our Thabana Ntlenayana Trips!

Check out our adventures for your area on www.govertical.co.za or have a look at the suggested list below

GARDEN ROUTE ADVENTURES: Our Knysna Adventure Trail is breathtaking at the moment. We start off with the morning mists hovering over the lagoon as we dip pour paddles into the glassy water, the sun burns up all the mist and the views from the canoes are spectacular. After a half day of canoeing we enjoy a lunch before heading off to the ocean for a lazy beach walk. It’s a really chilled out adventure, just the perfect antidote to winter.

If you’ve got a bit more time, join us for the Knysna Slack Packing Trail, a day of canoeing, a day of magnificent beaches and then some forest walking to round off you trip, all meals, accommodation and luggage transport provided for you!

Our day adventures of Abseiling, Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Guided Hiking and Kloofing are available to thrill, chill or challenge you 7 days a week and they’re great if you only have a day or two to spare..

Looking for a little corporate ‘timeout’? Put the team through our Canoe Challenge on the Knysna Lagoon – hey, if you’re from out of town, let us know, we’ll arrange the whole thing for you, flights, transfers accommodation and of course ADVENTURE! Browse through the adventure diary below and let us know if you’re keen to join us – or tell us what dates you have available.

GAUTENG ADVENTURES: Winter rock climbing is the most popular option right now, sign up for that Sport Climbing course, you loved the Intro course, this ones even better! The winters been so ,mild that our Abseil and rafting combo is in demand too! Have you had your adrenalin fix at our Abseiling site in Cullinan – conveniently close to Pretoria? It’s fantastic, an excellent option for an adventurous Birthday Party or even a corporate day out. The popular introductory special at this site is still available till August this year. TEAMBUILDING – from small groups to groups of over a hundred, you are welcome to join us in the mountains and on the water for a fun filled day of corporate adventure. Email us for the details. All our adventures are available every day of the week.

DRAKENSBERG ADVENTURES: Head to the heights of our magnificent Drakensberg. We’ve had some great snow, a treat if you’re up there for the winter experience. Check out some of the latest Drakensberg treks, if the pictures tweak your interest, join us for the real splendour of these mountains, we’ve got plenty of trips to join and if you have specific dates in mind, just let us know. Don’t forget about the ultimate South African trekking experience The Drakensberg Grand Traverse – but only if you keen for a challenge.

ADVENTURE CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS: see below for awesome opportunities to enjoy the outdoors this year, Remember ALL of our adventures are available 365 days a year, well, 366 days this year.
Follow the links to our website www.govertical.co.za or email us for the full details on any adventure below.

DRAKENSBERG 

AMPHITHEATRE TREK  14TH TO 16TH AUGUST,  19TH TO 21ST SEPTEMBER
The best of the Drakenberg, splendid views of the magnificent Amphitheatre, Tugela Falls and hike to the Summit of Mont-aux-Sorces, the highest peak in the area. Wilderness camping all meals included.

THABANA NTLENYANA TREK  3RD & 4TH OCTOBER
We start this trip with a hair raising 4 x 4 ride up Sani Pass, pack on the back packs, trek to the highest peak in the Drakensberg, camp in the Wilderness and round it off the following day with a stop at South Africa’s highest pub. A trip not to be missed!

SENTINEL PEAK 22nd & 23rd SEPTEMBER
Climb the highest free standing peak in the Northern Drakensberg 3165m, a rewarding technical Rock Climb. Our Introductory Rock Climbing course is excellent prep for this climb, however if you’re fit, adventurous and not scared of heights we’ll make this an awesome 1st time climbing experience for you!

Cathedral Peak standing at 3005m is a great challenge for the fit and energetic. A typical berg hike of 10 hours takes you from the base of the Drakensberg to the top of this spectacular peak and back. An overnight option is available to break this climb into a more comfortable backpacking experience. Hiking and scrambling, no technical experience needed to summit this Drakensberg classic.

Tick Mont-aux-Sources 3452m, highest peak in the Northern Berg and The Sentinel 3165m the highest free standing peak in the Northern Drakensberg off your list of summits. M-A-S is a trekking peak overlooking the magnificent Amphitheatre, and the Sentinel is a technical Rock Climb. The nights in between the two are spent camping and exploring the Amphitheatre escarpment. 

NORTHERN DRAKENSBERG TRAVERSE 6TH TO 11TH OCTOBER 2012 , 18 - 23 NOVEMBER 2012
A classic trekking expedition in the Northern Drakensberg Ukhahlamba World Heritage Site, arguably the best scenery in the Drakensberg

SCHOOL ADVENTURE CAMPS 25 - 29 JUNE 2012 OR GARDEN ROUTE 10 - 14 DECEMBER 2012
An action packed 5 days of mountaineering skills and adventures, including Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Hiking and Camp Craft for 14 to 19 year olds.

DRAKENSBERG GRAND TRAVERSE- NORTHERN TO SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG 30 OCTOBER - 14 NOVEMBER 2012
Are you prepared? That’s the question you really need to ask. 16 days of wilderness trekking across the Drakensberg Mountains from The Sentinel in the North to Bushmans nek in the South, The whole Transberg is a big challenge, but what an amazing experience. Arguably the toughest trek in South Africa

WESTERN CAPE

KNYSNA ADVENTURE TRAILHave a look at some of the great pics from our winter trips and then join us for a half day of canoeing on the Knysna Lagoon and a Half day glorious beach walk. Includes lunch

KNYSNA CANOEING ADVENTURES Guided nature Trails on the Knysna Lagoon, it’s beautiful, you’ve got to join us.

SEA & SUMMIT TOURS: CRADOCKS BERG & SWARTVLEI 15 – 17 JUNE, LANGEBERG & DE HOOP RESERVE 17 - 19 SEPT
Can’t choose between the beach or the berg? Combine both with our Sea and Summit Trails. Hike to the summit in the magnificent Cape Fold mountains, dine in style at an arty town with excellent cuisine and finish off your trip with a superb coastal hike.
  
KNYSNA SLACKPACKING TRAIL - GARDEN ROUTE, WESTERN CAPE 22-24 SEPT, 19 - 21 OCTOBER
Three days of the best coastal scenery that the Knysna has to offer, a day of canoeing on the Knysna Lagoon, a stunning beach walk and a rewarding dune hike, no need to carry a heavy pack, we transport all your gear to the accommodation ahead of you. Great food, stunning scenery, well appointed accommodation and invigorating fresh air.

Climb the first Rock Climbing Route in South Africa on Towerkop in the Swartberg Mountains near Ladismith Western Cape, lots of trad routes to try out while camping on this gorgeous mountain, we’ll guide, instruct and provide gear, when we’re done climbing we’ll descend and join the festivities in Calitzdorp for the annual Port Wine Festival.

Join us for guided climbing and hiking in Montagu Western Cape. This area is superb with hundreds of excellent Rock Climbing routes, spend a few days learning to climb, improving your grades or learning new skills, we provide the guiding, instruction and gear. This beautiful mountain region is also home to some of South Africa’s best wine cellars.

LADY’S SLIPPER ROCK CLIMBING ADVENTURE – EASTERN CAPE 18, 19 AUGUST
Close to PE is a superb climbing site with great Sport and Trad Routes, we’ll be holding our Introductory Rock Climbing course our Sport Climbing course and plenty of guided climbing get your skills sharp enough to set you up for a lifetime of climbing the crags.

WHALE TRAIL TAKING BOOKINGS FOR 22 -26 SEPTEMBER 2013 –NO IT’S NOT A TYPING ERROR….
One of South Africa’s premier Slack Packing trails along the pristine coast of the de Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape. Well known for the whale nursery and spectacular scenery, we’ll be guiding this 5 day tour, cooking us some superb meals and once again all your gear is ferried to your accommodation venue ahead of you each day.

NAMAQUALAND FLOWER TOUR - WESTERN CAPE - AUGUST/ SEPTEMBER
Spring time in the Cape is a celebration of life, the whales move into the coastal waters and the dessert give rise to a magnificent display of flowers. We’ll be hiking through some of the most amazing botanical hotspots in the area, the hikes are rewarding in themselves, but coupled with the amazing floral display, the whole experience is fantastic, backpacking and slack packing options available. Email us for details.

MAGALIESBERG ADVENTURES all adventures available every weekend, week days too!  http://www.govertical.co.za/

KLOOFING We’re taking bookings for the season star tin in September/ October…
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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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