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17 User(s):

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AndyBrown

Andy Brown

bbklop

Brent Kloppers

ChristineBro

Christine Pickup

082-7826025

info@karkloofcanopytour.co.za

ClivePowell

Clive Powell

031-5646169 (After 19:00)
powellc@durban.gov.za

DavidTighe

David Tighe

031-4649033 or 084-6899384

DavidSclanders

David Sclanders

033-2395023 or 082-4434287
bergfree@absamail.co.za

DavidGay

David Gay

031-7654246 (18h00 to 20h00 Mon-Thu only)
cougar1@telkomsa.net

I was introduced to backpacking in 1979 when I did the Fanie Botha Trail. Over the next few years I assisted with and then led annual backpacking trips for a youth group. As a high school teacher I started an outdoor club and made backpacking one of its main activities. I also got involved as a Scout leader and led several Scout backpacking trips.

To broaden my knowledge of the Berg I decided to join the Mountain Backpackers Club and - because of my previous experience - I immediately became involved as a leader. I have helped to introduce many, many teenagers to the activity, but when I am not leading these young beginners I now prefer to do more challenging trips which allow for further exploration.




Backpacking is my main form of exercise, but I also find it therapeutic, challenging and adventurous. I particularly enjoy the sense of freedom and independence it brings, but a backpacker’s feeling of “self-sufficiency” at the end of each day on the trail is probably the most rewarding of all. It also brings out the pioneering spirit in one, which is a rare commodity now that there are so few wild places left to explore.

I am not fond of hot weather and find it a hindrance to one's enjoyment while backpacking. I much prefer the cooler winter months, which I find quite exhilarating. The Berg's drier, clearer winter weather also offers more opportunities to explore.

The southern Berg is a special place for me because I explored it almost entirely without someone to guide me. Just about every cave, pass, nook and cranny I have discovered for myself. This region of the Berg has many caves, passes and relatively easy valleys which allow for flexibility when planning routes or coping with poor weather. It also has many interesting rock formations, offers great views of long stretches of the escarpment, and remains largely unspoilt by commercialism. I am now an Honorary Officer with KZN Wildlife for the southern Berg region, and report back regularly on what I see there - the condition of paths, caves and rock art, environmental issues and the wildlife.


For a while I was a SAMGA accredited, Satour registered Mountain Walking Guide, but due to continuing changes in accreditation and legislation I let this lapse, and my hiking business - Landlubbers Adventures – is now dormant. I am also an accredited Rock Art Guide. You can visit my website at www.berg.co.za where much of the knowledge and experience I have gained over the years is there for the sharing!

Professional Qualifications: BSc. Chem. Eng; UED; MCSE
Other Qualifications / Memberships:
Scout Wood Badge; KZN Wildlife Honorary Officer
Occupation:
Systems Administrator
Other Interests:
Aviation; military history; architecture
Hiking Since:
1979
Club Member Since:
About 1993
Leading Since:
1980
Fixture Types:
Backpacking only

Ramblers Club

Durban Ramblers Club

FaroukOmarjee

Farouk Omarjee

GrantWilkinson

Grant Wilkinson

073-6168789

I've only been backpacking since September 2007, but its most certainly a passion and something that I'd like to continue to do for the rest of my life.

Soon after starting backpacking I realised that each leader has his own type of hike he or she enjoys doing and so I decided to start leading as a way of getting to some interesting places that other leaders don't necessarily visit.

I'd say my leadership style is open and friendly, however firm when necessary. I try to encourage free and open dialogue so as to allow everyone to enjoy themselves, including me.

I look forward to seeing you in the mountains!

GregWalker

Greg Walker

031-7056414
mlambonja@telkomsa.net

HeidiCox

Heidi Cox

JacquiKennedy

Jacqui Kennedy

JohnMcgovern

John Mcgovern

JohnPickup

John Pickup

072-1512031

KarenMiller

Karen Miller

KeithAshton

Keith Ashton

033-2395023 or 082-4434287



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