Silvermine West Short Hike Event (1 Oct)
Saturday, 01 October 2016
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Silvermine West Short Hike Event
|Date : 1 October 2016 - Saturday.
Time : 06h30 to 07h00.
Reason : Quick get together for all Geocachers before a hike in Silvermine West Reserve at 07h00.
Hike Leader : Jamie Behrens.(family behrens)
|Various hikes will be lead by local geocachers during the time you are in our beautiful City. There are different hikes to suit everyone, from the Sunday-walk-the dog-to-the-park cacher, to the craziest extreme adrenaline junkie, and everybody else in between. Pick a hike that suit you, and come and enjoy a walk with us on the mountains of Cape Town. Have a look at the hike rating to get an idea of what kind of hike you can expect. Take note of what you need to bring along for the hike you choose. @Safetymountain will be informed of all our hikes, and will assist in case of any unforseen situation. Every Hike leader will have a first aid kit with him/her as well. Please log your will attend in advance.
|Way back in 1675 the Dutch Settlers thought that these mountains here contained silver, and so shafts were sunk to try and find it. In the end, however they had to call it a day because there was no silver at all. But the name has stuck and till today we know this area as Silvermine. In 1998, Silvermine was declared part of Table Mountain National Park which ensures that its natural beauty be preserved. The Reserve is divided in East and West by the Ou Kaapse Weg. From the parking area many paths can be explored, from a relaxing circular walk around the lake, with a swim thrown into the mix as well if you feel like it, to a more taxing hike to Elephant's Eye or even as far as the Skyline Path with its fantastic views over Hout Bay.
This hike is rated 1Ab (see Hike Rating Image)- Hike duration: 3Hrs
|Your Hiking Checklist. - Essentials.
1) Hiking Boots or Good Tekkies (Not Crocs or Sandals) and Synthetic/Wool Socks.
2) Sun Protection - Sunscreen, Lip Balm, Sunglasses.
3) Insulation - Warm Jacket, Long Pants (Even though the weather is mild this time of the year, it can change rapidly either way) and a Wide Brim Hat (Heatstroke and Sunburn is a very real danger)
4) Illumination - Headlamp or Flashlight (plus extra batteries)
5) Nutrition - Lunch and Snacks (Energy bars/chews/trail mix)
6) Hydration - 3 Liters of Water !!!
9) Cellphone - fully charged.
10) Conservation Fee of R40.00 payable at Gate or Free entrance if you present a Wild Card.
Your Hiking Checklist. - Optional.
1) Camera or Helmet Cam.
2) Quick-dry Towel.
3) Trekking poles.
5) Toilet paper - you never know.
Caches along the route(bookmark):
||SILVERMINE TB HOTEL
||MINE OF SILVER
||FOLLOW THE DOG
||SILVERMINE RIVER CACHE
||MY DEAR WATSON
||SILVERMINE RIVER - SOURCE TO SEA
||EARTH, WIND, FIRE, WATER
Hike on Google Earth
Participation in this hike is entirely at your own risk. The Cape Town 2016 committee and/or the hike leader can not be held liable for any incident arising, such as injury, illness, damage, loss, mishap, accident or any other occurence, during the hike, including travelling to and from the event. Before setting off on the hike you will be asked to sign an indemnity agreement.
The hike leader reserves the right to refuse an individual from partaking if he/she feels that such person will endanger him/herself and/or others on the hike.
[This event is open to all Geocachers. The hike afterwards is optional, and is not part of the event]