Please come and join your fellow club members for a day trip to the Tierkloof 4×4 Trail. www.tierkloof4x4.com
It has been two years since we last did the Tierkloof route, so we thought it a good idea to re-visit this venue for a fun day out near Rawsonville. The venue is approximately 1 hours’ drive from Cape Town along the N1.
This will be a day outing only (meet the Saturday morning, do the route and return home).
About the route:
The route starts off with steep rocky ascents (especially the first 500 metres). This becomes a bit easier after the initial climbs with some technical challenges every now and then to remind you that you are on a 4×4 route.
The route is rocky but fortunately with no sharp edges, so tyres should not get damaged if you choose your approach lines and tyre pressures wisely.
Along the route you will be rewarded with a spectacular view at a height of about 780 meters overlooking the Brandvlei dam and Worcester. Also along the way is a cave and the Wolves Den.
It is a circular route and there is always something new to see.
The initial decent is fairly steep but can be done with no damage to vehicle or tyres – correct tyre pressure is important.
The last section offers another challenge with a sandy hill to cross.
The total route is about 12 km and one would expect to complete it in about 2 ½ hours if you don’t stop too much to admire the spectacular views. One should plan for a bit longer, as a larger group will take a bit longer and one might want to spend a bit more time on the dry river bed play area for the big power multi locker boys with an easier bail out route for the rest of us. After that there is a sandy hill to negotiate, which could take a while.
The owners, Willem and Mariana grade the route as a 3 ½. My grading – The overall grading of the route is 3.5 with the occasional level 4 obstacle (Frans Stander).
Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of this trip. Bring something to snack on at the view point.
Only 4×4 vehicles with low range capabilities can be catered for.
A diff lock will be an advantage but not a requirement.
We will meet at the new Shell Ultra City before Worcester along the N1 at 09h30 Saturday morning and travel in a convoy to Tierkloof 4×4.
At arrival we will have a drivers briefing, sign the attendance register and prepare vehicles for the route.
We will stop at the first or second lookout point (depending on progress) for a brunch break.
After that we will follow the return route. This route will be a scenic drive with a few obstacles that will test your skills.
It is anticipated that the Trail will be completed by 14h00 where after each will leave Tierkloof at your own leisure.
- Always consider the possibility of rain. Pack clothing accordingly.
- Always advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots.
- Advisable to have a broad rim hat and sun block on hand since it could be hot.
- Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles.
- No pets allowed
- Please remember that no alcohol may be consumed by either the driver or passenger(s) whilst driving at any time. Please respect your guides and your fellow participants and save the alcoholic beverages until we return to the camp.
- All vehicles must be in sound mechanical condition.
- Always have your spare keys with you.
- Recovery points fitted to the front and rear on your vehicle are a prerequisite.
- Your own Kinetic/recovery strap and 2 x shackles.
- A tyre pump and tyre pressure gauge will be required to deflate/inflate tyres.
- Carry a fire extinguisher, which is easily accessible in the event of an emergency.
- Always carry your personal medical kit. Pack where accessible.
- All other recovery equipment must be supplied.
Communication between participating vehicles on any 4×4 excursion is important for many reasons. It benefit in the safety of drivers, passengers and vehicles while on a 4×4 trail, where drivers can communicate with one another as regards to their location and situation not to mention the interesting information that is shared with participants. The fun part is the many interesting stories that are shared among participants.
For those who have not got a VHF radio with the ORRA channels the Club has radios available for hire. Contact Jimmy Niemann firstname.lastname@example.org in this regard, well in advance please.
Should you be hiring a radio, please ensure that your lighter socket is working.
Route: R150 per vehicle.
BOOKING AND PAYMENT:
Please book with Elna Buitenhuis (email@example.com) and please cc firstname.lastname@example.org
All bookings must be confirmed and paid for in full by latest 20th June 2018.
Please note that your name will only be placed on the “confirmed members” list after your non-refundable full payment of R150 has been received.
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