This blog is the result of three people going for a hike in Cape Town towards the end of 2015, and one of them deciding that, since she didn’t have anything in particular to do in 2016, going on a different hike each week would be a good way to fix that. Incredibly, the other two hikists seemed to think this was a good idea.

Since the first hikist already had three neglected blogs, she thought it would be an excellent idea to start a fourth blog to document these hikes in the hope that this would be useful (or at least entertaining) to other Cape Town hikists.

Alison, in her happy place, dragging fellow hikists to their doom.
Alison, the first hikist, in her happy place: dragging fellow hikists to their doom.

It’s unlikely that they’ll manage to stick to this gruelling schedule or the Very Strict Rules, but the 52 hikes will eventually get done.

The Very Strict Rules

  1. The hikes all have to be day hikes, that you can get to, do, and get home from in one day from central Cape Town.
  2. No two hikes can share any major part of their route (e.g. ascent or descent), even if it’s in the opposite direction.
  3. Hikes must be at least three hours long and go up and down quite a lot. Anything shorter or easier is a walk, and of no interest to proper hikists.

There’s a fourth thing, which would have been a rule, except we broke it on our very first hike, so now it’s just more of a guideline.

The Guideline

  • Hikes should preferably be as circular as possible, because it’s boring to go back the way you came. (Or, otherwise, they can be one-way. Although it can be boring to have to drive around fetching cars too.)

The Special Rules

These are rules that have naturally evolved over the course of the hikes. They should be adhered to whenever anyone remembers them.

  1. If you don’t get slightly lost (or, at the very least, argue about whether this is the best path to take, or the name of the path, or about where you happen to be in relation to the map or route description), it’s not a good hike, because it’s not an adventure.
  2. Frequent photographic stops are expected and encouraged. Hikists must be prepared to pose and look valiant on command.
  3. Corrollary to Special Rule #2: At least one ‘pointing picture’ must be taken per hike.
  4. The word ‘moist’ should be said at least once. Fellow hikists will be checked for their aversion to this word. If aversion to this word is strong, ‘moist’ will be said as often as possible.
  5. Discussions of what to have for lunch, and where, may start within the first 30 minutes of walking.
  6. All especially tasty sandwiches must be shared.