Trailblazers Hiking Club x HITEC x Cederberg Wolfberg Cracks - Hiking Cape Town South Africa
Trailblazers Hiking Club x HITEC x CEDERBERG WOLFBERG CRACKS
WOLFBERG CRACKS CEDERBERG
What’s better than a few nights under the stars, off the grid, reconnecting with the great outdoors and doing it all with friends and loved ones. The Trailblazers Hiking Club as usual were off on one of their monthly multi-day adventures and this time we planned to head off into the Cederberg, to reconnect, explore and discover some of the incredible spaces within the area.
Since we are out in the mountains for the best part of the week, we are often testing out new gear in the process and we thought we would bring along Hitec’s new Wildfire Gamekeeper WP boots for the rocky terrain.
Just a few short hours out of the city, we arrived at a stunning campsite nestled in between a deep valley within the Cederberg mountain range. We set the tents and campsite up and immediately got the braai going to load up for the next days’ activities. We decided to explore the Wolfsberg cracks and hit the undulating climb all the way to the prominent rock features which marked the chimneys towards the cracks.
The terrain before this was very rugged and loose with a few sections of broken slate. The boots held up well here with inevitable slipping through the terrain providing firm support and the reduced risk of a potential ankle roll. We headed into the first chimney, pitch dark, bending up and back around exiting through a window facing towards one picturesque, naturally cropped view of the vast folds of the Cederberg mountain range. The path immediately changed once again leading us onto a narrow ledge. With the assistance of some rope we managed across quite comfortably with the boot holding up well on the tight foot holds and grips.
Finally, we had arrived at the entrance to the iconic Wolfsberg cracks. The red stained rock reflected light between every massive archway, nook and cranny within this space.
Layers of various shades of pink, red and orange all almost electrically charged as you venture through tunnels and pathways in a maze of beauty. Once you are done navigating through the cracks you have to tackle a series of obstacles before reaching the summit. The Wildfire’s grip handled with ease, wedging it into so many tight spots didn’t seem to harm the durable outsole either apart from the aesthetic scuffs which, in our opinion are the battle scars you can be proud of on your gear.
After a well-earned flap jack cook up at the summit, we cracked open some kombuchas to celebrate before heading back down on a road trip into the back country exploring countless iconic caves, labyrinths and mazes with vivid imagery of the ancient Khoisan people’s stories rooted deep within this land we were rediscovering.
The setting sun and evening chill soon reminded us to head off back home to prep for the braai. We popped on Hitec’s new Novara Insulated down jacket to see if it could endure the 4-degree weather outside and it held up well. Enough so that we could enjoy a well-earned cold one by the fire too. Chatting under the stars with little stress or worry about our city problems you soon realise how much you miss this blessed way of living. Cheers to many more adventures with friends and loved ones. And cheers to Hitec for fuelling this adventure with some very suitable gear for the occasion.