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Hiking leader faces ban for leading hikers on closed Table Mountain route

Postby Justin » Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:09 pm

Guide faces ban for leading hikers on closed Table Mountain route.

The guide now faces a lifetime ban from SANParks for taking the group down the notorious Blinkwater ravine route which is clearly marked as 'CLOSED'.

http://m.news24.com/Traveller/Explore/B ... e-20150831
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Re: Guide faces ban for leading hikers on closed Table Mountain route

Postby Justin » Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:19 pm

So apparently this was not a commercial group who were being guided.
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Re: Guide faces ban for leading hikers on closed Table Mountain route

Postby Nic Le Maitre » Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:40 pm

Also the sign says, this route is closed (doesn't say which of the three or more routes that start from there are closed) and then "enter at your own risk" so I don't see the issue.
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Re: Guide faces ban for leading hikers on closed Table Mountain route

Postby Justin » Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:57 pm

BLINKWATER RAVINE TURNED RESCUE MISSION

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Re: Guide faces ban for leading hikers on closed Table Mountain route

Postby mattb595 » Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:19 pm

I think we all know accidents happen on the mountain look at Bobby and Mark but the fact that in the blog the guy seemed arrogant saying they weren't stranded and just came across as a amateur (hiking in that weather in blinkwater) not taking any responsibility or regret from it, am I being harsh saying licenses should be taken away?

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Re: Guide faces ban for leading hikers on closed Table Mountain route

Postby MIKESCOTT » Mon Aug 31, 2015 4:58 pm

If SAN Parks spokesperson Merle Collins really said to use "Slangolie" then she should face a 'Lifetime Ban' for misleading information.
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Re: Guide faces ban for leading hikers on closed Table Mountain route

Postby robertbreyer » Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:17 pm

Merle Collins from TMNP probably never even heard of either Blinkwater or Slangolie before reading the Cape Argus this morning.

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Re: Guide faces ban for leading hikers on closed Table Mountain route

Postby Justin » Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:47 am

Cape Town - A City of Cape Town councillor has found himself in hot water after leading 14 hikers up a dangerous mountain path that had been closed for 33 years.

Sunday’s incident on the Blinkwater Ravine – closed since 1982 – has sparked an investigation by SANParks as to why councillor Anwar Adams took the hikers up the dangerous mountain path. Five of them were injured on the hike.

http://mobi.iol.co.za/#!/article/five-h ... -1.1907927
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Re: Guide faces ban for leading hikers on closed Table Mountain route

Postby MichaelW » Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:42 am

Don't confuse an experienced recreational hiker leading a group up a mountain and a professional guide. A quick internet search doesn't reveal any professional mountain guiding qualifications for the leader of the hike.

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Re: Guide faces ban for leading hikers on closed Table Mountain route

Postby Justin » Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:45 am

Correct Michael, Anwaar is not a registered tour guide and was not on the mountain for profit. The people with him were not tourists.

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Re: Hiking leader faces ban for leading hikers on closed Table Mountain route

Postby MIKESCOTT » Tue Sep 01, 2015 3:10 pm

This incident, and SAN Parks comments should give all mountaineers concern that we have to avoid what nearly happened after the Matterhorn Tragedy.

After the Whymper accident Queen Victoria was only persuaded with difficulty that she should NOT ban climbing totally.
I hope SAN Parks will stop suggesting that Adams should be prosecuted, and listen to what he has been saying.

SAN Parks have done the reasonable thing by placing a notice saying "enter at own risk".
That is all that is required, and Blinkwater should NOT be closed totally.

The Blinkwater rockfall sounds a lot less than the massive rockfall that crossed Kasteelspoort path, and will SAN Parks want to close that next?
A rockfall on Lion's Head recently left huge slabs lying right on the main path that had to be levered out of the way, and I seriously doubt that the public will welcome SAN Parks closing Lion's Head.
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Re: Hiking leader faces ban for leading hikers on closed Table Mountain route

Postby Ghaznavid » Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:14 pm

Reading that writeup - the team knew what they were doing, they had done the route before, and it was not a commercial hike. I think banning them from SANParks would be a major overreaction. If it was a commercial group or the team didn't know what they were getting into, I would understand.

What about that recent rock fall on Lions Head, if a team was injured in that - should that leader also be banned?

I think people are very quick to judge others - especially those who don't do the harder hikes. Things go wrong on mountains, sometimes you are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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Re: Hiking leader faces ban for leading hikers on closed Table Mountain route

Postby Justin » Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:28 am

So here is a Press Release which comes via the Meridian Hiking Group Facebook Page (I am however unable to find it on the SANParks website - so do not consider it Word until it does appear on their website!).

PRESS STATEMENT: SANPARKS RESPONSE TO MOUNTAIN ACCIDENT
September 1, 2015: On Sunday morning, at about 9am, an unfortunate incident happened in the Table Mountain National Park when a rock became dislodged from the mountainside and injured hikers during the rock fall. Fourteen hikers ascended Table Mountain above Camps Bay following a route known as Blinkwater ravine to get to the top.

Due to previous fatal accidents that occurred in this ravine, the route was originally closed for safety reasons by the City of Cape Town, endorsed by the Mountain Club of South Africa. Since the establishment of the national park, the closure of Blinkwater for safety reasons was reinforced by park management. The decision to keep this route closed was not considered a major impact on hikers because there are other routes in the vicinity that allow hikers to ascend that part of the mountain.

Due to the fact that the safety risks remained, signage was placed on site to warn hikers that Blinkwater is not a safe route. In terms of SANParks regulations we are entitled to put up signage to regulate access and to ensure safety of mountain users. Such signage is clearly in place at both the lower end and upper end of Blinkwater ravine.

It is unfortunate that the hikers, under the leadership of a guide, chose to ignore this signage, as well as adverse weather conditions, and continued to ascend the dangerous ravine. By ignoring this signage, the guide placed his group in danger resulting in injuries to 4 members of the party. SANParks however regrets that hikers were injured in this incident and extends its wishes for a speedy recovery.

“I wish the injured hikers a speedy recovery. I would also like to urge hikers and all users of our National Parks to adhere to the rules and regulations of these institutions,” said the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa.

Park management will investigate further safety concerns and may consider permanent closure of this route. It remains to be said, however, that it is impossible to predict where rock falls will occur, but that all measures will be considered to continually improve the safety of mountain users.


Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies talking to Wilderness Search and Rescue spokesperson Johan Marais.
http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/4896 ... r-20-years (scroll down for the sound clip).
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