Frequently Asked Questions

The following are questions we get asked during the preparation of every adventure. This information helps you understand what the adventure entails.

What is the first step in registering for Cederberg 2016?


Submit your entry by applying online and pay the deposit of R1800 by 31 July 2016.

Where can I get an Adventure Information booklet?


The Adventure Information Book booklet can be downloaded here. It supersedes the old “Save-a-Place” booklet.

I am the only participant from my Group. Can I still enter?


Yes, there will be many Groups or participants who cannot complete a full team. Initially, try and join a team from your District or one of your neighbouring troops. Have a word with your Regional Headquarters, they are bound to know which Groups are fielding teams and who may have vacancies. If that fails, we certainly are able to make up composite teams from individuals.

What is the size of a team?


A minimum of 8 members, with a maximum of 10.

What are the age limits for a participant?


Scouts over the age of 15 but not yet turned 18 on 10 December 2016. Scouter Patrols comprising adults all over the age of 18 are welcome too.

Can we have more than one adult in our Scout (between the age of 15 and 18) Patrol?


Yes, in exceptional cases. Each Patrol should have one adult mountain ranger who meets the criteria as laid out in the Mountain Ranger and Patrol Composition Strategy. In a mixed gender Patrol there may be two adult mountain rangers who are of opposite gender.

Can we have an all-adult Patrol?


Yes, if everybody is over the age of 18.

Can we have a mixed gender Patrol?


Yes

How fit should I be?


The Cederberg is a rugged and mountainous terrain. Most of the routes ascend steep passes, ravines or kloofs. This, coupled with the very hot conditions at that time of the year (40 degree Celsius is not uncommon), makes it vital that you should be physically fit and used to carrying a hiking pack. Remember that the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience.

How good do my mapping skills need to be?


It is vital that you have a sound knowledge of how to read a 1:40 000 map and how to interpret its detail with special emphasis on contours, ascents and descents.

How useful will a GPS be?


The co-ordinates of the bases will be published and this could be useful in finding the base and en route establishing how far one is away from the base. The a GPS cannot be used as a substitute for good map reading skills.

If you feel we have missed an important question, please send us an email so we can add this to the website.

Who may participate

Scout Patrols where all Scouts are over the age of 15 (barring very exceptional circumstances) but not yet turned 18 at the start of the Adventure, qualify to enter. Scouter Patrols where all adults are over the age of 18 are welcome to enter too. 

Adventure History

The Heritage Team have posted some interesting facts on previous Adventures. Click here for a trip into the past.