Awesome place to buy outdoor equipment!

I have discovered the ONLY shop I will ever shop at for Scouts again – Drifters.

Here’s why:

  • Their prices are the BEST I have found  – they undercut the ‘recommended retail price’ on almost everything (e.g. their First Ascent Venus backpack is R400 cheaper than I have found in some other retailers). The sleeping bag, torch, clothing etc I bought were all about 15% cheaper than elsewhere.
  • The Staff actually use the equipment and so can advise from personal experience.
  • They know their products very well (and even the specs of brands they don’t stock e.g. they knew the weight, comfort rating, history behind a competitors sleeping bag I asked about).
  • They only stock items that are proven to work well (e.g. Shaun pointed out, people they supply are going on expeditions that cost R60,000 – they can’t afford to have inferior quality equipment).
  • They won’t sell you something that isn’t right for you (e.g. I was willing to buy a backpack, but they said no, it was the wrong back length for my child & would cause tiring)
  • they also stock Osprey equipment

I can’t sing DRIFTERS praises enough!

Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village, Shop A03, 27 Somerset Road, Green Point
Tel: 021 418 4511          email:  drifters@mweb.co.za

Check them out here on Facebook.

P.S.  They offer a good discount to Mountain Club members and are prepared to do the same for Scouts if they know about us.  So let them know you are a Scout when you next go shopping!

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Night hike on Table Mountain

The photos from the night hike on Table Mountain have been posted to the 2014 photo album.

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Cederberg 2014

The photos from the 2014 Cederberg mid winter trip have been added to the 2014 photo library.

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Arangieskop Senior Scout Hike

A summary and photos for the Arangieskop 2014 senior scout hike have been posted in the 2014 Photo Album.IMG_0286

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Cub Pack re-opening

IMG_1580We are re-opening our Cub Pack!  It will be open to girls and boys, age 7 to 10, and will meet every Friday from 5:30 to 7 pm at our hall on Bowwood Road, Claremont.  The first meeting will be on 25 July.  We have an adult leader and assistant, and we are looking for enthusiastic boys and girls to join as members, and enthusiastic parents to help as assistants. Please Contact Us for more details!

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JOTI website goes live

The World JOTA-JOTI Team announced the official opening of the 2014 JOTA-JOTI website at http://www.world-jotajoti.info. This website is your source of official Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet news, information, and support for your local operation.

Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet on the third weekend of October is the largest Scouting event in the world, with nearly 1 million Scouts from 160+ countries engaged in conversations across town and around the world. Scouts communicate with one another via amateur radio and the Internet, providing a fun and educational Scouting experience and promoting their sense of belonging to a worldwide Scout Movement.

This year’s event is 17, 18, 19 October with a programme of activities developed at the world level and initiatives developed at local and national levels. All of this is supported by the World Organization of the Scout Movement through the efforts of their World JOTA-JOTI Team.

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Luke is a Springbok Scout!

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Luke Neville is our latest Springbok Scout!  Congratulations Luke.  Thanks to everyone who came to the award ceremony last night.

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Equipment – before you blame your boots……..

Three tips to solving your boot problems

Blisters while hiking can turn a great outing into a nightmare.

All too often, we blame our boots when we get blisters or get black toenails.

Many problems with “badly fitting” boots can be solved by these 3 very simple, yet overlooked ways of making your hikes more comfortable:

  1. Cut your toe-nails really short
  2. Use the 2-sock system
  3. Use a different lacing system

 

Toe-nails should be clipped so that no nail is protruding beyond the actual toe. This applies to all your nails, but especially your big toe.

When you have long toenails that go past the edge of your toe, they’ll receive more pressure and put you at higher risk for blood buildup under the nail. It’s important that you cut your nails before your hike. Do so by trimming the nail back to meet the tip of the toe, cutting straight across to avoid other problems, such as ingrown toenails. Make toenail clipping part of your pre-hike ritual to help avoid pain and pressure when hiking on a decline.

 

2-sock comfort never ever ever wear cotton socks for hiking. They absorb the sweat which causes the friction that causes blisters. Use a thin liner made of some sort of synthetic seamless material, and a thicker outer sock made of merino wool.

The theory is that the liner wicks away the moisture, and that the friction takes place between the 2 layers of sock – not your foot.

Take your boots off when you have a break, and air your feet and socks.

{note – not all hikers are in favour of this double sock, but if you’re having blister problems, it’s worth a try}

 

Lacing systems tying hiking boots has come a long way since we learned to tie the laces on our school-shoes.

We all too often view tying our laces as the method to stop our boots falling off. Not so. This has become quite an art, and can mean the difference between heel blisters, black toes etc. Using this lace-tying system, combined with the double sock system, I walked 1000km in Spain, without getting a single blister.

Essentially, to prevent the boot from slipping back and forward, or your heel lifting out, or your toes slamming into the front of your boot, you need to tie the boot in such a way as to make it more stable and snug fitting. Different versions of the knot are referred to as Surgeon’s knot | Lock knot | double overhand knot. Watch this youtube video for an excellent lace tying instructionhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOE28brAcEc

 

Tam

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Postberg Flower Trail

We did the Postberg Flower Trail, an overnight hike in the West Coast National Park. This was a great hike, not particularly demanding although fairly long and with highly variable weather, given the season. Booking early is essential and the rest is in the hands of the weather gods! Check out the photos and read the report.

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Oudekraal Ravine Day Hike

In June 2013 we did a day hike to find and ascend Oudekraal Ravine. As it worked out we ascended Corridor Ravine, visited Tranquility Cracks and descended Oudekraal Ravine. Given the state of the Ravine, it was the right choice. Visit the 2013 Photo Gallery and read the the report on the Oudekraal Day Hike. 

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