The Cape Union Mart Hiking Club is a non profit organisation with a club constitution to ensure that a structure is in place for selecting individuals to act on behalf and for the mandate of the club. The constitution is reviewed at each AGM.

Click here to download the club's constitution

We also support the following guidelines on mountain conduct:

Protect and preserve the natural beauty of nature
 
  • Do not take shortcuts, stay on the designated footpaths.
  • Carry everything away that you have taken with you - including empty containers, fruit peels, tissues and cigarette butts.
  • Do not destroy vegetation or animal life, pick flowers, dig up plants or take away anything you find on the hike - unless it is rubbish.
  • Do not pollute water resources. Do not rinse out or use soap directly in a water source. Do not go to the toilet closer than 50m from a water source. Bury any toilet matter, including toilet paper.
  • Do not create fire hazards and please note that smoking is not allowed on any of our hikes.
  • Obey all the rules of the area in which you are hiking.
  • Keep huts clean and sweep out your section before leaving.
  • Observe and do not disturb, avoid noise pollution. No radios or loud cellphones.

Carry the following items in a comfortable pack in every hike
 
  • Adequate rain gear, cold weather gear and sun gear.
  • Sufficient water at all times.
  • Safety whistle.
  • A cell phone is advisable.
  • High energy snack.
  • ID and Cumhike membership card with emergency contact details. Additional emergency information must be carried if any extraordinary condition exists.
  • Your own first aid kit with emergency blanket and personal medication.

Wear appropriate clothing
 
  • Footwear: Only genuine hiking boots should be worn on hikes. Wear one or two pairs of proper hiking socks. Make sure your boots are the correct size and that they are worn in before embarking on a long hike.
  • Rain gear: Rain jacket and pants must be fully waterproof and windproof. Test them before embarking on a hike.
  • Sun gear: Full crown and brim sunhats should be worn. Cloudy weather is deceptive and still allows harmful rays to penetrate. Wear a high protective factor sunblock on exposed skin on all hikes.
  • General: Wear loose, light clothing and carry extra layers to put on if necessary.

Follow the hike leader's directions and guidance at all times
 
  • Sign the indemnity form before every hike - any person who does not do so will not be allowed to take part in the hike.
  • The leader reserves the right to inspect the equipment of any person booked on their hike at any time.
  • Stay with the group. Do not split off. Keep the person behind you in sight.
  • When venturing off a designated path for any reason, please leave your rucksack at the exit point for others to see.
  • Let the hike leader know if you are experiencing any difficulties.


Ensure that you are fit enough to hike
 
  • Any person booked on a hike is responsible for ensuring that he/she is fit enough to complete that hike.
  • Prior or current abuse of alcohol or drugs impairs fitness and causes dehydration while hiking.
  • Any person with a serious medical condition should not take part in a hike. If such a condition is knowingly concealed, it could jeopardise the safety of other people. An indemnity has to be signed by all hikers prior to the hike commencing.

HIKING IS A PRIVILEGE, PLEASE DO NO ABUSE IT.



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