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Adele McCann 


About Adele

Mountains are Adele’s second home. She has happily hiked and climbed all over South Africa, including in the Drakensberg and the Cederberg mountains. In other parts of Africa, she has done Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya (Lenana). Other excursions have included a number of ‘14000’s’ (+- 4200 m) peaks in Colorado, USA and many climbs in Yosemite, California as well as in the Dolomites, Italy and Chamonix, France. She has also hiked in Bolivia, South America. Her international experience similarly includes rock climbing and canyoneering in the Blue Mountains, Australia. 

Like Neil, she has in the past been involved with the management of local South African sport climbing competitions and competed successfully when younger. 

She lives on the slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain, which she knows well and has explored extensively. 

Neil Margetts 

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About Neil

Neil enjoys all forms of the sport: vast mountains with ice and snow, to big walls on trad, sport and bouldering. He has logged loads of climbs in many scenic spots around the globe. Neil has made significant contributions to climbing in South Africa in multiple ways in the last 40 years he has climbing. 

In 2012 he was awarded the President’s Award for his contribution to the sport by the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA). He continues to share his skills with young and old through the South African Outdoor Academy, which he runs. He is renowned for his organisational skills that are of great benefit to the climbing community. These include negotiating the development of new crags, advancing these areas, as well as improving safety and access conditions at existing crags.

He has also been involved in the organisation of many climbing events and competitions designed to grow the sport and highlight up and coming talent. As co-founder of the South African National Climbing Federation (SANCF), the official climbing competition vehicle offering young SA climbers the opportunity to compete for their country and even get to the Olympics. He has had a hand in most major climbing activities in Gauteng and other parts of the country over the past 35 years.

Samuel Chowles

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About Samuel

During his time as a high school science teacher, Samuel grew to love the outdoors. Seeing the potential benefits of adventure for personal development, he decided that becoming more involved with outdoor education was the next step in life.

He has since lead many ‘journey type’ hiking trips with school groups, predominantly in the wilderness areas surrounding Loskop dam. While not guiding trips, Samuel can often be found rock climbing in areas near his home base of Pretoria. Samuel enjoys helping others get the most out of their outdoor experiences and always looks forward to the next adventure. Samuel has extensive experience with Rock climbing, hiking and abseiling.


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