17 September 2019
Last week South Africa experienced its best snow day in several years. Here’s how to explore some of the country’s coldest corners and highest mountains without fear. After all, The resilient K-Way Expedition Series is designed for the intrepid.
1. Tackle the Central Drakensberg with the K-Way Kilimanjaro '12 Daypack
Stow-away waterproof rain cover
Reflective bungee cord
Close to enough to Johannesburg or a quick weekend escape, Champagne Castle is the Champagne Valley’s highest mountain stay. Ensconced in old-fashioned charm and views to die for it’s one of the highest points on the ‘berg for the best chance of walking in the snow. Surrounded by several epic day hikes, you won’t be short of trails to tackle with the 35-litre K-Way Kilimanjaro '12 Daypack. This bag was not only designed with Africa's highest peak in mind, it was tested there too. Ideal for day trips, this pack has an assortment of pouches and pockets to stash snacks, plus an incredibly comfy padded hip and chest strap to help you lug the load as the altitude starts to take its toll. The truly intrepid must undertake the Big Five challenge. All peaks all arduous and high: Matterhorn (1995m), Gatberg (2408m), Amphlette (2620m), Sterkhorn (2973m) and Champagne Castle (3377m). You'll get a certificate for each peak conquered and if you make your way to all five mountaintops your name goes onto the honours roll at the mountain resort – and gives you bragging rights to use back at home.
2. Pack for snow in Hogsback with the K-Way Sherpa Expedition PVC Duffle Bag
Durable waterproof fabric
Home to the sprawling Amathole Mountains and hosting ‘Let it Snow’ as the theme for the 2018 Winter Celebration from 26-29 July, high-up Hogsback is the place to find cold this winter. Local historian, Trevor Webster, says records prove that it’s snowed in Hogsback every month of the year, except February. Pack all the warmth you can in the roomy 100-litre K-Way Sherpa Expedition PVC Duffle Bag. Internal side pockets mean you can organise smaller items without digging around and the rugged PVC exterior ensures it’ll survive plenty of rough handling. A shoulder strap offers comfier handling when heavily packed and this bag has been tested on both Mount Elbrus and Everest Basecamp, so it’s proven to offer perfect packing protection for any kit.
3.See stars in Sutherland with the K-Way Mens Siberia '18 Down Jacket
Goose down with superior insulating properties
Wind-stop baffle system
Adjustable Cuffs & Hem
It’s not officially the highest or coldest place in South Africa, but record books prove the lowest temperature saw mercury levels drop to minus 16 degrees Celsius in Sutherland. Brrrrrrrr! Snuggle up without fear and stroll the picturesque streets in the cosy, high-collared K-Way Mens Siberia '18 Down Jacket. Uber-lightweight (less than 250g) and highly compressible it’s ideal for travel but doesn’t compromise on capability thanks to the superior insulating properties of goose down. The shell is 100-percent windproof and vapour permeable too, so it’s still breathable when you want to get more active without feeling any freeze. The icy temperatures of Sutherland also make for ideal stargazing conditions – something the chosen location of the enormous Southern African Large Telescope is testament to. Paired with the ultra-warming K-Way Ultar Sar Alpine Gloves and double layered in a K-Way Men's K2 Down Jacket you can stay out all night below the jewel-encrusted skies. If driving from Cape Town, be sure to detour past Matroosberg to build a snowman on the way.
4.Skirt the border of Lesotho with the K-Way Men's Gerarda'16 Soft-Shell Trousers
Side leg zippered close
See zebra against a snow-white backdrop in the rolling hills of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Bordering Lesotho and within easy reach of Clarens, it’s a magnificent mountain escape that offers the best of both worlds – exceptional outdoors and cosy creature comforts, such as log fires and great restaurants. Wade through any icy landscape in the K-Way Men's Gerarda'16 Soft-Shell Trousers. Made from polyester and spandex and featuring four-way stretch these guys are perfect for trekking in optimal comfort. There’s not only exceptional freedom of movement, but protection from the elements too, thanks to the durable water-resistant finish that’ll swiftly shed snow. Side leg zips also allow for easy boot access and help to keep the cold well and truly out.
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