|Kaartman holding forth at the MCSA in Cape Town; pic by Rob of Outward Ventures|
The gluhwein flowed and the sarmies produced by the Outward Ventures staff and Mrs Kaartman were all gobbled before the evening was out. Lots of maps were sold, too – there is a huge and hefty printer’s bill to pay, two double-sided A1 maps on waterproof paper don’t come cheap, so lots of thanks due to the buyers, too. The maps sold included a couple of dozen ‘seconds’ – copies with a printer’s fingerprint on the front cover, or slightly odd folding, etc etc, but otherwise perfectly good. We offered them to indigent students and other disadvantaged persons – strange how quite a few of those were very, very senior students ...
|Some familiar faces at the MCSA launch; pic by Rob of Outward Ventures|
A couple of weeks later we moved on to Clanwilliam, with a lekker and appropriate venue in the Timeline Hall at the Living Landscape Project. Surrounded by images of rock art and the San people we celebrated the map as well as forty years of the Cederberg Wilderness, joined by a couple of dozen intrepid locals. Patrick Lane, head honcho of the Wilderness, gave a really good short presentation of what the Wilderness was all about, then accepted two large display copies of the map, the north and the south, which will be displayed at the new Algeria reception – still under construction. More Outward Ventures sarmies were washed down, this time with a truly good dry red donated by the Pakhuys Country Winery – you really should get some of that. Thanks, Lizzie!
|In the blue in the Timeline Hall in Clanwilliam; Patrick Lane and Kaartman again; pic by Mariaan Smuts|
The next day we moved on in the pouring rain to Vanrhynsdorp, after a rugby match that took place in some foreign country at about 9:30 that morning. While we were watching a French referee disgrace himself Patrick Lane was returning to the Agter-Pakhuis, to Bushmans Kloof, in fact, to attend the collaring of a large male leopard trapped by the Cape Leopard Trust. As it turns out Mrs Kaartman and I had previously met this beastie ... well, not face to face, but he had almost certainly seen us, even tho’ we unobservant humans had not seen him.
A month or so ago we were photographing his spoor – which Quinton Martins later described as ‘exceptionally large’ – when we noticed that the grass flattened by his feet was still slowly rising ... turns out that he weighed in at 57.5 kg, the largest leopard yet collared by the Cape Leopard Trust.
|Pic by Dave Mohr|
|Patrick Lane encouraging small Mohrs to stroke the leopard – pic by Dave Mohr|
|Musical launch of Hike the Cederberg at Wupperthal; left to right, Ingar Valentyn (Wupperthal Tourism), Kaartman, and the President of the MCSA; brass band, others and historic Church behind. Pic by Jeanne Ward|
The map is launched, and there will be one last blog to come in this series. It’s to be a ‘corrections and changes’ blog, where you’ll be invited to send in any changes you feel should be made to ‘Hike the Cederberg’, in its edition#2.
So it remains only to once again thank all of you – a hundred or more good people – who have contributed both to the map itself, and to its launch. I can’t name you all because we forgot to get the names of the musicians in that excellent brass band ...
Kaartman, September 2013