Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Report Back #33: new Cederberg Touring map published

1. New Touring Map out

2. Farewell, Quinton and Elizabeth

3. Help us with ants, please

1. New Touring Map

It’s out there at last, our all-revised Touring Map of the Cederberg. We have revised the original section completely as well as extending the map northwards, to include the Bokkeveld Plateau. This should be a boon to flower enthusiasts who want to explore the Nieuwoudtville / Loeriesfontein / Calvinia area, as well as the Knersvlakte.

The Location Map shows the new coverage
We decided to only print a waterproof version this time, as the paper copies turned out to be too fragile for regular, rugged use, especially for cyclists and 4 x 4 navigators. The new map also incorporates Chris Berens’ delicate and effective relief shading. We have also made a special package available online, where you can buy the Touring Map and the Hiking Map together for a 25% reduction. If you can’t find this on our website, it will be up very soon.
If you’d like to get the new map [or any other products on our website] you can get a further 20% discount until the end of October 2014. Choose the Cederberg map from the link above and click on ‘Add to Cart’. Go through the log-in procedure with MonsterPay – if the OTP they promise does not arrive in your email inbox, check your junk mail box too [their message sometimes gets diverted by your system]. When you’ve moved on to the page after you’ve put in your address – the page is headed ‘SHIPPING, etc etc ...’ – you’ll see a little panel marked ‘Do you have a gift certificate or promotional code?’ Enter this code in the space provided – make sure you type it correctly, with spaces: Cederberg 11 . You’ll be invited to click on ‘Redeem Gift Certificate’. Now you’ll notice that your final bill includes a 20% discount labelled ‘Launch Coupon’ ... and there you are – we’ll post you your 20% off map as soon as we receive your order. Offer valid, as they say, until the end of October 2014 only ...

2. Farewell, Quinton and Elizabeth

We’ll be saying a fond farewell at the end of this year to Quinton, Elizabeth and Ayla Martins of the Cape Leopard Trust. The work that Quinton has done on behalf of our leopards is inestimable; while the education project that Elizabeth has initiated at Matjiesrivier has already changed hundreds of lives and attitudes. The Martins are moving to California where Quinton will be taking charge of a global snow leopard project. He will be staying in touch with the CLT, though, just as Liz will be running the education project from far away, so they are not lost to the Cederberg. Go well guys, you’ll have to learn to surf before you come back. And ski, too, I guess.

3. Help us with ants, please

The Ant Atlas project may not yet be formally off the ground, but in the meantime we have started to construct the website and it already has quite a lot of info and illustrations. Over the next few weeks it will gradually fill out, so please visit there if you’d like to help with this important project. The web address is www.ants.org.za and your comments will always be very welcome.

All the best

Kaartman, Sept 2014