In an effort to unravel hiking mysteries from afar, I contacted Marion Hüfner of the Johannesburg Hiking Club. The following interview provides a few insights into South Africa and Johannesburg hiking!

How and where were you introduced to the outdoors?
South Africa is a country for the outdoors so everybody gets out into the country as we have the most glorious weather.

What has been your favourite hiking trail or outdoor area?
The Otter trail in the Cape.  Last year we were in the Rockies and we did some beautiful day hikes there.

Please share an outdoor story related to one of the above areas.
The Otter trail – seeing the beauty of the Cape and the whales whilst hiking along the rugged coastline.  The Rockies – Lake Louise/Lake Moraine – The Larch trail and seeing the countryside covered in these beautiful yellow Larch trees – fantastic.

Have you ever been lost in the wilderness? If so please describe this adventure and any lessons learned.
No never.

Can you share any unique encounters with wild animals?
The Otter trail – snakes, otters, whales.   Rockies – mountain goats, many squirrels.

If not previously mentioned, have you ever completed a thru-hike or multi-day backpacking trip and what nuggets of wisdom did you glean from it?
The Fish River Canyon – water purifier is very important.  Do not take unnecessary items.

What is your favourite outdoor website?
Here I would obviously have to say the Johannesburg Hiking Club’s website.

What is your favourite outdoor hiking gear store?
This would have to be one of the stores which supports the Johannesburg Hiking Club – CapeStorm or Drifters

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