Jaco van Staden, Hardus van Staden, Suandrie Corbett, Michaela Stanley, Kayla Gaigher, Meggan Cloete & Megan Meyer.
Seven gold President Award candidates from Merensky High School completed the popular Strandloper hiking trail on the East Coast between Kei-Mouth and Gonubie during the school holidays from 25 to 31 March. This route is well known by the Merensky President’s Award tutors, as it is the third group of Plasies to complete the adventure.
The Strandloper runs for three nights and four days. Sea life such as sea anemones, starfish, crayfish and numerous dolphins were also spotted. A number of Geocaches have also been found along the various routes.
For the Plasies, walking along the sea sounded idyllic, but they quickly realised that this experience included not only sun, sand and sea – they also had to face rocky terrain. Dangerous cliffs caused some stressfull moments. On the last day the group was challenged with deep river mouths through which they had to swim. Yet, it was also a pleasant experience after a long, hot day.
The hikers, Jaco and Hardus van Staden, Suandrie Corbett, Michaela Stanley, Kayla Gaigher, Meggan Cloete and Megan Meyer, are now excited to complete their journals for submission, so they can finally claim the gold award.