Got back from the Fish yesterday and I’m already in serious withdrawal. It was my first one and I absolutely LOVED it! Everything went well, some blisters but the rest was dandy. My friend who lead our group, Eric McLaren, had done his 8th (he also ran it once) - so we were in great hands. I reckon next year I’m back! Just apparently the water levels were really low vs prior years and he is a tad concerned for later in the season.
I’ll be hiking the Fish River Canyon with friends for the first time this year in mid-June (15-19). I’ve had a look at some historical charts but I’m struggling to get an accurate gauge on what the night time temperatures will be like and some in my group have asked if we need tents.
Have you (or anyone else) done it around this time and have any tips on what the temperatures and water levels are like? Is it possible to sleep in the open at this time?
This remains a tricky topic simply because people differ so much…
I reckon the average night temperature (low) during winter must be close to +5, 2-3 would be rare. I’ve never done it with a tent; in my experience a decent sleeping bag is sufficient but obviously some prefer to take a tent along.
Water levels during June are mostly still high rather than low. No guarantees however, much depend on the summer rainfall before…
Hope you all have a great hike!
I take neither with me, drinking/ taking water straight from the river works fine for me. If you have a sensitive tummy, probably safer to have some form of purification with you (I know some people prefer liquids above tablets…)
Hi all, does anybody have place for 2 in their group for the FRC hike this year. My wife and I have done the hike for 5 years in a row with the exception of last year ( Too little water for us). I am now suffering withdrawal symptoms.