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While the club of­fers ad­ven­tur­ous out­ings for thrill seek­ers, you don’t have to be Indiana Jones to be a mem­ber.

“Al­though we plan many ad­ven­ture trips, we also do cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal ex­cur­sions and host many so­cial events. One of ACE’s key goals is to get peo­ple try­ing new things,” Archer ex­plains. “For ex­am­ple, we have taken many peo­ple climb­ing or sim­ply walk­ing through the in­ner city for the first time. We rate all trips with an el­e­ment of ad­ven­ture to en­sure peo­ple do not over­com­mit them­selves.”

The amount of peo­ple on a trip varies, but the club prefers tak­ing be­tween 10 and 15 peo­ple at a time to en­sure a more in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence while keep­ing the trips af­ford­able. Mem­bers can vol­un­teer their own ve­hi­cles for a trip. Th­ese mem­bers re­ceive a dis­count and the cost of petrol and clean­ing are re­im­bursed.

Be­cause the trips are mem­ber run, the list of up­com­ing events is de­pen­dent on the in­ter­ests of the trip lead­ers.

“We are en­cour­ag­ing our mem­bers to run their own trips with our sup­port. We have re­cently had quite a few suc­cess­ful mem­ber-run trips. Mem­bers come to us with an idea, and we as­sist them in plan­ning and bud­get­ing for the trip, and then mar­ket­ing the trip to our mem­ber­ship base. The trip leader is then sub­ject to a large dis­count for or­gan­is­ing the trip,” she con­cludes.

Climb­ing in Water­val Boven

Har­ri­smith Founders (from left): Emma Archer, Dash Cov­ille, Je­nali Skuse, Marco Coelho Hik­ing Trail – North­ern Wild Coast Mweni Val­ley in the Drak­ens­berg - KwaZulu-Natal Jozi Mozi hike through the Jo­han­nes­burg CBD Cy­cling ac­tiv­i­ties


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