Table Mountain Top 10 trail routes: #8 Three Single Tracks – Rhodes Memorial

At first I did not get trail running. “Why would anybody want to run uphill?”   The downhill part was obvious and I was used to it, even with a heavy pack, but running uphill seemed energy inefficient to me. The seconds saved over a brisk walk did not seem to warrant the extra effortContinue reading “Table Mountain Top 10 trail routes: #8 Three Single Tracks – Rhodes Memorial”

Hout Bay to Llandudno Traverse. Table Mountain Top Ten Trails #6: the adventure is out there. 

It is not often that I start a trail run at the civilized hour of 8h00 on a Saturday. But we were waiting for the tide to be out. I was lucky enough to be invited on this route by Mark Preen. This ranks as one of the best adventure trails in Cape Town. ‘ButContinue reading “Hout Bay to Llandudno Traverse. Table Mountain Top Ten Trails #6: the adventure is out there. “

Hiddingh – Ascension Ravine

My only wish for Christmas was to eat some trifle. And so my wife went to search the local Woolworths for a) a store with a manageable que and b) one that does in fact have stock of said trifle. I promptly finished the “serves 4” on my own. When asked which part of theContinue reading “Hiddingh – Ascension Ravine”

Oorlogskloof Rock Pigeon Route 5 day Hiking Trail outside Nieuwoudtville, Northern Cape – Quick Guide

Deserves to be one of the great hiking trails in South Africa! Remote, authentic and adventurous. You are continuously confronted with little rock scramble detours which highlight a kloof, waterfall, rock arch or just spectacular view. There are many, many signs naming local plants throughout. This is a real treat and everybody will get aContinue reading “Oorlogskloof Rock Pigeon Route 5 day Hiking Trail outside Nieuwoudtville, Northern Cape – Quick Guide”

Ringing the Bell:

I leave the Hikers Parking at  6h00 sharp. Scouting the first river crossing last night helps so it goes quickly and I gain altitude. I see two lights below me. They have chosen a different path. We all have. I am walking out of the darkness into mountains cast in shadows. As in Magic andContinue reading “Ringing the Bell:”

Myburgh’s Ravine: Top 10 trail running routes Table Mountain #4

nA real mountain run on a remote part of the mountain. The path is remarkably well worn. The actual Myburgh’s Ravine would probably be quite wet and treacherous in winter or after rain. Approach: Drive up to Farrier’s Way from Valley Road. You will pass through a  and park your vehicle at the end ofContinue reading “Myburgh’s Ravine: Top 10 trail running routes Table Mountain #4”

Caperoutes – a project from another decade

The Caperoutes concept was born as my second attempt in rock climbing route guides. It almost came to fruition 9 years ago. Life intervened and this project got shelved into the dusty archives of my external hard drive. I wanted to produce something new, unique and beautiful to look at. Caperoute’s aim was to provideContinue reading “Caperoutes – a project from another decade”

A tale of a journey

“Who are we, where are we, why are we, what are we” – Muse Day 1: George to Oudtshoorn via Old Montagu Pass 69 km, 1000 m ascent, 4h18 Mel went for a swim at the Virgin Active while I hopped on my bike. Keen to start my journey. Around the circle and up theContinue reading “A tale of a journey”