Top Ten Table Mountain Trail Routes: #2 Arboretum, Silvermine Loop

This is the second installment to document my Top Trail routes on Table Mountain. The first is here. Overview: Super steep but (only just) runnable ascent to the fantastic loop around the Silvermine Dam. The route starts in forest plantation and takes you into the fynbos higher up. Distance: 13 km (1h45 to 3h) Total Ascent:Continue reading “Top Ten Table Mountain Trail Routes: #2 Arboretum, Silvermine Loop”

Top Ten Table Mountain Trail routes: Kringe in die Bos

The trails are wet, evenings are dark and temps are cool: perfect for hitting the trails. I want to list my top ten trail routes that showcase the best of Table Mountain in no particular order. All can be completed in 1 to 3h depending on speed. Today I feature one of my old andContinue reading “Top Ten Table Mountain Trail routes: Kringe in die Bos”

Mnweni Marathon race report

Our day starts at 5h00 when Roger picks me up just before the rain comes down in earnest. It is friday morning and the beginning of our journey to the Drakensberg. We are about to embark on an epic drive to the Mnweni Hiking & Cultural Centre which is the start venue for this race.Continue reading “Mnweni Marathon race report”

Two Cederberg Day Walks

Algeria – Waterfall – Middleburg hut – Voor Warmhoek: 20km – 1000m ascent We got our day permit at the Algeria office (which opens at 7h30). This is free with a Wildcard. The walk up to the Waterfall is given as taking 3h round trip but we comfortably walked up to the impressive waterfall and deepContinue reading “Two Cederberg Day Walks”

Tuesday Morning Run aka the most fun you can have in 90 min – well almost

Every Tuesday morning we head out onto the hill come rain or shine. Some outings are more walks, some are more runs. Last week was one of my favorites. From the Newlands Fire Base, up Woodcutters Trail to the Contour Path, Newlands Ravine to Devil’s Peak Saddle, across to Breakfast Rock, contour to above Oppleskop.Continue reading “Tuesday Morning Run aka the most fun you can have in 90 min – well almost”

Running the TMB – Guide to a circumnavigation around Mont Blanc and a traverse through three countries!

 Chamonix is the staging ground for many mountain adventures. Mont Blanc (Western Europe’s highest peak at 4810m) towers above town. Mont Blanc also defines the border between Italy and France.   The adventure I describe here is the Trail du Mont Blanc. This is a multi-day hiking trail which starts in the Chamonix valley andContinue reading “Running the TMB – Guide to a circumnavigation around Mont Blanc and a traverse through three countries!”

utmb 2010 in pictures

  Chamonix Valley: peaks on the left are: Les Drus, Aiguile du Midi (furthest right of the spikes) and Mont Blanc (highest peak in Western Europe) UTMB runs down the valley and finishes high on the slopes on the right.   UTMB Leg 1: View down the valley from Chamonix showing Les Houches and theContinue reading “utmb 2010 in pictures”