Two Trails, Three Runs – SPARC Trail Running Talk 12/12/17. My UTMB and TTR experience

In 1991 I pitched my tent in the same spot as far more famous climber from South Africa had done 8 years before. Chamonix is the birth place of alpinism and modern mountain travel. The view from Snell’s Field camp site at sunset up the Mer du Glas to the Dru was and still is inspiring. IContinue reading “Two Trails, Three Runs – SPARC Trail Running Talk 12/12/17. My UTMB and TTR experience”

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:”

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”

Overberg cycle tour 21 to 24 Dec 2013

The idea of doing a cycle tour has been in my head for a long time. I did not find the right degree of challenge and manageability for our plan until a few months ago. M and I were cycling in Grabouw and loved it. A plan was coming together for our December holiday. IContinue reading “Overberg cycle tour 21 to 24 Dec 2013”

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!”

The week (and a bit) that was: Knysna Big 4 +1

Indeed this was the best 10 days Mel and I had this winter! The plan was for us to ride the Mountain Bike and Road Ride together and then we would see how it goes from there. 80km Mountain Bike Ride: We roll downhill to the start in the centre of town. M downs aContinue reading “The week (and a bit) that was: Knysna Big 4 +1”

Steenberg Ridge scramble

A brief description of the fantastic scramble just above Lakeside. A new year and a new adventure. All Cape Tonian’s have seen it. Very in your face in just the right light. Right there in front of you, up on the hill, just at the end of the road. The M3 that is. Steenberg RidgeContinue reading “Steenberg Ridge scramble”