Four Day crash course in Fastpacking:

What I learnt from four days of lightweight backpacking or fastpacking: I have over 20 years experience in carrying very heavy loads (mainly climbing gear) up very remote peaks. This is quite a different skill set to Ultra Light travel to which I am far less experienced. The Osprey Talon 22 is perfectly adequate toContinue reading “Four Day crash course in Fastpacking:”

Enduroman race report

I was fascinated by road kill. There it was, I had seen the blue gel packet in the same spot twice before and a little further on I would find the orange jelly baby just to my left on a flat rock. Discarded but now a friendly supporter on each of my three laps ofContinue reading “Enduroman race report”

PUFfer Preparation 301

I have had an interesting email conversation with a fellow trail runner on gear and how to best use it stretching over the last few weeks. This conversation and my presentation at SSISA prompted me to put expand on ideas here. My comments are aimed specifically at PUFfer runners but are universally applicable. Let meContinue reading “PUFfer Preparation 301”

Three things I liked about the Argus Cycle Tour Expo:

Every year in March there is a mad frenzy to get everything ready for the Argus Expo. The biggest retail expo in SA and certainly bigger than anything else in the sporting goods market. Every year I see the same faces. Eddy Cassar and his crew run good operation. This year I was struck byContinue reading “Three things I liked about the Argus Cycle Tour Expo:”

Race Nutrition: an experiment of one

I could already see the finish. It was just a km or so of downhill, a shortish road section (also downhill) and then a run across the beach of Hout Bay to the finish line. Yes you guessed it I was getting to the end of the Hout Bay Trail Challenge. What I did notContinue reading “Race Nutrition: an experiment of one”