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 provide accurate route information to facilitate your adventure. The mountains have not moved in the interim.

What inspired Caperoutes?

I love Dave Cheesemond’s Classic 50 Routes. This was and in many ways still can be a “to do” list of routes. My initial thoughts was to modernise this and make Caperoutes into the ultimate bucket list.

Why am I publishing this now?

I have put a ton of work into producing these mini guides. The Caperoutes guide as a whole is not complete but in its parts as mini guides to individual areas they make sense. Each mini guide hopefully gives the best routes in that area across various grades. This info has been sitting in a folder on my computer for too long. There is much fun adventure out there to be had. Hopefully these topos can help you find some of that for yourself.

Are they accurate?

As accurate as any guide out there. Yes there are mistakes as I discovered with The Ledge. There always will be and that makes for good stories around the gas stove.

Will they be published in a book?

Not by me (unless I get paid a whole bunch of money to make this worthwhile 😉 )

Why am I doing this now since I have not climbed in close to a decade?

I am not wanting to tread on anybody’s toes. There are fantastic route guides out there in print. Please support them. However there is also a huge gap. This project hopefully can complement what is out there.

So I trust the info is still relevant. Use it, share it, don’t use it. Whatever.

A picture is worth a thousand words:

Topos are the way forward! They are much easier to understand for locals and international visitors. The combination of photographs and sketched topos offer you the perfect amount of info without taking away from the experience.

I had big visions for this project but became overwhelmed by the enormity of it all. Several people inspired me along the way. Stefan, Tristan, Justin, Riki, the forgotten German. Thanks for supporting me when you did.

All material is original and I would really appreciate if you respect my copyright on it.

Here is the list of mini guides for you to download. Enjoy and leave a comment if you want.

Caperoute Symbols

Caperoute Tafelberg

Caperoutes Castle Rocks

Caperoutes Jonkershoek

Caperoutes Apostles

Caperoutes Krakadouw

Caperoutes Maltese Cross

Caperoutes Wolfberg

Caperoutes Yellowood Amphitheater


How to survive the Pick and Pay Argus cycle Tour 2014:

Entries for next year’s Argus have sold out in a record 6 days! The only way you can still get a place on the start line now is to get a charity entry. Assuming that you have raised enough Randelas for dying pandas in Mexico you can now turn your attention to how to get ready for 9 March 2014!

Every year I see the same thing come spring when winter bodies are forced into summer lycra. Everybody heads out on their steads. A few things should be remembered in order to ensure that you have the best chance of success on the day. I say chance because unless you follow these simple pointers you are wasting your money on the latest Tour de France training techniques and Lance Armstrong drug cocktail.

Most importantly is that you get to race day in one piece. This is what I will concentrate on for this blogpost.

1) Make sure you choose the safest routes when out on your bike!

No riding on highways of any kind. That means any road that has a blue road sign is strictly off limits despite the fact that they may be part of the race route. So no riding on hospital bend and the Blue Route M3 highway. It is not pretty when a car traveling at 100km/h collides with a bicycle.

2) Ride safe. Be aware of your surroundings, be aware of other road users. That means never go through a red traffic light. Not because it is convenient or the right thing to do. How can you expect motorists to respect you as a co road user when you weave in and out of cars? Think of it from there point of view. “There goes that cyclist again and now I need to pass him AGAIN inconveniencing myself” this makes motorists angry.

Ride single file. Simple. Yes obviously there are occasions when riding two abreast is perfectly safe but you better acknowledge motorists so that they can see that you intend to get out of the way.

3) Make yourself visible. Red light at the back and flashing white light at the front really draw attention.

Don’t assume that motorists have seen you. Malcolm Gladwell writes about this in Blink.

Greet and acknowledge other road users. A simple thankful wave when a car waits patiently behind you to pass goes a long way. Think of it as reinforcing positive behaviour.