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”

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”

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”

PUFfer preparation 101:

I am lucky enough to have been asked by SSISA to talk about gear required for this year’s PUFfer so I thought I would add a few thoughts on general prep which might be useful to first timers of this trail run. The Peninsula Ultra Fun run is only a few months away. Those enteredContinue reading “PUFfer preparation 101:”

About bloody time: SANParks to Beef Up Security on Table Mountain

I have just read this release below. I personally know at least 5 people who have been attacked on Table Mountain. This is way too much! I hope that the promises made below are actually followed through and that this does improve everybodies safety of our mountain. Here the press release: The Chief Executive OfficerContinue reading “About bloody time: SANParks to Beef Up Security on Table Mountain”

BAt Run 09 race report

above: Tatum Loftus (1st women) and me rehydrating at the end. I was here before:The “gun” went off, Well actually more like a motley crew of mountain goats slowly headed up towards the hills, not quite running at sub 4min pace, not quite walking either. There was a larger supporting crowd than in previous yearsContinue reading “BAt Run 09 race report”