Tuesday, January 31, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: OTHER GREAT TRAIL RUNS AND EVENTS

Hi Everyone

 

WEDNESDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2012

 

 

BRONWYN’S FAMOUS INFORMAL WEDNESDAY KLOOF NEK TRAIL RUN

 

There will definitely be a run.  But can we ask that if you are planning to attend this run, please rsvp to Tim (timbe@boe.co.za) just for this week.  This so we can contact you if we decide to move the start of the run this week.

 

For now the start is at Kloof Nek car park in front of the SANParks Info Centre at 17h15 but this could change.  So please rsvp; event the Usual Suspects.  Did I mention, please rsvp ?

 

 

CRAG TRAIL RUN

Leader:  Barry Washkansky

Date:  Wednesday 01 February 2012

Time: ready to start running at 17h45 sharp

Location:  Twelve Apostles, western slopes of TM

Route description:  Starting from Theresa Ave, Rontree Estate in Camps Bay, we head steeply up to the Pipe Track, that venerable and popular promenade along the lower reaches of the Twelve Apostles, originally constructed in 1887 to allow access to workers (and materials) building the water pipeline from Slangolie Ravine to Kloof Nek. A left turn along the Pipe Track allows a bit of stretching of the legs for some distance towards Kloof Nek, as far as the start of the Diagonal route. Now it’s a long slog and scramble up the steep path around Porcupine Buttress, up the rock-stepped watercourse in Porcupine Ravine, and continuing around Jubilee Buttress before the final ascent to reach the Apostles Path in the Valley of the Red Gods. A short run along the top brings us to our descent via the dependable but sometimes slippery Kasteelspoort (Castle Gateway) to the Pipe Track, and we retrace our route to the starting point. Sunset is at 19h51.

Duration and distance:  approx 120 mins, 8 km

Walkers:  John Damata will lead walkers on a BRISK walk, leaving from the same place at the same time, for the same approximate duration. Walkers are advised to bring the appropriate equipment (see below).

Grading

—   40 % runnable

—   mostly A1, some B2 (minor rock scrambling involved, but skills required not much more than when climbing a ladder; some exposure)

—   pack run

Starting point: Theresa Avenue, Rontree Estate (Google Maps link: http://tinyurl.com/32d7zz5)

Directions:  From Kloof Nek take Camps Bay Drive M62 down into Camps Bay. Take the THIRD left into Fiskaal and follow this road as it snakes up the mountain. Fiskaal becomes Francolin and eventually Theresa. About 500 m from the start of Theresa you’ll find our starting point at the end of a little side road on the left. Parking in the side road is limited, so please find yourself a spot somewhere along Theresa Ave. I suggest we all park on the sea side of the road, taking care not to obstruct any driveways or bends in the road (solid lines). This run will take a bit longer than the usual Wednesday outing so it is important that we start on time — PLEASE don't be late.

Equipment

—         valid Wildcard/Green Card

—         water/energy drink/munchies

—         foul weather gear, if required (see http://tinyurl.com/CRAG-weather)

—         personal medication (if required)

—         something for rehydration after the run

—         warmer/dryer clothing for the rehydrate session

Car guards:  01 Feb: Rod Prodgers & Agnes Noell

 

CAPE SUMMER TRAIL SERIES – RACE 4

 

Tygerberg Nature Reserve

 

For full details check out www.trailseries.co.za

 

 

 

THURSDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2012

 

 

 

CELTICS SUMMER TRAIL RUNS

 

On Thursday 2nd February we meet at Kloof Nek for the run to start at 18h00. We will do the Deer Park Route.

 

The route starts from the Kloof Nek parking area (where the Sanparks info centre is.) Meet in the parking area on the left just 100 metres up Tafelberg Road from the traffic circle on Kloof Nek. It heads in the direction of Devil’s Peak taking in the humps and hills of Deer Park. It then climbs steadily to Dead Man’s Tree on Tafelberg Road and heads back along Tafelberg Road past the base of Platteklip and Lower Cableway back down to the start.

 

Distance: +/- 9km.

 

Great for ‘night’ running and if it is a clear night, the views from Tafelberg road of Table Mountain on the one side and the city on the other as you run back to your cars will be fantastic!

 

NB: PLEASE ALL DO YOUR BEST TO STAY IN YOUR GROUPS – MOST PARTICULARLY DO NOT RUN AHEAD OF YOUR GROUP LEADER. If you are new to the runs and unsure of the pace of the various groups, then rather run with a slower group initially. Thanks

 

 

 

CRAG STELLENBOSCH / SOMERSET WEST TRAIL RUN

 

No details yet.  I won’t send out a general email when they arrive so if you want the details, drop me an email and I will forward them.

 

 

OTHER RUNS AND EVENTS

 

WILD CARD RENEWALS – MESSAGE FROM AWARD- AND SHOE-WINNING TRAIL RUNNER ALLISON LAMB

 

………. Sanparks Green card 12 entries for R85 which is a whole lot cheaper than the R305 individual Wild Card. It covers Silvermine, Boulders, Cape Point, Tokai and Ouedekraal so ideal for the occasional trail runner. It’s not individual specific like a Wild Card so your visiting aunty can use one of the 12 annual entries. I’m pasting in the link for info, you need to bring your ID, 2 ID photos, a utility bill and R85. You can’t buy it online like a Wild Card but Kirstenbosch Tourist info centre will issue it as well as a few other places listed on the web page:
http://www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain/tourism/access-cards-permits.php#green

Cheers
Allison

 

 

 

SUMMER TRAIL SERIES

 

Check out below or at www.trailseries.co.za  for full details.

 

 

 

 VALENTINE’S DAY TRAIL RUN

Looks like you have to enter via the Runner’s World Facebook page.

 

 

GARDEN ROUTE TRAIL RUNS IN FEBRUARY – FROM HANO OTTO

For those of you that might be around the Garden Route area over the first weekend of February:

Entries are now open for the Diaz Festival Adventure Run taking place on 5 February 2012. This exciting Adventure Run coincides with the popular Diaz Festival in Mossel Bay. The longest section of Trail will be run on the spectacular St Blaize Trail. This Trail is a popular hike that follows the 30 metre contour along the cliffs eastwards from Dana Bay towards the Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse. The trail offers dramatic sea views, excellent whale and dolphin watching, good birding, and interesting fynbos.

Enter online:
www.southerncrossadventure.co.za

That’s it for now.

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Monday, January 30, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2012 - SILVERMINE EAST TRAIL RUN LITE

 

 

Good morning All

 

 

MONDAY HILL RUN

 

Bad news again.  I won’t be able to lead a hill run today.  If anyone is keen on running a “hill” please let me know before 14h30 today and I will co-ordinate it.  But if I hear nothing, and you hear nothing further, consider it cancelled today.

 

 

SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2012 – DEPARTURE FROM THE SCHEDULE – AN EASY ANTI-CLOCKWISE RUN IN SILVERMINE EAST (GATE 2 / R5 GATE / MUIZENBERG SIDE OF OU KAAPSEWEG)

 

For numerous reasons, inter alia, the bodies are taking strain and there are now some more strenuous Bat Run Training Runs on Sundays with MATES etc , we are going to be doing a Trail Run Lite this weekend and it is a departure from our ‘planned runs’ schedule.  Jane will be updating the Facebook page.

 

Start Time and Place

 

07h15 from the parking area inside Silvermine Gate 2 (the R5 gate / the gate on the Muizenberg – Kalk Bay side of Ou Kaapseweg).  To get there, drive up Ou Kaapseweg from the Tokai side (keeping an eye out for the Gate Guard walking up from Westlake – give him a lift).  At the top, the road flattens out for a short while and you PASS the turn to Gate 1 on your right.  Ignore it and keep going till the road starts dropping down to your left.  At this point start looking for Gate 2 on your LEFT.  It comes up quite suddenly so don’t drive as fast as the lunatics trying to get over the pass.  Go through the boom on your left and park in the parking area on your right.  That’s where we start.

 

Route

 

We head straight down the road to the waterfall and then continue on the contour path above the valley.  We then take the path up towards the top of Echo Valley / Cave Peak turnoff area.  Up to the Amphitheatre and across to the top of Spes Bona valley.  If it’s a cool day we will go down Spes Bona and then up to Nellie’s Pool.  If it is a scorcher (as forecast by Peter Rogers) then we will head “straight across” to Nellie’s Pool for a splash.  Then it is over to the foot of Muizenberg Peak, left and over to the foot of Lower Steenberg Peak, across the Higher Steenberg Peak and then right down the valley before Wolfkop and back to the cars.

 

 

Distance

 

Only between 12 – 15km.  Closer to 12km I think.

 

 

Running Time

 

2 – 2 ½ hours.

 

 

Difficulty

 

Moderate but quite short.

 

 

Important Notes

 

  1. I think the entrance fee is still R5 but bring some extra and give the attendant a tip (as in financial gratuity, not free advice).  A small price to pay for car safety these days.

 

  1. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and carry the necessary wind-proof jacket, whistle and cell phone.

 

  1. And PLEASE carry water.  Lots of it. Do not rely on mountain streams at this time of year.  And bring some energy snacks.

 

  1. Sunblock and a cap.  If anyone wants lessons on how to apply sunblock (and also how to remove it in a desperate emergency) speak to Sandra Murray.

 

  1. Watch out for snakes.

 

  1. Fill in the register before starting out.

 

  1. Have fun.  It’s not a race.

 

  1. Bringing ICE cold rehydrating be’erages for afterwards.

 

  1. On the topic of having fun:  Please be aware that trail running and related activities are inherently riskier and more dangerous than road running.  You are participating in these runs voluntarily and whilst acsis VOB and the organisers of the runs take all reasonable precautions to ensure runner safety, it can never be fully guaranteed.  To this end, acsis VOB and the organisers personally cannot be held liable for claims relating to injuries, disabilities and deaths, inter alia, that may occur during these events.  You are participating entirely at your own risk.  Please ensure that you are medically fit to be participating and make sure that you are properly kitted out for each particular run so as not to place yourself at undue risk.

 

 

 

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS – SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2012

 

They will be sortie’ing from Constantia Nek at 06h30 – route to be announced.

 

 

 

 

FEEDBACK FROM THE MYBURGH’S WATERFALL RAVINE RUN (THE DISA RUN) – PHOTOS TO FOLLOW (HOPEFULLY)

 

I don’t what the heck was going on on Saturday but many of us were in agreement that we just felt “pap”.  Personally, I blame last week’s solar flare that was supposed to knock out all of our satellites and half the world’s electricity supply but thankfully disappointed the doomsdayers.   But there was definitely something sapping the energy out of people and if it wasn’t for the sheer beauty of this run, I think a lot of us would have been a lot grumpier than we were.  The malaise kicked in early.  As we commenced our rare downhill start, Margaret thought better of things and decided it was time to head back to bed.  She did a swift “omkeer” and telephoned her apologies (thank you Margaret).

 

Chris Whales did a very fine job of leading us to the Boskykloof Road start (which I had never done before but gets a solid tick in the “to be repeated” book) and then into the correct ravine.  Thank you very much Chris.  A certain well known runner tells a very amusing story of what happens when you start up the wrong ravine………..  To hear this you need to attend the post-run debriefing session one week and ply the well-known runner with ICE cold beer (I think Castle is his preference).  He also implicates another well-known runner but it would be unfair to name Kevin Ewers when he is not here to defend himself……..ooops.

 

The climb up Myburgh’s is simply spectacular.  It must be noted that there are some steeper, slightly exposed sections which can make one a little dizzy if one hasn’t had a good breakfast.  But as long as you take your time it is perfectly safe and these areas tend to give you stunning panoramic views which I would bet that the vast majority of Capetonians have never seen and probably never will.  Breathtaking!  Whilst the fields of red disas did not materialise (as Gideon put it) there were sufficient around to make the trip worthwhile for those who did it for this reason.  There were already a few hikers up there who were less than pleased to see a sweaty bunch of trail runners heaving past them.  As one of them remarked: “for trail runners, there is not a lot of running going on” – ouch!

 

I know that a number of people took photos.  If you are happy to do so, please would you send them to me and I will ask Jane if she can put some of them on the Facebook page.

 

Karen and Grant found a few blue disas (significantly less obvious or spectacular then their red cousins) near the top of the ravine and stopped to take pictures……..and nearly got left behind by the rest of us who were thinking “well that was fun but now let’s get running already”.  And so it was that Jane split the group up so that the faster runners could push on.  The rest of us followed as best we could.  I remember describing the route from the top of Myburgh’s to the finish as “easy easy easy”.  I may, in fact, have glossed over things a bit.  By the time we got to the dams we were exhausted and half of the group decided they had had enough excitement for the day and took the concrete road back to the cars.  The rest of us decided to take the Ash Valley track as a slightly easier option than Nursery Valley.  We got to the hut in the valley, no problem, and then the path seemed to disappear. “Here it is” cried Elvira and charged off, with all of us in tow, into an area that could only be described as “unfamiliar”.  We ground to a confused halt and this was accompanied by the traditional sniggers.  A little backtracking and we were soon on the right path again…………..HOWEVER……….. Elvera, because you were at the head of the misadventure……..please accept this Missing Margaret Award from the Committee.  J 

 

As we stopped for a little water break at the bailiffs cottage, who should run past us on his way down the mountain?  None other than Ryan Sands.  So as we started running again, Elvera and Robyn, with the speed, strength and agility of mountain lionesses (aka ……), took off in hot pursuit, leading the charge down the mountain.  However, when it seemed that Ryan was determined to run down on the road, they abandoned him in disgust and took the single track.  I could have sworn I heard him say “phew”  but maybe he was just tired.

 

And so our run (and this email) drew slowly to an end.  Just when it seemed that we would be without a Sailing Sandra Award, I heard a rumour that Glenn Buchinsky (very subdued for most of the run) took a fall to end all falls on the last piece of single track down from the Eagles Nest.  But unlike the eagles, he “did not so much fly as plummet” (apologies to Monty Python).  Now I didn’t see Glenn afterwards as he had already dashed off to his car.  But Glenn, I hope you are okay and Happy Sailing Sandra to you.

 

Finally, although the CEO of Trail Running had been absent from the run, citing a hangover, lack of sleep, a lazy bladder and a faulty alarm clock, it was good to see him waiting in the car park to open the ritual “quaffing of ale” (his preference being Castle) to close the morning’s proceedings.  Quaffing being “like drinking only you spill more” (I think that might be Blackadder).

 

Have a great week Everyone.

 

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Friday, January 27, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: VERY IMPORTANT FRIDAY WRAP UP

 

 

Hi Everyone

 

 

SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2012 – acsis VOB TRAINING RUNS

 

IMPORTANT CHANGE TO START OF SATURDAY MYBURGHS WATERFALL RAVINE RUN (REPEAT FROM TUESDAY)

 

By now you will note that our acsis VOB Saturday runs are ON.  For those doing the Myburghs Waterfall Ravine run, please note that the start will be from CONSTANTIA NEK,  not Farriers Way as previously advertised.  06h30 start.  Please pass this message on to our notorious “Monday only skim readers”.

 

For all other details check out: http://vobtrail.blogspot.com/ .

 

 

The Table Mountain Trailers sortie is also on.  06h30 at Kirstenbosch Rycroft Gate (also known, to VOB runners, as Top Tap or Top Gate).  For all other details check out: http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

SATURDAY WEATHER FORECAST thanks to www.yr.no

 

Nice pleasant morning.  Don’t forget to bring water.  Constant “breeze” so a windbreaker will be a thoroughly good idea.

 

 

 

SUNDAY TRAINING RUN – 29 JANUARY 2012

 

MATES BAT RUN TRAINING RUN

 

“It is time to start training for Bat Run! For the next couple of weeks we will be focussing on ups and downs of Devil’s Peak, Platties and Maclears, and even if you are not thinking of doing the actual race (why, I don’t know) this sort of training will be exactly what you need to get rid of those final dregs of all that Xmas pud that is still lingering in your system. And you get familiar enough with the route that you can do it at night. Without ending up in Newlands. 

Where: Kloofnek Parking: As you drive up Kloofnek and turn left into Tafelberg Road, turn left into the second parking area where they TMNP information hokkie is.

When: 06h30 start.

What: Bring water, snax, weather appropriate kit. And ICE cold beer for afterwards.

Route: From Kloofnek along Tafelberg Road (t*r) to bottom of Devil’s Peak. Along the way, you can do the Royal Wave at your roady buddies doing Kloofnek Challenge coming the other way while you coolly stride along in your trail kit. Up the zig zags, up Devil’s Peak, down to Tafelberg Road. A bit more t*r, then up Platties (maybe even all the way to Maclears), down and some more t*r to Kloofnek. The beauty of this route is that you can customise it to suit your fitness – if Devil’s kills you, then slope along Tafelberg Road back to the car park.

Duration and distance: The distance is rather insignificant, Devil’s Peak should take about 2 – 3 hours and the whole thing maybe up to 4 - 5 hours. 

Seeya! 

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945”

 

 

SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2012 – RACE

 

TSiBA EDUCATION NEW BALANCE TRAIL RUN SERIES

 

                                                               

 

Map : Helderberg Farm

 

                               

 

 

Whatever you’re up to, have a great weekend.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: OTHER GREAT RUNS AND EVENTS

Hi Everyone

 

Sorry this is a bit late.  But this email relies on me receiving a number of other emails.  I try and leave it until the last of them gets in so this can result in delays.  Even then, sometimes we don’t get all of the info in time……..

 

 

CHANGE TO THE START PLACE FOR THE acsis VOB RUN ON SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2012

 

The applies only to the group that is going to run the Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine Run, not the Table Mountain Trailers.

 

All we are doing is making a change to circumvent the Car Admin factor.  The run is going to start at Constantia Nek, not Farriers Way in Hout Bay.  So toss that map away.  Chris Whales is going to lead us on an alternative path to get to the path to Myburghs.  This will involve an extra 2km, mostly downhill as a nice little warm up before hitting the ravine.  A portion of this will be on the Main Road going down into Hout bay so extreme caution must be exercised.

 

So please, no-one is to go to Farriers Way to start.  We won’t even be running past it.  Please go to Constantia Nek in time to fill out the register and get running by 06h30 at the latest.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 25 JANUARY 2012

 

 

BRONWYN’S FAMOUS INFORMAL KLOOF NEK TRAIL RUN

 

Despite our gallant leader’s injury, we will be there for a run starting at 17h15 sharp.  Start from the Kloof Nek car park in front of the SANParks Info Centre.  Between 8 – 12km at a medium pace.

 

 

CRAG TRAIL RUN

 

Wednesday 25th Jan:

 

Leader:           Dirk McIntosh

 

Date:               25th January 2012

 

Time:              Ready to start running at 17h45 sharp

 

Location:      Northern slopes of Table Mountain

 

Route description: From the start on Tafelberg Road (where the Blue gum trees are), we head upwards on the Devil’s Peak Saddle Path until we reach the Lower Traverse which we follow towards Oppelskop and King’s Blockhouse. Once we’ve reached King’s Blockhouse and have recovered suitably, we head right and start the climb up Mowbray Ridge, turning right onto the Middle Traverse, and hoping to get a glimpse of the lonely Tahr that’s been seen there, follow the path through to the Saddle. Once we regrouped we begin our descent down the Saddle Path to our starting point.

Sunset is at 19:56.

 

Duration and distance: approx 90-120 mins, 10 km

 

Walkers: Christo Steyn will lead walkers on a BRISK walk, leaving from the same place at the same time, for the same approximate duration. Walkers are advised to bring the appropriate equipment (see below).

 

Grading

— 70 % runnable

— Grading: A1 (B2 for the short ascent above the Blockhouse – note that there is some scrambling up the steep rocks above the Block House which may intimidate those who are afraid of heights – so, if you are at all acrophobic, you may want to avoid this one).

— pack run

 

Starting point: Tafelberg Road (The Saddle) (Google Maps link: http://tinyurl.com/38d2kum)

 

Directions: Get to Kloof Nek via Kloof Nek Road from the city, or Camps Bay Drive from Hout Bay/Camps Bay side, and follow the Cable Car signs into Tafelberg Road, past the Lower Cable Station; about 2 km further there is a parking area under gum trees on the left, opposite the clearly signboarded Saddle Path, which is the starting point.

 

Equipment

— valid Wildcard/Green Card

— water/energy drink/munchies

— foul weather gear, if required (long-range forecast is slightly cloudy, no rain, 18–26 ºC, wind SE 35 km/h)

— personal medication (if required)

— something for rehydration after the run

— warmer/dryer clothing for the rehydrate session

 

Car guards: 25 Jan: Gavin Goldsmith, Ezan Wilson

 

 

 

CAPE TRAIL SERIES

 

RACE NO 3:         SILVERMINE WEST

 

For full details check out www.trailseries.co.za .

 

 

THURSDAY 26 JANUARY 2012

 

CELTICS SUMMER TRAIL RUN

 

No details received yet, sorry.

 

 

CRAG STELLENBOSCH / SOMERSET WEST TRAIL RUN

 

No details received yet, sorry.

 

 

SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2012

 

In addition to the acsis VOB Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine Run

 

 

THE TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS (acsis VOB Medium Distance, Slower Group)

 

28 January: Kirstenbosch-Newlands Forest

 

Brief Description of Route

From the Kirstenbosch Rycroft Gate [Top Tap] through the gardens to contour path and then along towards Newlands and returning via an alternative route.  This is a bit of a surprise route as  Veronica Barnes is planning it so I know not the details.

 

Rendezvous and Start Time

RV in the parking area off Klassens Rd.  Be ready to start running at 0630

 

How to get there?   Follow the M63 out of town towards Constantia Nek, drive  past the main entrance to Kirstenbosch Gardens and up Canterbury Rd to the top where it turns sharp left. Klassens Rd is hard left again opposite the top entrance to Kirstenbosch which is the Rycroft Gate.  Parking is along the left hand side of Klaasens Rd.

 

Terrain and Distance

Probably forest trails with some inevitable uphill.  Actually have no idea as it depends where Veronica leads us!
Distance will be about 12 kms taking us more or less  2hrs 30min.

 

 

TSiBA EDUCATION NEW BALANCE TRAIL RUN SERIES

See race flyer below.

 

 

OTHER RUNS AND EVENTS

 

WILD CARD RENEWALS – MESSAGE FROM AWARD- AND SHOE-WINNING TRAIL RUNNER ALLISON LAMB

 

………. Sanparks Green card 12 entries for R85 which is a whole lot cheaper than the R305 individual Wild Card. It covers Silvermine, Boulders, Cape Point, Tokai and Ouedekraal so ideal for the occasional trail runner. It’s not individual specific like a Wild Card so your visiting aunty can use one of the 12 annual entries. I’m pasting in the link for info, you need to bring your ID, 2 ID photos, a utility bill and R85. You can’t buy it online like a Wild Card but Kirstenbosch Tourist info centre will issue it as well as a few other places listed on the web page:
http://www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain/tourism/access-cards-permits.php#green

Cheers
Allison

 

 

 

SUMMER TRAIL SERIES

 

Check out below or at www.trailseries.co.za  for full details.

 

 

TSiBA EDUCATION NEW BALANCE TRAIL RUN SERIES

 

                                                               

 

Map : Helderberg Farm

 

                               

 

 

 

 VALENTINE’S DAY TRAIL RUN

Looks like you have to enter via the Runner’s World Facebook page.

 

 

GARDEN ROUTE TRAIL RUNS IN FEBRUARY – FROM HANO OTTO

For those of you that might be around the Garden Route area over the first weekend of February:

Entries are now open for the Diaz Festival Adventure Run taking place on 5 February 2012. This exciting Adventure Run coincides with the popular Diaz Festival in Mossel Bay. The longest section of Trail will be run on the spectacular St Blaize Trail. This Trail is a popular hike that follows the 30 metre contour along the cliffs eastwards from Dana Bay towards the Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse. The trail offers dramatic sea views, excellent whale and dolphin watching, good birding, and interesting fynbos.

Enter online:
www.southerncrossadventure.co.za

That’s it for now.

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 

 

 

 


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Monday, January 23, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2012 - MYBURGH'S WATERFALL RAVINE / GROOTKOP / DAMS / NURSERY ARBORETUM / PUFFER PATH / CONSTANTIA NEK

 

 

Hi Everyone

 

 

MONDAY HILL RUN

 

Nothing this week, I’m afraid. 

 

Back in action next week with a proper hill rather than the exploratory trips we’ve taken over the last few weeks.  Next week we will tackle Devils Peak at speed.

 

 

SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2012 - MYBURGH'S WATERFALL RAVINE / GROOTKOP / DAMS / NURSERY ARBORETUM / PUFFER PATH / CONSTANTIA NEK

 

Start Time and Place

 

This is a car admin week.  As many runners as possible to meet at Constantia Nek at 06h00.  We will leave as many cars there as is viable and jump into as few cars as possible and head down at 06h10 to the start in Farriers Way in Hout Bay in time for a 06h30 sharp Start.

 

Directions to Farriers Way: See attached document, block CM18, X marks the spot.  From Constantia Nek, straight down towards Hout Bay, right into Disa River Road, left into Valley Road, first right into Garron Ave, right into Connemara Drive, first left into Hunters Way, first right into Farriers Way.  Get it ?  Got it ? Good!

 

Route

 

WARNING:  the last thing I expected at this point in January was rain.  Quite heavy too, as I was scrambling around bringing washing in and got soaked.  Why am I yammering on about the washing?  What is crucial for Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine is that you do it when it is DRY.  It can be a little too slippery when wet.  I will investigate conditions beforehand BUT if we start going up and it appears that it is going to be slippery then be warned that we will NOT PROCEED.  I am not going to take chances.  If it is even slightly dangerous we will turn back, run the contour path towards Suikerbossie a la Table Mountain Challenge and head up Hout Bay Corner and Llandudno Ravine instead.  Makes it a bit longer but that’s okay because the planned route is not that long anyway.

 

All going well we head up the spectacular Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine, oohing and aaahing about the red disas all over the place.  If you’ve never seen them, they’re much smaller than you think!  As things flatten out and we near the Apostles Spine Path  (ASP), look out for the rare blue disa.  We saw a few of them there last year.  Yes, I know they’re just flowers and we’d all rather see lions and leopards but they’re really quite pretty.  We turn right onto the ASP and head over the eastern shoulder of Grootkop and proceed down the other side past the tops of Oudekraal Ravine, Corridor Ravine, Slangolie Ravine (with its little scramble which can be avoided) and Woody Ravine.  Then it’s right at Margaret’s Cairn (I never get tired of telling that story…..it’s the origin of the Missing Margaret Award) onto the old railway track to the concrete road near the huts.  Keeping to the left of Woodhead Dam we follow the road around to the far end of the Hely-Hutchinson Dam wall, left onto the single track, first right onto the path that leads to the top of Nursery Ravine.  At the top of Nursery turn right and follow the Puffer Path to the Bailiff’s Cottage and then straight down to the cars at Constantia Nek on as much single track as possible.

 

Distance

 

I am guessing at about 15km-ish (if we have to do the Llandudno Ravine detour it is more like 20km).

 

 

Running Time

 

Allow at least 3 ½ hours for this one.  4 hours for the slower runners.

 

 

Difficulty

 

Tough climb to start with and then another nasty but short climb over Grootkop.  After that it is easy, easy, easy stuff.

 

 

Important Notes

 

1.        Please note the car admin arrangements above.  06h00 at Constantia Nek to drop cars.  06h30 start at Farriers Way, Hout Bay.

 

2.       There is some mild(ish) exposure going up Myburghs Waterfall Ravine.  Certainly nothing worse than anything we have done to date.  If you get nervous, please tell me and we will start singing something appropriate like “That’s Amoré”.  It seems to calm people down.

3.       Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and carry the necessary wind-proof jacket, whistle and cell phone.

 

4.       And PLEASE carry water.  Lots of it.  There are still people not understanding this point.  It boggles the mind.  For those who have been transgressing:  it’s a clear liquid with relatively little taste but a constant supply is essential to human life.  Although it is fairly easily available some people have been battling to get their hands on it.  It needs to be carried in a container.  So you need a container/s which can hold about 2 litres (3 litres if it’s hot).  I know there are some experienced, extremely fit trail runners who can do without it so I am not nagging them.  They know their limits.  Facetiousness aside, if you are in doubt, then please bring water.  Do not rely on mountain streams at this time of year.  And some energy snacks.

 

5.       Sunblock and a cap.

 

6.       Don’t stand on snakes.  Might cause you to turn and ankle over.

 

7.       Fill in the register before starting out.

 

8.       Have fun.  It’s not a race.

 

9.       Bringing ICE cold rehydrating be’erages for afterwards.

 

 

FEEDBACK FROM SATURDAY 21 JANUARY 2012

 

Going straight into the India-Venster climb is a tough way to start a humid, sweaty Saturday morning.  There was no time for slacking either as the Table Mountain Trailers were hot on our heels.  But as we warmed up, the quads screamed less and we started enjoying the spectacular views (see some of Roger Ronnie’s photos attached).  Our American guest started off full of energy and enthusiasm but the humidity seriously started taking its toll by the time we reached the scrambles.  By the time we reached the Arrow Face Final where we go around the Camps Bay side and onto Fountain Ledge the “good feeling’s gone” (Dori from “Finding Nemo”).  He looked ready to jump.  But to his credit he slogged it out to the Platteklip cairn regroup and gleefully said goodbye to us.  Then came the breaking into groups.  Thanks again to Jane for taking the fast / non-regrouping group who sped off in the direction of Maclears Beacon and we never saw them again.

 

Thank you also to Karen Jennings who took on the task of Short Route Leader in the absence of poor Bronwyn who is with injury again  and confined to “walking in the pool” (recover soon Bronwyn).  More will be said about Karen’s short route below (all in good humour).

 

The marginally slower group decided to avoid the humiliation of eating Jane’s dust and we took the scenic route to Maclears Beacon, along the front face of the table.  Stunning run in stunning weather.  Roger Ronnie up front took a little wrong turn and realised his mistake too late as he was confronted by a wall of rock.  This put him in line for an award……..does he receive it ????  Read on.

 

From Platteklip to Echo Valley our group had a lovely, extremely runnable flat and downhill gallop.  Then a little climb over to the dams, a quick drink from the tap and then more flat to the top of Woody Ravine.  SUCH EASY RUNNING.  We then had a slow descent of Woody Ravine which is steep but very safe and has been stabilised nicely.  For those who want to know, it is perfectly do-able now.  We then had a lovely flattish 4.5km run in along the Pipe Track where, lo and behold, we caught Karen and Robyn from the Short Route Group.  What happened there??????  The Short Route Group had taken the path straight down to Echo Valley from Platteklip, then Isolation Valley, Valley of the Red Gods (some then ducked down Kasteelspoort) and then took the path all the way to Corridor Ravine.  Karen, for taking a much tougher, more technical and only marginally shorter route than the Long Route  (700 meters doesn’t count as shorter) the committee is unanimous in awarding you this week’s Missing Margaret, sparing Roger the blushes. 

 

The winner of the Sailing Sandra is equally deserving.  Mike (I think it is Pithey, please confirm Mike – definitely not Ohlsson ………. who is standing behind me with a gun to my head) left it to the last 200m of Pipe Track before being brought to ruin in avoiding a very little dog (what Robyn described as “stoepk@kker”) who refused to give way.  Mike rolled in with all the little tell-tale signs of a Sailing Sandra candidate.  The entire right hand side of his body was covered in sand and the grazes on arms and legs were bleeding more than sufficiently to earn him this week’s Award.  Congratulations Mike!!!!  And well done for taking it in such great spirit.  I’m not sure I would have been smiling.

 

It was hot now.  We were tired.  But all was made better by ICE cold beer.

 

 

Have a great week Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

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