Friday, November 30, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: FRIDAY WRAP UP

Hi Everyone

 

NOTICES

 

·         acsis VOB Club Membership / Renewals 2013  a message from the Chairman:

 

Club Membership 2013.  Applications for the new year are now open!

 

There are various options available, you may apply;

• using the application forms, which can be found on our Club website: www.acsisvob.co.za

• or, online at: www.racetraq.co.za

 

Our annual subscriptions offer a most cost-effective membership across South Africa and if you are under 22, you won't find a cheaper membership! (according to our research.)

 

Do I need to remind you of everything acsis VOB has to offer?

• Weekly runs (club, weekend, morning & hill, road and trail)

• A marked oval Track <new>

• Coaching, which is free to members, by Kathleen Shuttleworth

• Excellent news and information

• Social events

• Great race turn-out, to help you along the way

• Rich traditions

• Awards, recognising achievements and enthusiasm

• A dedicated committee and many, many supporting Members

 

It would be great see you renewing your membership for 2013 and feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be looking for a Club to join and might need a little nudge.

 

Ian Nixon

 

 

SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 2012

 

Both of the acsis VOB Trail runs are ON for tomorrow morning:

·        acsis VOB Longer Faster Group Run  - 06h30 – Hout Bay Beach (Chapmans Peak end) / Blackburn Ravine / Crassula Ridge / Noordhoek Peak / Chapmans Peak – see full details on

Monday email or on http://vobtrail.blogspot.com/

Please note that Jane Holdcroft will be leading a dog-friendly group that will start at 06h00 from the same place (Hout Bay Beach car park – Chapmans Peak end of the beach) and will do the same route.  If you plan on running with her, please contact her first on Jane Holdcroft ( 07908 52582 / janeholdcroft@hotmail.co.uk ).

  ·       Table Mountain Trailers (acsis VOB’s Medium Distance Slower Group) – Tokai Forest.  Ready to start at 0630 from the Tokai Arboretum car park – see full details on Monday email or

on  http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/

 

Also tomorrow

VWS OPEN DAY – 1 DECEMBER 2012 – NEWLANDS FOREST

Quick reminder – we’d love to see you at the Volunteer Wildfire Services Open Day at Newlands this Saturday – for Firefighting kids of all ages!

Date: Sat 1 Dec (this Saturday)

Time: 9am to 4pm (or part)

Where: Newlands Fire Base, Newlands Forest, off the M3/Union Ave (signposted Wildfire Services)

Map: see link below

Activities:  Aspiring firekids will earn badges by doing activities, and collect a certificate from the Fire Chief! Activities include choppers, fire truck rides, fire hoses and equipment, tug o-war, snakes, abseiling and knowledge. Loads of food, drinks and merchandise on sale, as well as recruitment info and the opportunity to pledge to support our work.

Price:  Entry, parking and activities are FREE, but bring lots of money for food & drinks, firekid gear and donations – we rely on what we make on this day to cover our operational expenses for the fire season.

Parking:  Parking is always a problem on the day. If you cannot get parking at Newlands Forest, we recommend that you make use of FREE parking at Westerford High School’s Imhoff sportsfields (we will have members there to direct you to base), as well as parking across the M3 from Newlands Forest (there is a subway there). Alternatively you could try around Rhodes Memorial (about a 15 minute walk down to the base).

PLEASE don’t park along the M3 – it’s not safe or legal!

Programme:  Please pop in at any time between 9am and 4pm – but below is the programme for the day, in case you would like to see a particular activity.

09:00 am: Gates open
10:15 am: Snake show
11:00 am: Firefighting display and chopper drop
01:15 pm: Snake show (repeat)
02:00 pm : Best-dressed firefighter competition
02:00 pm: Firefighting display and chopper drop (repeat)
04:00 pm: Gates close

More details:  http://www.capefires.com/?page_id=2405

This includes a map of how to get to Newlands Fire Base, as well as a map of parking suggestions (note the parking at Imhoff is free).

 

 

SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER 2012

 

SAUCONY MATES / JOURNEY TRAILS SUNDAY TRAIL RUN 

We’ve got a nice little one mapped out, that’ll take in most of the really cool parts of Table Mountain and one or two less travelled paths.

 

Where: Meet at Kloofnek Parking: As you travel up Kloofnek Road from town, turn left at the top at the traffic circle and park in the 2nd parking on Tafelberg Road. That’s the one where the TMNP info kiosk is.

 

When: In time to start running at 06H30.

 

What: Water to drink on the mountain – it comes and goes these days and we don’t know where/if we are gonna find any. Snax. Weather appropriate kit (we’re going up high) and ICE cold beer for afterwards.

 

Route: Pipe track, up Diagonal, Valleys of Red Gods and Isolation, Echo Valley, Smuts Track, Maclears, down the “Middle Path” to Echo, over the little hill to the dams, Kasteels, Pipe Track, beer.

 

Duration: 3 hour-ish. Or 4. Who knows.

 

Distance: Oooh, about 16 km’s. Or so.

 

Seeya!

 

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945

 

 

 

NEW BALANCE SURFERS CHALLENGE (Kommetjie) – 2 DECEMBER 2012

 

 I have got a flyer now but it is 2MB.  If you want it, drop me an email.  To give you an idea of what the event is, it is a 12km race along the beach from Long Beach, Kommetjie to the car park at Noordhoek Beach and back.  You race against the surf-skiers who do a similar length course which gets adjusted on a handicap basis according to the weather and sea conditions on the day.  It is really good fun but can be very tough going depending on the tides.

 

The race starts at 10h00 with registration from 07h00 at Long Beach.  Online entries can be done through www.topevents.co.za .

 

 

 

WEATHER FORECAST with thanks to www.yr.no

 

 

 

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

 

Cheers

 

Tim

 

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: OTHER GREAT TRAIL RUNS AND UPCOMING TRAIL EVENTS

Good morning Everyone

Tons of stuff here but don’t be intimidated.  Skim over and read selectively.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Acsis VOB Club Pub Run and End of Year Spit Braai – today is the last day to buy tickets

 

This year we will be combining the Pub Run with the End of year function on Friday 30 November.

 

The Pub run will start from the club at 6pm and will include stops at Peddlars and Greens, as well as a shot along the way.

The Theme is Christmas hats, so lets get into the Christmas spirit and dress the part! 

 

Venue: VOB (False Bay) Clubhouse

Time: 6pm

Cost: R40

Dress: Christmas Hats

 

The End of Year function will be a Spit Braai at the club and will start straight after the run, around 7pm

Family are welcome, so bring them along to meet your running buddies.

 

Venue: VOB (False Bay) Clubhouse

Time: 7pm

Cost: R60

Dress: Christmas Hats

 

If you wish to attend both events, and we hope you do, there is a combo price of R85.

 

Tickets will be on sale from Melynda, Kate, Charlotte, Ian and any of the other committee members.

 

OR eft payment today and bring proof of payment tomorrow to collect your tickets!

 

Bank details:

Bank: FNB 

Branch Code: 200309

Account no: 6201 222 9896

 

We need to finalise numbers for the Spit braai tomorrow Tues 27th November, so this will be your last chance to purchase.

 

Lets end 2012 on a high note! See you there!

 

WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2012

 CRAG TRAIL RUN

Leader:  Paul Rowe

Date:  Wednesday 28 November 2012

Time: ready to start running at 17h45 sharp

Location:  Tokai Forest

Route description: This is going to be a punishing start, from the Arboretum all the way up the Elephant's Eye path to "Level 6", an exciting twisty overgrown path that hugs the cliffs and eventually brings us out on the better know Level 5; then some fairly level running to reach "The Snakes", those downhill plummeting single tracks used by the mountain bikers, to get back to the start — exhilarating and testing. Sunset is at 19h39.

Duration and distance:  approx 90 mins, 9 km

Walkers:  John Yeld 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

—   100 % runnable

—   A1

—   pack run

Starting point: Arboretum parking area, Tokai Forest (Google Maps link: http://tinyurl.com/3682g5q)

Directions: From the city/southern suburbs, take the M3 Van der Stel freeway (Blue Route), watching out for the speed camera at the Ladies Mile/Bergvliet exit, and take the next exit for Tokai; at the traffic light turn right and head up Tokai Road to the circle and continue past Steenberg Golf Estate (on the left) and the picnic area (on the right) towards the Manor House (keeping a sharp look-out for 2 speed bumps); at the T-junction turn left and follow the gravel road up and around the bend to the parking area. From the Muizenberg side, take the same exit off the freeway, but turn left into Tokai Road. From Main Road, head straight up Tokai Road.

 Equipment

—         valid Wild Card/Green Card

—         foul weather gear, if required (long-range forecast predicts clear skies, no rain, 17–20 °C, wind SE 40 km/h)

—         water/energy drink/munchies

—         personal medication (if required)

—         something for rehydration after the run

—         warmer/dryer clothing for the rehydrate session

Car guards:  28 Nov: Chris Wales & AN Other

To join the CRAG email list, send an email to crag-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

 

THURSDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2012

CHOC CORPORATE RELAY –CENTURY CITY

This is an event that is in support of children with leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders (and their families).  How can you say no?  Please consider entering a team for this event and supporting the cause.  It’s a 5 x 3km Relay.  Just about anyone can run / jog / run-walk 3km.

I have attached  the flyers to assist you.

Please note that entries HAVE NOT CLOSED (as I incorrectly advertised on Tuesday)!!!!!!  Entries will be taken right up until the day.  For more info on how to enter, go to www.graniteevents.org.za or call 0861106441 or email wcape@choc.org.za .

 

CELTICS THURSDAY SUMMER TRAIL RUNS

On Thursday 29th November we meet at Newlands Forest for the Contour Path run to start at 18h00. Meet in the parking area at the Newlands forest Parks Board office / helipad / firebase (the parking area is the main parking area off the M3 – 700 metres north of the big M3 / Blue Route intersection with Rhodes Drive / Newlands Avenue, and about 1.2kms south of the southern end of UCT).

We head up and left into Newlands Forest, initially following uphill jeep tracks for the first 2 km’s, before we reach a rusted sign pointing to “Contour Path”. We head up this attractive path which includes some steps and which will lead us up to the contour path. We then turn right heading along the contour path all the way to the turnstile below the blockhouse. As we reach the turnstile, we turn sharp right and head down a single track path, which after about 800 metres links up with the jeep track. This heads steadily down into Newlands Forest again, and back to the start.

Some characteristics of this run:

-          The first 2.5 km’s are mainly steady uphill, with some steps, but all on great quality running surface.

-          Once we reach the contour path, there are some technical rocky and stony sections along the contour path, particularly over the first km of this section. But most of it thereafter is 3-4kms of easy level running all the way to the turnstile below the blockhouse.

-          Some sections of the run take place on boardwalks which can be slippery when wet.  Please take care on this section!

-          When we turn down from the turnstile, the initial 800 metre downhill section is uneven and technical – ankle-roll territory – so watch your footing here and walk if you need to.

-          The rest is easy flowing; smooth running downhill to the finish.

Difficulty grading: 7.5/10  

Distance is ±9 km’s.

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

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 SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 2012

 ·        acsis VOB Longer Faster Group Run  - 06h30 – Hout Bay Beach / Blackburn Ravine / Crassula Ridge / Chapmans Peak  – see full details on Monday email or on http://vobtrail.blogspot.com/

  ·       Table Mountain Trailers (acsis VOB’s Medium Distance Slower Group) – Tokai Forest – see full details on Monday email or on http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/ .

 

Also this coming Saturday

VWS OPEN DAY – 1 DECEMBER 2012

Quick reminder – we’d love to see you at the Volunteer Wildfire Services Open Day at Newlands this Saturday – for Firefighting kids of all ages!

Date: Sat 1 Dec (this Saturday)

Time: 9am to 4pm (or part)

Where: Newlands Fire Base, Newlands Forest, off the M3/Union Ave (signposted Wildfire Services)

Map: see link below

Activities:  Aspiring firekids will earn badges by doing activities, and collect a certificate from the Fire Chief! Activities include choppers, fire truck rides, fire hoses and equipment, tug o-war, snakes, abseiling and knowledge. Loads of food, drinks and merchandise on sale, as well as recruitment info and the opportunity to pledge to support our work.

Price:  Entry, parking and activities are FREE, but bring lots of money for food & drinks, firekid gear and donations – we rely on what we make on this day to cover our operational expenses for the fire season.

Parking:  Parking is always a problem on the day. If you cannot get parking at Newlands Forest, we recommend that you make use of FREE parking at Westerford High School’s Imhoff sportsfields (we will have members there to direct you to base), as well as parking across the M3 from Newlands Forest (there is a subway there). Alternatively you could try around Rhodes Memorial (about a 15 minute walk down to the base).

PLEASE don’t park along the M3 – it’s not safe or legal!

Programme:  Please pop in at any time between 9am and 4pm – but below is the programme for the day, in case you would like to see a particular activity.

09:00 am: Gates open
10:15 am: Snake show
11:00 am: Firefighting display and chopper drop
01:15 pm: Snake show (repeat)
02:00 pm : Best-dressed firefighter competition
02:00 pm: Firefighting display and chopper drop (repeat)
04:00 pm: Gates close

More details:  http://www.capefires.com/?page_id=2405

This includes a map of how to get to Newlands Fire Base, as well as a map of parking suggestions (note the parking at Imhoff is free).

See you on Saturday!

Kind regards, Kate

Kate Tindall - VWS
[VWS Newlands Station Manager]
Mail: newlands@capefires.com
Web: http://www.capefires.com 
Cell: +27 83 645 5501
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SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2012

SAUCONY MATES / JOURNEY TRAILS SUNDAY TRAIL RUN 

To be announced

To join the MATES email list, go to http://capetrailrunning.co.za/mailman/listinfo/mates_capetrailrunning.co.za

 

NEW BALANCE SURFERS CHALLENGE (Kommetjie) – 2 DECEMBER 2012

I have got a flyer now but it is 2MB.  If you want it, drop me an email.  To give you an idea of what the event is, it is a 12km race along the beach from Long Beach, Kommetjie to the car park at Noordhoek Beach and back.  You race against the surf-skiers who do a similar length course which gets adjusted on a handicap basis according to the weather and sea conditions on the day.  It is really good fun but can be very tough going depending on the tides.

The race starts at 10h00 with registration from 07h00 at Long Beach.  Online entries can be done through www.topevents.co.za .

 

OTHER UPCOMING RUNS AND EVENTS

GENERAL:    Sometimes (most of the time, really) I lose track of upcoming trail events (amongst many other things).  If you can see that an events is missing please feel free to drop me an email on tim.bellairs@gmail.com or  timbe@nedbankprivatewealth.co.za to remind me.  

 

APPEAL FOR HELPERS FOR URBAN PARK RUNS

Appeal from Darryl Hilliar regarding Urban Park Runs:

“I am looking for two helpers to help with the timing and marshalling the parkruns every Saturday morning to start at 8am please which will be held at the Green Point Urban Park. We hoping to get started in February 2013 as the website for the Green Point Urban parkrun has to set up and there’s a 6 week period of getting everything together.

Parkruns are free, timed, 5km. runs which take place every Saturday morning. The concept was started by Paul Sinton-Hewitt, a South African living in the UK. He started with one parkrun and 10 runners. This weekend there were about 200 parkruns around the World with over 380000 registered runners. No money changes hands at parkruns and the timing and marshalling is done by volunteers. Parkrunners are of every ability, from fast international runners, to couples walking hand-in-hand people walking their dogs and mothers pushing prams. The concept does wonders for people’s health and there is a wonderful community spirit at parkruns. Bruce Fordyce has brought the concept to South Africa and we now have 6 parkruns in South Africa with over 4000 registered runners. To learn more about parkruns go to www.parkrun.co.za  

There is no set up or breakdown time and the run lasts no more than an hour.

Many thanks

Darryl Hilliar  (Cell 0721721165 / darrylhilliar@yahoo.co.uk )

JANE HOLDCROFT MORNING TRAIL RUNS 

Jane is back and leading weekday morning runs in the Southern Suburbs.  

These will be every Tuesday and Thursday morning from a variety of different places on the Peninsula.  These will be informal runs with everyone going their own speed.  The only requirement is that you let Jane know that you are coming (Jane Holdcroft 07908 52582 / janeholdcroft@hotmail.co.uk ) so that she can give the details of the start place and route and also so that knows who to expect.

  

SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER 2012

MUIZENBERG TRAIL RUN

Muizenberg Trail run  - 8 December = 12km! Awesome but tough! The final of the Quantum Country Classic Series [QCC] and the winners [male/female] of this series will be crowned and head for France to take part in the gruelling, 100 km Verdon Canyon Challenge in 2013! The winners from the 2012 French event will be heading this way to take part in one of the QCC 2013 series runs – www.quantumadventures.co.za .

 CAN ANYONE SEND ME A FLYER FOR THIS MUIZENBERG TRAIL RUN PLEASE?  tim.bellairs@gmail.com

TSiBA EDUCATION NEW BALANCE TRAIL RUN SERIES

The next in the series of TSiBA Eden – New Balance wine farm runs will be held on Saturday 8 December at Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Cape Town, at 8h00. Please see below flyer for further details, and map beneath.

 

                                               

 

 

CAPE SUMMER TRAIL SERIES – JANUARY 2013

 

See the flyer attached.  Time to start giving this some thought.  Check out the flyer and start making plans.

 

 

Cheers

 

Tim

 

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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Monday, November 26, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 2012 - HOUT BAY BEACH / BLACKBURN RAVINE / CRASSULA RIDGE / NOORDHOEK PEAK / CHAPMANS PEAK

Hi Everyone

 

 

TUESDAY MORNING TRAIL RUN WITH JANE HOLDCROFT

 

Anyone wanting to do a trail run with Jane Holdcroft tomorrow morning?  Jane is doing Devil’s Peak tomorrow morning at 06h00 from the end of Tafelberg Road (Devils Peak end).  But please contact Jane if you are going to join her so she knows who to expect and to clarify arrangements.  Jane Holdcroft 07908 52582 / janeholdcroft@hotmail.co.uk .

 

 

SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 2012

 

 

Please note that I have juggled routes around a bit for the Longer Faster Group so we are departing from what is currently on the Facebook Page.  Two reasons:  MATES covered the Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine Run this last weekend so it seems pointless doing the same area two weeks in a row.  Secondly, I will be at a BIG party on Friday night and so a shorter run with a slightly later start seems more in order.

 

 

Longer Faster Group:       HOUT BAY BEACH / BLACKBURN RAVINE / CRASSULA RIDGE / NOORDHOEK PEAK / CHAPMANS PEAK

 

Start Time and Place

 

06h30 from the Hout Bay Beach car park on the Chapman’s Peak end of the beach.  Later start to give me an extra half hour to get that hangover under control.  But we are running on the shaded side of the mountain.

 

Route

 

We follow Chapman’s Peak Drive for 1km and then turn left at East Fort and make our way up Blackburn Ravine to the wooden platform / view point.  From there we take the stone highway to the jeep track in Silvermine.  Left onto the jeep track and then first right onto the Crassula Ridge Path.  From that path we will cut first right again and make our way to Noordhoek Peak.  From NP we will make our way down to the 4-way intersection at the base of Chapman’s Peak.  We turn right and follow the “contour path” back to and down Blackburn Ravine and back to the car park.

 

Distance

 

Probably only around 15km.

 

Running Time

 

About 3 – 3.5 hours because there is some big climbing to do.  Even the descent is slow because of the steepness.

 

 

Difficulty

 

Despite the shortness, this is a tough run but the spectacular scenery more than makes up for the extra effort.

 

 

Important Notes

 

·         Dress appropriately for the weather conditions.  As you will have seen last weekend, winter can return at the drop of a hat.  Make sure you have a good quality windbreaker.

·         Carry sufficient water and energy snacks to see you through the whole run.  No scrounging.

 

·         If it’s a warm sunny day watch out for snakes on the paths.  Most of this route is single track so keep an eye out for things that normally wouldn’t be sunning themselves on the paths.

 

·         Don’t leave valuables in your cars and leaving everything else out of sight.

 

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS (acsis VOB Medium Distance Slower Group) – TOKAI FOREST

 

Route

A series of zigzags creeping up the mountainside consisting of alternating short sharp climbs then easy flat running along the levels found in the Tokai Forest. All followed by a nice long downhill run back to the start.

 

Rendezvous and Start Time

RV in the Arboretum parking area behind the Tokai Manor House ready to start running at 0630

 

How to get there? 

Drive along the Blue Route [M5] and take Tokai turn off.   Drive up Tokai Road towards the mountain.   Continue around the traffic circle leaving the Steenberg Golf Estate on your left.  At the Y fork veer right and keeping going through the forest towards the Manor House.   At the Manor House gate turn left onto the dirt road and follow to the end.  Park under the trees.

 

Terrain and Distance

Reasonably simple singe trail climbs then broad forest trail most of the way.  Technically easy underfoot for most of the way. 

 

Distance about 11 Kms taking more or less about 2hrs 15min. 

 

This is a good scenic run with the possibility of seeing and hearing the resident Fish Eagle.  There is a high probability of encountering brightly coloured mountain bikers as well as quaintly attired hikers in heavy boots.   However the resident baboon troop usually only provides indifferent spectator support.

 

 

FEEDBACK FROM LAST WEEKEND – THE ROUTE-SCOUTING HIKE (FOR ANYONE INTERESTED………………..if not, hit delete at this point)

 

Jane tells me that conditions were so atrocious at the start of the run that they decided to cancel and head home for a light breakfast instead.  So, not much to report there.  Instead, I will tell you about the unannounced adventure that I went on with the CEO and Zoe Nepgen on Saturday morning.  I took the opportunity of my weekend off to go and hike around the Llandudno end of the Twelve Apostles with a small group to go and see if there is anything we have been missing out on and that can be added to runs in future to spice up the old routes.  And what an eye-opener it turned out to be too.  We also appear to have picked the correct side of the mountain because although it was still overcast, the weather was clearing and wasn’t too cold.  You can imagine the delight the CEO took in hearing that the official VOB run had been cancelled.  We will probably be hearing about that for a while.

 

Mike and I sat in the car park at the gates to Ruyteplaats waiting for Zoe to arrive.  Like an idiot, I had been playing with my phone, turned it off by mistake and couldn’t remember the SIM code to turn it back on……. I am told it is called an “ID 10(t)” error.  No sign of Zoe by 06h30 so we started up that shocking hill above Suikerbossie.  Half way up the first quad-busting section Mike got the phone call from Zoe asking where the hell we were because she was waiting in the car park.  I think I started to cry as we started walking down to meet her, knowing that we would have to go up it again.

 

As we did the Eureka Traverse we felt the north-wester really start buffeting us around, which was a concern as most of the planned routes for the morning would take us along relatively narrow ledges which catch the full force of the north-wester.  At the foot of Llandudno Ravine we scrambled up the short, bushy pitch onto the Lekkerwater Saddle.  From there we followed a path for a short way down the Lekkerwater Gully until we could see the start of the Lekkerwater Traverse (which is a level traverse in the direction Cape Town from near Llandudno Ravine).  But our decision for the day had been to take the Pimple Traverse (higher up but parallel to Lekkerwater) so we went back up the way we had come and then scrambled higher up to the start of the Pimple Traverse.  As we started the traverse, we decide that the wind was just too strong to be safe and the underfoot conditions too wet so we decided to head back down to Llandudno Ravine and ascend via the normal route.  Once at the top of the ravine, at the flat section near Judas Peak, we turned left and pranced along the Pimple Ridge until we got to top of Pimple Gorge.  WOW!!!!!!!!  How we have never been here before I do not know.  It is incredible!  Very steep but definitely hike-able.  I must admit to suffering a wave of vertigo-induced nausea as I first looked down it but this cleared as we scrambled down onto the top of the Pimple Ridge ascent and looked down into the gorge from a different angle.  This is an absolute “must do” but we will do it from the bottom when we next try Pimple Traverse (January sometime).

 

After posing for photos (which I regret after seeing them on Facebook; sample below), we then made our way along the Apostle Spine Path towards Grootkop, all the while looking for the path to the left that would take us to the top of the Grove Walk which is the path up to the top of the mountain from the Pimple and Lekkerwater Traverses.  No paths appeared but we found a cairn and picked a line across to the edge of the mountain.  As we looked down the slope towards the sea I proudly proclaimed that we had found the Grove Walk and there below us was the Grove Pinnacle.  I was, of course, completely wrong which I only discovered when I got home.  Mike and Zoe, FYI, that was the approach path to the Boschkloof Needle and that impressive rock formation was in fact the Boschkloof Needle and not the aforementioned Grove Pinnacle (I think).  Sigh……………….we will have to go back and try again or at least get more clarity.

 

Filled with the joy of our “success” we raced over the eastern shoulder of Grootkop, hooked a left onto the Oudekraal Ravine path and then kept left again as we took a run-up at the northern side of Grootkop to find the Yellowwood Traverse.  This was easy enough to follow after I had read the description in Tony Lourens’s Table Mountain Classics book.  Not an obvious path but definitely clear enough if you follow the regular cairns and you know what you are looking for.  Zoe watched in amusement as Mike and I exchanged “captaincy” for finding the route.  Each time one of us went wrong they received enough verbal abuse to keep them honest and the other one would take over the lead.  Again, I cannot understand why we haven’t done this before.  Admittedly it is not very runnable but wow (again) this is a stunning route.  A little bit of exposure (to terrifying drops) in places but even in the strong wind we always felt safe (ish).  This one will definitely also be included in a route soon.

 

Looking at our watches we saw we had already been out for nearly 4 hours so we turned for home.  We made it off Grootkop just in time.  As we turned to admire the view from the upper slopes of Separation Buttress the cloud came down, obscuring all visibility.  But we knew where we were now.  As we approached the Judas Peak turn again we bumped into a bunch of really cool hikers who had just done Lekkerwater Traverse and Grove Walk (and said it had been perfectly safe ……… blush blush).  They invited us to hike down with them but we told them we were trail runners (why do people keep calling us hikers?????) and sped off to the top of Llandudno Buttress which we skidded down easily, mostly on our backsides.  As we looked back we saw the hikers starting to gain on us again……. Mike swore and we took off like runners possessed.

 

On the last few corners of the descent to Suikerbossie we got stung by a squall of rain being driven horizontally by the gale force gusts.  The CEO tried to cover his bag with a rain sheet but this acted more like a spinnaker than a rain cover.  And so it was that in no time at all we were back down at the cars, rehydrating with an ICE cold be’erage.  The hikers arrived soon after and we chatted and exchanged contact details.  They turned out to be EXTREMELY experienced hikers and I look forward to exploring some new route with them soon.

 

Pimple Ridge with Pimple Gorge on the right.

 

 

Have a great week, Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

 

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Friday, November 23, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: FRIDAY WRAP UP (please email me on tim.bellairs@gmail.com if you are not receiving the body of this email)

Hi Everyone

 

NOTICES

 

CHOC CORPORATE RELAY – 29 NOVEMBER 2012 – CENTURY CITY

 

This is an event that is in support of children with leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders (and their families).  How can you say no?  Please consider entering a team for this event and supporting the cause.  It’s a 5 x 3km Relay.  Just about anyone can run / jog / run-walk 3km.

 

I have attached  the flyers to assist you.

 

Please note that entries HAVE NOT CLOSED (as I incorrectly advertised on Tuesday)!!!!!!  Entries will be taken right up until the day.  For more info on how to enter, go to www.graniteevents.org.za or call 0861106441 or email wcape@choc.org.za .

 

 

acsis VOB YEAR END FUNCTION AND PUB RUN – FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2012

 

This year we will be combining the Pub Run with the End of year function on Friday 30 November.

 

The Pub run will start from the club at 6pm and will include stops at Peddlars and Greens, as well as a shot along the way.

The Theme is Christmas hats, so let’s get into the Christmas spirit and dress the part! 

Tickets will be on sale from Thursday at R40.

 

The End of Year function will be a Spit Braai at the club and will start straight after the run, around 7pm. 

Family are welcome, so bring them along to meet your running buddies.

Tickets will be R60 per person.

If you wish to attend both events, and we hope you do, there is a combo price of R85.

 

Our Club Captain- Melynda ( melynda@metcon.co.za ) is selling tickets for above or I am sure that our wonderful club secretary, Charlotte Kettlewell vobsec@mweb.co.za , can steer you in the right direction.

 

 

SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2012

 

Both of the acsis VOB Trail runs are ON for tomorrow morning:

 ·        acsis VOB Longer Faster Group Run  - 06h00 – Rehearsal for Muizenberg Mountain Race – see full details on Tuesday email or on http://vobtrail.blogspot.com/

  ·       Table Mountain Trailers (acsis VOB’s Medium Distance Slower Group) – Pipe Track - RV in the lower Kloof Nek parking area at the foot of Tafelberg Rd on your left just after you turn

off at the circle. Ready to start at 0630.  How to get there?  Drive up Kloof Nek Rd. to the traffic circle at the top and follow the signs to the Cable Station. After turning left at the circle you will see the parking

area on your left.  http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/

 

Also tomorrow

OCEAN2OCEAN – 24 NOVEMBER 2012 

You’re either in or you ain’t.

Check out www.ocean2ocean.co.za .

Organiser:

Dirk McIntoshTel:      +27 (21) 762 5007   Fax:     +27 (21) 762 5037   Cell:     +27 (83) 603 3466

  

TSiBA EDUCATION NEW BALANCE TRAIL SERIES – 24 NOVEMBER 2012

The next in the series of TSiBA Eden – New Balance wine farm runs will be held on Saturday 24 November at Landtscap, Stellenbosch, at 8h00. Please see below flyer for further details, and map beneath. Please note access to the venue is from Devonvale (Bottelary Road M23) and not Devon Valley Road.

 

                                               

 

SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2012

SAUCONY MATES / JOURNEY TRAILS SUNDAY TRAIL RUN 

Sunday November 25 2012: Dude of the Day Spencer Williams has voluntarily come up with a lovely twist to a lovely favourite. Who says you have to go UP Myburghs Ravine all the time? Why can’t you go down? So this is what will happen. And Spencer will lead. He is mos in charge. Dude of the Day and all that. 

Where: Constantia Nek – the parking lot on the other side of the circle from the restaurant. 

When: In time to start running at 06H30. 

What: Water. The mountain is a dry as a bone, and we suspect there will not be a lot around. So bring some. And snax. And the usual trail kit. And ICE cold beer for afterwards in the parking lot. 

Route: This is the only run known to modern man that starts on a down hill. The along Longkloof, up Llandudno Ravine, to Judas Peak to enjoy the view. Then along the back way and down Myburgh’s Ravine and sort of along the same route in reverse and back to Constantia Nek. 

Duration: 3 hours 

Distance: 15 km’s 

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945

To join the MATES email list, go to http://capetrailrunning.co.za/mailman/listinfo/mates_capetrailrunning.co.za

 

WEATHER FORECAST with thanks to www.yr.no

 

 

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

 

Cheers

 

Tim

 

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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