Sunday, 16 May 2021

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS SATURDAY 22ND MAY 2021 - CECILIA/ROOIKAT/CONTOUR PATH

Hi Trailers,

 

Given that we've had some lovely autumn rain and are expecting more this week, I thought it'd be nice to go chasing waterfalls.

 

Overview: 

We'll be starting at Cecilia Car park and running through the cork forest towards Constantia Nek. From the boom, we take a hairpin turn and head along the contour path as far as the Spilhaus ravine single track, which we'll follow as far as the turn off to Rooikat ravine. From here we'll do an out-and-back as far as the Skeleton Gorge path and head back along the contour path.

 

The faster group may choose to continue along the contour path for an extra kilometre or two, or even take a climb up Skellies.

The Recovery group (pending confirmation from a Leader by Friday) will follow the same route but may choose to turn back at the bottom of Rooikat.

 

Terrain: 

We'll be on single track and jeep track for the first 4kms and the last, but the middle 4 will be steep steps/single track. 

 

Distance and time:

A total of just over 13 kms distance with ascent of approximately 350m. It's should take approximately 2 hours for the medium group to complete it.

 

Rendezvous:

Meet at the Cecilia Forest parking area at 6h55 for a 7am start. It's now quite dark at the start so you may want to bring a headlight.

 

Compulsory kit: weather appropriate clothing; whistle; water; ICE info; and silver blanket.

 

We regret that we do not allow dogs to join us, no matter how gorgeous and well-behaved.

 

See you there!

Lorraine

0725750914

 

*If you are new to this group, please read Table Mountain Trailers' guidelines here: www.tablemountaintrailers.org.za  

 

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Friday, 14 May 2021

ON tentatively: TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS Saturday 15 May 2021: East Fort, Hout Bay

Happy Friday Trailers!

The Norwegians predict a cold, wet and possibly breezy start to the morning:

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For those looking to brave elements, the run is ON however may be re-evaluated in the morning depending on conditions (safety first!). Please come prepared accordingly.


Rendezvous and Start Time

RV in the parking area at the bottom of Chappies, by the Velocity Gym 06:55 ready to start at 07:00.


Regards


Samantha
0723144341




On Sunday, 9 May 2021, 18:47:47 SAST, Samantha Brinkmann <sammybri@yahoo.com> wrote:


Hi Trailers

Please be aware that our runs operate under strict COVID protocols. 

  • No gathering in a big group at start or end of the run
  • All runners to carry a mask or buff
  • Practice social distancing
  • We will break into small groups as per regulations while we run
  • Please carry emergency contact numbers in your bag or on your wrist/shoe
  • We will monitor the groups on a weekly basis for size
  • VOB reserves the right to stop TMT if the COVID infections increase again in the Western Cape
  • If you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms, please stay at home

Saturday 15 May 2021 we head to the Republic of Hout Bay for a mix of trail and road.

Route details
Meet at the parking at the bottom of Chappies, by the Velocity Gym.

We warm up with a trot up the road to the start of the trail at East Fort. From the shortcut trail we join the jeep track until we get the split to the higher contour path where we may split into groups, those who don't like heights or don't want the steeper climb can continue along the jeep track.  We all end up at Blackburn Ravine and follow the contour path towards Chapmans Peak.  Along the single track we are treated to magnificent views (weather permitting) across the bay.
At approximately 7km we can decide whether to summit Chapmans Peak or head down to Chapmans Peak drive, popping out by the "ticket checker".  From here we have a leg stretch on the tar(approx 4km) back to our cars.

Please remember this a pack run led by committee, and its important that we look out for each other.  

Rendezvous and Start Time

RV in the parking area 06:55 ready to start at 07:00.


Terrain and Distance

A mix of jeep track, single track and tar.  

Distance: +- 12 kms taking about 2h00 - 2h30mins for Medium Group (longer if we go up Chapmans Peak)

Fast Group
Will follow a similar route with a possible extension to be decided on the day.

Relaxed Group to be confirmed.

*Please note adjustments to the route may be made whilst running depending on the group and weather conditions.


Please bring:

A whistle, WATER (remember a trail 12km can take longer than a road 12km), a warm & waterproof/windproof top, space blanket and ICE (In case of Emergency) tag or card.

Unfortunately no dogs are allowed on our runs.

Inline image

Have a great week!

Regards

Samantha
0723144341

Sunday, 9 May 2021

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS Saturday 15 May 2021: East Fort, Hout Bay

Hi Trailers

Please be aware that our runs operate under strict COVID protocols. 

  • No gathering in a big group at start or end of the run
  • All runners to carry a mask or buff
  • Practice social distancing
  • We will break into small groups as per regulations while we run
  • Please carry emergency contact numbers in your bag or on your wrist/shoe
  • We will monitor the groups on a weekly basis for size
  • VOB reserves the right to stop TMT if the COVID infections increase again in the Western Cape
  • If you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms, please stay at home

Saturday 15 May 2021 we head to the Republic of Hout Bay for a mix of trail and road.

Route details
Meet at the parking at the bottom of Chappies, by the Velocity Gym.

We warm up with a trot up the road to the start of the trail at East Fort. From the shortcut trail we join the jeep track until we get the split to the higher contour path where we may split into groups, those who don't like heights or don't want the steeper climb can continue along the jeep track.  We all end up at Blackburn Ravine and follow the contour path towards Chapmans Peak.  Along the single track we are treated to magnificent views (weather permitting) across the bay.
At approximately 7km we can decide whether to summit Chapmans Peak or head down to Chapmans Peak drive, popping out by the "ticket checker".  From here we have a leg stretch on the tar(approx 4km) back to our cars.

Please remember this a pack run led by committee, and its important that we look out for each other.  

Rendezvous and Start Time

RV in the parking area 06:55 ready to start at 07:00.


Terrain and Distance

A mix of jeep track, single track and tar.  

Distance: +- 12 kms taking about 2h00 - 2h30mins for Medium Group (longer if we go up Chapmans Peak)

Fast Group
Will follow a similar route with a possible extension to be decided on the day.

Relaxed Group to be confirmed.

*Please note adjustments to the route may be made whilst running depending on the group and weather conditions.


Please bring:

A whistle, WATER (remember a trail 12km can take longer than a road 12km), a warm & waterproof/windproof top, space blanket and ICE (In case of Emergency) tag or card.

Unfortunately no dogs are allowed on our runs.

Inline image

Have a great week!

Regards

Samantha
0723144341

Friday, 7 May 2021

FW: TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS Saturday 8th May Tokai Forest

 

 

Hi Trailers,

Tomorrow's run is ON – see you at 6.50 am ready to start running at 7.00 am – more details below.

Sunrise is at 7.26 am – you might need a headtorch for the first part of the run.  Expect a little bit of rain, so please come prepared.

We will start with a clockwise loop round the lower forest – approx. 4 km, and then make our way up to the Sanparks gate (approx. 1.3 km)  – If we get there too early we may have to do a few hill repeats or some yoga stretches.

Once through the gate there are various options that the groups can take.  See photo attached of a previous route we did (excluding the lower forest loop), or go to  https://www.mapmyrun.com/za/constantia-western-cape/15-99-km-run-in-cape-town-tokai-manor-ra-route-61712028 to see another option.

 

We will need to stay in groups for safety, and I suggest we run in the upper section for about an hour and then head back down to the cars (you can always do another loop round the lower forest if you haven't got to your weekly mileage yet).  Let's aim to be back at the cars by 9.30 am.

 

Please be aware that we are in an area loved by cyclists, so please show some respect, and do not run on any of their single tracks.

 

There will be a walking group tomorrow.

 

See you in the morning

 

Gae

0835569679

 

 

Please be aware that our runs operate under strict COVID protocols. 

  • No gathering in a big group at start or end of the run
  • All runners to carry a mask or buff
  • Practice social distancing
  • We will break into small groups as per regulations while we run
  • Please carry emergency contact numbers in your bag or on your wrist/shoe
  • We will monitor the groups on a weekly basis for size
  • VOB reserves the right to stop TMT if the COVID infections increase again in the Western Cape
  • If you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms, please stay at home

 

This coming Saturday 8th May we will return to Tokai Forest

Start time and RV

We will meet for our briefing and to sign the register at 06:55 to be ready to start running at 07:00 . Please note our will RV the same as last time - at the corner of Orpen Rd and Dennendal Ave [See map]  Park down the Northern side of Dennendal Rd next to the Forest.  

Route

The Sanparks cycle gate opens later now, so we will first do a loop through the lower forest and then we will run up the bridal path towards the Arboretum entrance we will make our way up to the various levels.  The exact routes will be decided on Saturday morning as we have a variety of choices. 

Terrain and Distance

Gravel tracks and trails with some good climbing sections which may include the "huff n puff" hill and we will try and stay mostly clear of the mountain bikers.  Distances will be more or less 12 km, aiming at approx. 2- 2,5 hours.

Relaxed group/walking group

The route through the lower forest is approx. 4 km, so is ideal for those wanting a brisk walk.  It can also be extended to include a section of the upper forest too.  We will split into various groups on the day, so all groups should be running.

What to bring

Water, whistle, warm, wind or waterproof top depending on weather and your ICE information

Important: Please remember to look behind you at every turn in the route to make sure the people behind you see which way you are going.   

Our runs are pack runs and we will therefore regroup as necessary and leaders of each group will ensure that no-one is left behind. Please keep the groups together and ensure that no-one is left on their own

No Dogs  allowed on our runs. 

 

RV

Run co-coordinator

Gaeleen Tompkins

083 55 696 79

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Sunday, 2 May 2021

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS Saturday 8th May Tokai Forest

 

Hi Trailers,

Please be aware that our runs operate under strict COVID protocols. 

  • No gathering in a big group at start or end of the run
  • All runners to carry a mask or buff
  • Practice social distancing
  • We will break into small groups as per regulations while we run
  • Please carry emergency contact numbers in your bag or on your wrist/shoe
  • We will monitor the groups on a weekly basis for size
  • VOB reserves the right to stop TMT if the COVID infections increase again in the Western Cape
  • If you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms, please stay at home

 

This coming Saturday 8th May we will return to Tokai Forest

Start time and RV

We will meet for our briefing and to sign the register at 06:55 to be ready to start running at 07:00 . Please note our will RV the same as last time - at the corner of Orpen Rd and Dennendal Ave [See map]  Park down the Northern side of Dennendal Rd next to the Forest.  

Route

The Sanparks cycle gate opens later now, so we will first do a loop through the lower forest and then we will run up the bridal path towards the Arboretum entrance we will make our way up to the various levels.  The exact routes will be decided on Saturday morning as we have a variety of choices. 

Terrain and Distance

Gravel tracks and trails with some good climbing sections which may include the "huff n puff" hill and we will try and stay mostly clear of the mountain bikers.  Distances will be more or less 12 km, aiming at approx. 2- 2,5 hours.

Relaxed group/walking group

The route through the lower forest is approx. 4 km, so is ideal for those wanting a brisk walk.  It can also be extended to include a section of the upper forest too.  We will split into various groups on the day, so all groups should be running.

What to bring

Water, whistle, warm, wind or waterproof top depending on weather and your ICE information

Important: Please remember to look behind you at every turn in the route to make sure the people behind you see which way you are going.   

Our runs are pack runs and we will therefore regroup as necessary and leaders of each group will ensure that no-one is left behind. Please keep the groups together and ensure that no-one is left on their own

No Dogs  allowed on our runs. 

 

RV

Run co-coordinator

Gaeleen Tompkins

083 55 696 79

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Friday, 30 April 2021

RE: TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS - SATURDAY 1 MAY 2021: KASTTELPOORT TO MACLEARS BEACON VIA VALLEY OF RED GODS AND ECHO VALLEY

Hi Trailers

 

Our run tomorrow is ON!  Weather will be cool. Please dress appropriately.

 

See you at Theresa Ave ready to run at 6h45

 

Liz

 

082 893 8617

 

From: tmtrailers@googlegroups.com <tmtrailers@googlegroups.com> On Behalf Of liz_brash
Sent: Sunday, 25 April 2021 20:40
To: tmtrailers@googlegroups.com
Subject: FW: TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS - SATURDAY 1 MAY 2021: KASTTELPOORT TO MACLEARS BEACON VIA VALLEY OF RED GODS AND ECHO VALLEY

 

 

 

Hi Trailers,

 

As Saturday is a holiday, we have a longer run planned. We will be starting from Theresa Avenue in Camps Bay and running up to Maclears beacon and back. There is a shorter option

Route

From Theresa Avenue, we wind our way up the jeep track taking the shortcut to the bottom of Kasteelpoort. We go up Kasteelpoort and turn left to go through the Valley of the Red Gods, straight through the cross roads at Echo Valley and up to the top of Platteklip. Here we turn right to Maclears – either along the normal track or along the edge of the mountain. After tagging Maclears (one of the 13 peaks) we go south from the beacon down Smuts Track till we reach the Echo Valley turnoff. We turn right and run through the valley. At the first cross road, we turn left and run along the path overlooking the dams. Once reaching the path we turn right and make our way back to Kasteelpoort to get down and back to the cars

Rendezvous and start time

Meet at Theresa Avenue, Camps Bay ready to start running at 6h45am. Please arrive early for parking, check-in and safety briefing. Remember to bring a torch for the run up the jeep track.

Terrain & Distance

The route starts and ends with jeep track but is mostly single track. It is a long route time-wise as there is a fair amount of climbing.

There is a shortcut for those who don't want to go the whole way:

  • After going through the Valley of the Red Gods, you can turn right along Echo Valley at the first cross road and right again at the second cross road which will take you along the path overlooking the dams. Turn right and make your way back to Kasteelpoort

What to bring 

Water (enough for a longer time out), whistlea space blanket and your ICE information. Please bring a headlamp or torch for the first bit on the jeep track as we may be running in the half-light.

Please check the weather before you set off from home and pack the appropriate waterproof/warm gear. The top of the mountain can be a whole different weather pattern!

Directions to Theresa Ave:

From the city: pass the turn off to the cable station and go down the hill towards Camps Bay. Turn left at the 3rd left turn (Fiskaal road) and follow this road up the mountain – it becomes Francolin and then morphs into Theresa Ave. Park near the hiking entrance to the mountain on your left as you go up to the top of the hill. Parking may be scarce… Don't block driveways or obscure anything as parking tickets are prolific and expensive!

Please note that TMT unfortunately does not allow dogs on its runs.

Please be aware that our runs operate under strict COVID protocols even though now on level 1. 

  • No gathering in a big group at start or end of the run
  • All runners to carry a mask or buff
  • Practice social distancing
  • We will break into small groups as per regulations while we run
  • Please carry emergency contact numbers in your bag or on your wrist/shoe
  • We will monitor the groups on a weekly basis for size
  • VOB reserves the right to stop TMT if the COVID infections increase again in the Western Cape
  • If you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms, please stay at home

 

Liz Brash

082 893 8617

 

***

Warning:  Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running.  It may take place over uneven hazard strewn trails in exposed and often remote terrain where help is not always readily available.

Participation is voluntary and entirely at your own risk as although the organizers take reasonable precautions to ensure runner safety, it cannot be guaranteed.  To this end neither the Club nor the organisers personally can be held liable for any claims relating to inter alia, injuries, disabilities and death. Further any minor child participating in any trail running activity will be deemed to be doing so with the consent of his or her guardian.

 

By starting out on a trail run you explicitly acknowledge that: 

1] you understand the associated risks involved and accept full responsibility for your own safety. 

2] you are medically and physically fit to participate and 

3] are carrying the necessary water, clothing and safety equipment required for the particular run.

 

 

 

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Sunday, 25 April 2021

FW: TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS - SATURDAY 1 MAY 2021: KASTTELPOORT TO MACLEARS BEACON VIA VALLEY OF RED GODS AND ECHO VALLEY



Hi Trailers,

 

As Saturday is a holiday, we have a longer run planned. We will be starting from Theresa Avenue in Camps Bay and running up to Maclears beacon and back. There is a shorter option

Route

From Theresa Avenue, we wind our way up the jeep track taking the shortcut to the bottom of Kasteelpoort. We go up Kasteelpoort and turn left to go through the Valley of the Red Gods, straight through the cross roads at Echo Valley and up to the top of Platteklip. Here we turn right to Maclears – either along the normal track or along the edge of the mountain. After tagging Maclears (one of the 13 peaks) we go south from the beacon down Smuts Track till we reach the Echo Valley turnoff. We turn right and run through the valley. At the first cross road, we turn left and run along the path overlooking the dams. Once reaching the path we turn right and make our way back to Kasteelpoort to get down and back to the cars

Rendezvous and start time

Meet at Theresa Avenue, Camps Bay ready to start running at 6h45am. Please arrive early for parking, check-in and safety briefing. Remember to bring a torch for the run up the jeep track.

Terrain & Distance

The route starts and ends with jeep track but is mostly single track. It is a long route time-wise as there is a fair amount of climbing.

There is a shortcut for those who don't want to go the whole way:

  • After going through the Valley of the Red Gods, you can turn right along Echo Valley at the first cross road and right again at the second cross road which will take you along the path overlooking the dams. Turn right and make your way back to Kasteelpoort

What to bring 

Water (enough for a longer time out), whistlea space blanket and your ICE information. Please bring a headlamp or torch for the first bit on the jeep track as we may be running in the half-light.

Please check the weather before you set off from home and pack the appropriate waterproof/warm gear. The top of the mountain can be a whole different weather pattern!

Directions to Theresa Ave:

From the city: pass the turn off to the cable station and go down the hill towards Camps Bay. Turn left at the 3rd left turn (Fiskaal road) and follow this road up the mountain – it becomes Francolin and then morphs into Theresa Ave. Park near the hiking entrance to the mountain on your left as you go up to the top of the hill. Parking may be scarce… Don't block driveways or obscure anything as parking tickets are prolific and expensive!

Please note that TMT unfortunately does not allow dogs on its runs.

Please be aware that our runs operate under strict COVID protocols even though now on level 1. 

  • No gathering in a big group at start or end of the run
  • All runners to carry a mask or buff
  • Practice social distancing
  • We will break into small groups as per regulations while we run
  • Please carry emergency contact numbers in your bag or on your wrist/shoe
  • We will monitor the groups on a weekly basis for size
  • VOB reserves the right to stop TMT if the COVID infections increase again in the Western Cape
  • If you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms, please stay at home

 

Liz Brash

082 893 8617

 

***

Warning:  Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running.  It may take place over uneven hazard strewn trails in exposed and often remote terrain where help is not always readily available.

Participation is voluntary and entirely at your own risk as although the organizers take reasonable precautions to ensure runner safety, it cannot be guaranteed.  To this end neither the Club nor the organisers personally can be held liable for any claims relating to inter alia, injuries, disabilities and death. Further any minor child participating in any trail running activity will be deemed to be doing so with the consent of his or her guardian.

 

By starting out on a trail run you explicitly acknowledge that: 

1] you understand the associated risks involved and accept full responsibility for your own safety. 

2] you are medically and physically fit to participate and 

3] are carrying the necessary water, clothing and safety equipment required for the particular run.

 

 

 

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Friday, 23 April 2021

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS Fw: TMT 24 April 2021 Saturday: Mouille Point lighthouse - Lions Head/Signal Hill Loop

Happy Friday Trailers

Our run is ON for tomorrow.

Please note there won't be a relaxed group.

See you there!

Regards

Samantha
0723144341


Begin forwarded message:

On Sunday, April 18, 2021, 4:14 PM, Samantha Brinkmann <sammybri@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi Trailers

We start at another light house for our next route.

Route details
From Mouille Point (Green Point) lighthouse, we warm up along beach road and head up Glengariff Road (please be mindful of traffic).  At the top of Glengariff, we catch our breath, then hit the trail turning right to run above Sea Point below the rump of the lion. 

Following the Lions Head Path, at the intersection below the Kramat we keep low and continue around the base of Lions Head returning to the Kramat.

From the Kramat it's a nice flowing run along Signal Hill ridge to the next parking area where we turn right to head down towards the noon day gun above the City side.  We pause here to take some great pics with the cannons and of the view before our slalom down the side of the mountain to Green Point.  

Continuing our decent we make our way through the houses down to Green Point park and return to the lighthouse (again please be mindful of traffic).

Rendezvous and Start Time:  

RV at  the Moullie Point (Green Point) Lighthouse at 6:55am ready to start running at 7:00am

Terrain and Distance:


Mostly single track with some solid climbing and flowing running.  

Distance: approx 12-13kms taking about 2h30 mins for the Medium Group

Faster group will be determined on the morning.
 
Please Bring:  
whistle, water, a warm /waterproof/windproof top dependent on weather, space blanket and ICE (In Case of Emergency) tag or card   
 
This is a pack run and for safety, please check behind you to ensure that the person behind is still there and that they see where you turn off.  Routes are subject to deviation on the day.  

Unfortunately no dogs allowed on our runs.

Please be aware that our runs operate under strict COVID protocols even though now on level 1. 

  • No gathering in a big group at start or end of the run
  • All runners to carry a mask or buff
  • Practice social distancing
  • We will break into small groups as per regulations while we run
  • Please carry emergency contact numbers in your bag or on your wrist/shoe
  • We will monitor the groups on a weekly basis for size
  • VOB reserves the right to stop TMT if the COVID infections increase again in the Western Cape
  • If you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms, please stay at home


Have a great week!


Samantha
Run co-ordinator
0723144341