Saturday, 26 November 2016

FEEDBACK: Saturday 26 November 2016 - East Fort towards Chapmans Peak and back

A beautiful deceptively calm morning greeted 31 of us at Hout Bay beach. We extricated ourselves from the large gathering of women in the Catch Me If You Can group who were also starting their run from the same spot and decided to go off up Chappies before they began

The fast group, led by Geoff, went first followed at a more leisurely pace by the medium bunch. Peter's group drove up to East Fort and started from there.

As we were on the east side of the mountain, we had welcome shade as we climbed up the ravine to the turnoff.

As we got higher, Lorraine's vertigo kicked in so she turned back to do a beach run, have coffee and take some beautiful pictures which can be seen on our Facebook page.

The results of the fire are still visible but the vegetation is definitely recovering.

We crossed the stream and started towards Chapman's Peak running on beautiful single track with climbs and drops and stunning views -heading towards the sunny spots

Looking down at Chapman's Peak drive

The group spread out and we could see the front runners far ahead

At last we came into the sun! Here the wind also started.

A quick stop for a group photo - medium group - and then down to the road for the run back, hanging on to hats as the wind gusted down the mountain!. 

Nothemba Mfolozi completed her 10th sortie with TMT and moves into the special check-in!

Peter's report: 
The eight of us in the Slow Group  took two cars up to East Fort and climbed up to the Silvermine-Orange Kloof Trail which runs under the high massif of Constantia berg and leads into Blackburn Kloof near the top.  Some spectacular views but not for the faint-hearted as it is quite narrow and  precipitous in places. Then down the ziz-zag section of Blackburn to the start of the well worn gravel track and back for an easy jog down the road to the parking area

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