It’s Spring in the Cape Mountains and what a show we have had this year. This week sees us returning to the Kalk Bay Mountains in search of one of the lesser known members of the Orchid family, the Satyrium.
Though spotting this little beauty might be difficult at running pace, we should have fun trying.
Rendezvous and Start Time:
Parking Area between to Kalk Bay Station and Cape to Cuba, opposite Kalk Bay Café. Please arrive at 6h35am for sign-in and briefing. Ready to start at 06h45 am
From Kalk Bay Station Up Norman Road, Ponder Road (steps) on to Boyes Drive. Up the stairs next to the Echo Valley Sign. At the T- junction turn Left. Follow the path till Weary Willy’s.
The Fast Group heads up Echo Valley onto the Amphitheatre, then along the Crassula Path. At the Jeep Track turn right. Ignore the first single track to your left. Take the second Single track to your left, down into a the small valley and back out the other side. At the next Jeep track turn Right. Continue along the Jeep Track to Navy Communication Tower. Pass the tower turn onto the single track leading to the Muizenberg Peak. From Muizenberg Peak Head down to the Plateau where the Fast Group meets up with the Medium Group at the top of Peck’s valley.
From the top of peck’s valley. The Fast and Medium Groups head onto the plateau. Where the single track ahead becomes faint take the clear sandy path to left. Heading past the Old “Silver” Mine to Saint James Peak.
From Saint James Peak head towards Nellie’s Pool. At the Jeep Track turn Left. Short distance then Right on to a single track. Cross the next jeep track passing a stone beacon onto another single track. This leads past Tarturus Cave and Kalk Bay Peak. From hear head down Spes Bona Valley and onto Kalk Bay Station.
From Weary Willy’s the Mediums head to Ou Kraal. From Ou Kraal they head up to a Jeep track. Following the Jeep track ignoring all turn offs until reaching Junction Pool. From junction pool the mediums follow the jeep track right until passing the Navy communications tower. From here they head to the top of Peck’s Valley where they join up with the Fast Group.
To be confirmed on Friday.
Distance and terrain
Mix of Sandy/Rocky Single Track, Jeep Track, with lots of hills.
Fast Group +/-15km
Medium Group +/-12km
Relaxed Group +/-8km
This is a pack run with regular regroups, we will split into speed groups with leaders and sweeps on the morning.
What to bring
Water, whistle, warm/windproof top depending on weather. Space blanket (Check it’s condition please) ICE (In Case Of Emergency) ID - bracelet / tag, card in your backpack.
Please note K-Way VOB club rules do not permit dogs on our runs.
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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.
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