This Saturday we explore Silvermine East starting from Kalk Bay.
We park in the parking at Kalk Bay Station next to Cape to Cuba. We bounce up the stairs to Boyes Drive and cross the road to wind our way up Weary Willy's. From Weary Willy's junction we all go straight up Echo Valley.
At the top the medium and relaxed group will turn right to the amphitheatre and the fast group will turn left to go around on Dead Man's Path.
Relaxed group: Go through the amphitheatre and down the Crassula Path to the jeep track. Turn right and follow the jeep track turning right at the junction which will take you all the way back to Weary Willy's where you make your way back down to the cars – around 8km
Medium group: Go through the amphitheatre and down the Crassula Path to the jeep track. Turn right and then left at the first single track to the next jeep track. Turn right on to the jeep track and then right again on to the jeep track at junction pool. Just before Nellie's Pool turn right on to the single track, cross the jeep track and continue through Speciosa Valley, past Tartarus cave and then left down Spes Bona Valley back to Weary Willy's and back to the cars – around 10km
Fast group: Coming off Dead Man's Path continue straight on the jeep track and cross above the waterfall and turn right on to the next jeep track. After 300m turn left on to single track which comes out at Junction Pool. Here there is the option to follow the medium group route or visit Muizenberg Cave and follow the jeep track to Weary Willy's and home – around 12km
Rendezvous and start time
Meet at 6:25am at Kalk Bay station parking. We start running at 6h30am
Terrain and distance
Undulating single track and jeep track with an uphill from Kalk Bay to the amphitheatre junction.
We will split into speed groups and possibly smaller groups as per regulations (keeping each other in sight) - with leaders and sweeps on the morning.
The relaxed group will be confirmed on Friday
Please note that K-Way VOB club rules do not permit dogs on our runs.
What to bring
Water, whistle, warm/windproof top, rain jacket- weather dependent, space blanket, ICE ID - either on your phone, bracelet/tag, card in your backpack.
The weather can change fast on the top of the mountain. Please make sure that you are carrying the right equipment, enough food and water
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.
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.
Please remember to adhere to the COVID principles below:
- 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
- No personal sign in – ensure the leader ticks you in/out. 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
- If you are not comfortable with group running yet, we hope to welcome you soon
See you there!
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