Tuesday 22 February 2011
Monday 21 February 2011
Two Oceans 10Km Trail Recce Run
We had a good,varied and enthusiastic turn out for Saturday’s recce run over the 2 Oceans trail route with several newcomers, and members of Tim’s trail running groups joining in.
With the help from many we did actually manage to run over much of the route as best we could tell from the somewhat vague map published on the Two Oceans web site. However having subsequently checked my GPS track with the map I believe we made two mistakes following on the first one when we turned back downhill, firstly we turned down off the Woodcutters Trail too soon and secondly we ran down the tarred road towards the gate when we should have been running through the wooded area about 200m to our right. Anyway the aim of the exercise was to get to know the route so next time we will start with a far better idea of the route to follow.
Due to our navigational errors we ran short only covering 8Kms in 1hr 24 mins So we can make it up next week!!!
Other than that no problems everyone stayed on their feet.
Sunday 13 February 2011
For once the weather smiled on us with a bright clear day and a most gentle and cooling breeze as we headed along the gravel road to the waterfall and around the flank of Maiden Peak and then the long slog up to the cairn marking the start of the Crasula path. At the rock overhang we stopped to re-group and admire the view Northwards over the valley towards Constantia Berg. [see main photo above] Then it was a nip over the nek between Klein Tuinkop and Kalk Bay peak and the descent down to the Amphitheatre. On the way we passed a solitary rare Blue Disa [photo left below]
From here we took the path up over the crest and ran through a light mist and then down the wooded Spes Bona Valley [photo centre below] to the intersection with the gravel path which led around the Eastern flank of Kalk Bay
over looking St James. Here another regroup and view over False Bay. From there it was an fairly easy run/walk to Nellie’s Pool and over to Junction pool and a sidestep to the right, up and over the “short cut’ path to meet up with the gravel track past the waterfall and an undulating cruise back to the car park.
No accidents, gentle breeze and almost no mist on the ridge, all in all a very good outing covering 10.5 Km with a running time of just over 2 hrs.