Monday 26 May 2014

FEEDBACK: Silvermine NW 31 May and OFTC hike Sunday 1 June

Feedback Sat 31 May Silvermine NW

We had 25 turn up for part of the OFTC recce on a slightly blustery winter’s morning. It felt very odd to be heading out for a run when the sun was already up but we all enjoyed the slightly later start time due to Silvermine gates only opening at 8am. Apologies to those who were expecting a R20 entrance fee, it is now R40! Best get those Green cards, they are great value at R105 for 12 entries.

The Main group did a 12km loop up the river walk through the zig zag shortcuts to Blackburn, down to Elephants Eye lookout and along Steenberg Ridge and back through the river walk. The Recovery group cut out the lookout and had a lovely relaxed 10km ramble along the same route. Nicole says it’s not a proper trail run unless you get your feet wet so we had a little splash through the river to make her happy.

Both groups arrived back at exactly the same time due to precision planning (i.e. Theresa, Lorraine and Gae spotting the Main group on the ridge and putting foot). Thank you to Richard and Julian for leading the Main Group, Gae and Peter for leading and sweeping the Recovery group and Lorraine for the photos. It was another lovely morning out.


Sunday sequel

To complete the Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge recce on Sunday we hiked over the section from Boyes Drive to Ou Kaapseweg.    This section can be navigationally challenging 
especially in poor visibility. 

Natalie, Peter Allison and Lorraine

Lorraine making sure of the route


Monday 19 May 2014

FEEDBACK: Saturday 24th May: East Fort, Hout Bay

After listening to the torrential rain, rolling thunder and watching the sky flash with lightening all night, most TMT-ers decided to pull the duvet back up over their heads and sleep in this morning. Only the most intrepid amongst us (or the nuttiest!) met at Hout Bay beach this morning at 7am.
Believe it or not, Hout Bay was bone dry, 18C and not a breath of wind. We had a long discussion about the likelihood of low clouds higher up on the mountain and the type of lightening prevalent in Cape Town (compared to Joburg lightening) and finally decided to divert our run to Constantia Nek and along the contour path beyond Skeleton Gorge.

The main group are pictured (all three of us!) and Faye and Mary-Anne were the two unstoppable walkers. Gregg put in an appearance at the car park just to make sure I wasn't there alone in the dark! What a gentleman!


Monday 12 May 2014

FEEDBACK Sat 17th May: Cape Point-Olifantsbos

Saturday 17th May 2013: Cape Point- Olifantsbos route

15 made it all the way down to the Cape Point Nature Reserve on a crisp winter's morning with a gentle sea breeze, blue skies, fluffy clouds and the subdued hum of the breakers rolling ashore.  Soon we were  off along the beach past numerous wreck sites and skirting around an assortment of flotsam and jetsam washed in by the seas.

It was a magnificent run through the pristine unspoilt fynbos and from the satisfied grins at the end enjoyed by all.   One mishap in that Annalise fell and sprained her finger but she assures me that it has not put her off trail running.

Thanks to Neil and Felicity for a well organised sortie.

Mary-Anne a keen walker, on her first run!


Geoff, Mary-Anne, Felicity and Megan of the Recovery group

Koggelman Arch