Sunday 25 June 2017

FEEDBACK: Sat 1 July: Constantia Nek

There was chaos in the morning as trailers making their way to HoutBay to start at East Fort were turned back as roads were closed due to violent protests. HoutBay was a no-go zone.

The  WhatsApp group pinged non-stop with warnings, suggestions and general concern. Eventually a decision was made to re-group at Constantia Nek.

A reasonably-sized group of cold runners gathered together to discuss routes. Even our American visitor had made it - the Uber driver fortuitously picking Joanne to ask for directions!

In the end Geoff took the fast group, including Scott from America, on a 3 hour tour of the mountain, Tim took a section of the medium group on a flattish contour path run, Theo took a small medium group on a hillier route and Nora took the slower group on an out and back contour path jog.

Theo's group ran along the contour path to Rooikat Ravine, clambered up the Rooikat steps and then turned up Cecilia Ravine to puff and scramble up to the Overseer's hut. Despite the elapsed time and screaming leg muscles, we then did a short out and back detour along Smut's track before turning back and running back down to the cars via the shortcuts.

The other medium group and the slower group had already finished, but there was no sign of the fast group. The traffic at the circle was a nightmare as traffic officers turned everyone back, so we went for coffee at La Parada to wait it out.

Eventually Geoff led his band of runners back to the cars, having explored the mountain and thoroughly impressing Scott who announced that it was his best trail run ever!

Despite the earlier chaos, it was a beautiful day to be out on the mountain!

Poor Allison, the appointed leader, had arrived in Hout Bay early from town. Due to all routes out being closed, she and Mark climbed Chapman's Peak and eventually got home at 1pm...

FEEDBACK: SATURDAY 24TH June Newlands Forest - The Aloes

Written feedback to follow. Here are some photos in the meantime. Lots more on the facebook page.

Monday 12 June 2017

FEEDBACK: Sat 17th June Silvermine North Gate 1

Feedback to follow.

Hi Trailers

This week we return to Silvermine North (the side where the dam is) - Note the later start time of 8.5am (a nice lie in for a long weekend) - the Winter opening time of the gate is 8am.

RouteWe start at the middle parking area or mountain bikers parking and follow the trail along Steenberg Ridge to Elephant's Eye lookout. From there we head to the old Blackburn lookout spot. Then we take the Panorama trail to Noordhoek Peak. Come back via the Silvermine Orange Kloof trail, onto the trail that runs parallel to the river. Cross the tar road back to the mountain bikers parking - map attached

Rendezvous and start timeMiddle parking/Mountain bikers parking lot in Silvermine ready to start at 8.15am. That means you need to be at the gate by 8am latest.

How to get there?  Coming from Cape Town, turn right off Ou Kaapse Weg to Gate 1 Silvermine.

Terrain and distanceSingle track and jeep track, some climbs. About 12-14 kms.

Medium groupThe Medium group will follow the same route at a more modest pace. Or their leader may decide to take a shortcut.

Slow groupTo be confirmed on Friday

DogsPlease note that K-Way VOB club rules do not permit dogs on our runs.

What to bring?Green/Wild Card/R50 entrance fee.
Water, whistle, warm/windproof top depending on weather. 

Have a good week

Neil & Felicity
083 775 2150

K-Way VOB's Medium Distance
Trail Running Gro
  Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running.  It takes place over uneven hazard strewn trails in exposed and often remote terrain where help is not always readily available.
Participation is voluntary and entirely at your own risk as although the organizers take reasonable precautions to ensure runner safety, it cannot be guaranteed.  To this end neither the Club nor the organisers personally can be held liable for any claims relating to inter alia, injuries, disabilities and death. Further any minor child participating in any trail running activity will be deemed to be doing so with the consent of his or her guardia
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