Sunday, 16 January 2022

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS - SATURDAY 22 JANUARY 2022: THREE VALLEYS AND AN AQUEDUCT

Hi Trailers

After the gentle start to the year last Saturday, this Saturday we ascend Table Mountain via Kasteelspoort, pass the Valley of the Red Gods, go through the Valley of Isolation and run along Echo Valley before returning via the Aqueduct path.

Route

We park at Theresa Avenue in Camps Bay and go up the jeep track taking the shortcut to the base of Kasteelspoort. We climb up Kasteelspoort, turn left at the top following the path through the Valley of the Red Gods and the Valley of Isolation (with the requisite hills in between…) until we reach the junction in Echo Valley. Here we turn right and run along the valley. We cross over the first junction and run to the junction with Smuts Track. Here we turn right and run to the junction with the Aqueduct, turn right and follow the aqueduct path down to the dam. From here we make our way back to Kasteelspoort and back home.

This is not a long route but includes a fair amount of climbing and descending.

For those who want a shorter option, turn right at the first junction in Echo Valley which will take you down to the jeep track. Turn right to make your way back to Kasteelspoort.

For those who want a longer run, turn left at Smuts Track and make your way to Maclear's Beacon – out and back or return route to be decided by the group

Rendezvous and start time

Park at Theresa Avenue by 6h15am ready to start at 6:30am. Please arrive early – parking fills up fast.

Be careful how and where you park as traffic fines are a real possibility

Terrain & Distance

The route is mainly single track with some jeep track at the start and end. The first 2km are uphill. Thereafter undulating up hills and down valleys. Downhill from Smuts track junction to the aqueduct, down aqueduct valley and down Kasteelspoort.

The stated route is around 11km, the shorter route around 8km and the longer route around 13km if out and back (distances estimated!)

What to bring 

Water, whistlea space blanket and your ICE information. The weather can be different on the top of the mountain. Please come prepared for wind, mist or extreme heat!

Please check the weather before you set off from home and pack the appropriate waterproof/warm gear/lots of water.

Directions to Theresa Avenue

From Cape Town:

Pass the entrance to the cable car and continue down Camps Bay Drive. Take the third road to the left (Fiskaal Road and follow this winding road up the mountain – it becomes Francolin Road and then Theresa Avenue. Park on the sea-side of the road facing the correct way without blocking driveways or obstructing traffic. We will start at the entrance to the Jeep Trail which is the first road (cul de sac) to the left after the road becomes Theresa Avenue

From Camps Bay/Bakoven:

Get on to Camps Bay Drive from Victoria Road, go round the left-hand hair pin bend and Fiskaal is on the right near the bus stop.

Please note that TMT unfortunately does not allow dogs on its runs.

Please be aware that our runs operate under strict COVID protocols even though now on level 1. 

  • No gathering in a big group at start or end of the run
  • All runners to carry a mask or buff
  • Practice social distancing
  • Please carry emergency contact numbers in your bag or on your wrist/shoe
  • 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

 Liz Brash

082 893 8617

 

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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.

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 guardian.

 

By starting out on a trail run you explicitly acknowledge that: 

1] you understand the associated risks involved and accept full responsibility for your own safety. 

2] you are medically and physically fit to participate and 

3] are carrying the necessary water, clothing and safety equipment required for the particular run.

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Friday, 14 January 2022

Fwd: TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS: SATURDAY 15TH JANUARY 2022: LIONS HEAD LOOP FROM MOUILLE POINT

Hi All,

We are definitely heading to the mountain tomorrow morning! It's going to be a scorcher, according to my weather app, it'll be 20C at 6am. Please bring gallons of water and slather yourselves in sunblock.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ANYONE JOINING THE WALKERSLiz will be starting the Walking Group at KLOOF NEK PARKING LOT - NOT at the lighthouse. Please let us know by sms or whatsapp if you will be joining her so that she knows to wait for you.

See you there!

L.
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Date: Tue, Jan 11, 2022 at 7:24 AM
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Hi Trailers,

 

Welcome to 2022! We're starting the year with a familiar and favourite route: Mouille Point – Lion's Head Loop.

 

Route details

 

From Mouille Point (Green Point) lighthouse, we warm up with a jog along Beach Road and head up Glengariff Road.  At the top of Glengariff, we catch our breath, then hit the trail, turning right to run above Sea Point below the rump of the lion. 

 

Following the Lions Head Path, at the intersection below the Kramat we keep low and continue around the base of Lions Head, returning to the Kramat. The stronger runners (who perhaps didn't indulge in as many mince pies as some of us) may take a climb up the Lion if they so wish.

 

From the Kramat, we enjoy a flattish run along Signal Hill ridge to the next parking area where we turn right to head down, running the jeep track above the Bo-kaap towards the noon day gun.  We pause here to take some great pics with the cannons and of the view before our slalom down the side of the mountain to Green Point.  

 

The final stretch takes us through suburbia to Green Point Park and return to the lighthouse.

 

Rendezvous and Start Time:  

RV at  the Moullie Point (Green Point) Lighthouse at 6:25am ready to start running at 6:30am

Terrain and Distance:

 

Mostly single track with some solid climbing and flowing running.

 

Distance: approx 12-13kms taking about 2-3 hours.

 

Group leaders will be determined on the morning – but there will definitely be a Relaxed Group AND a walking group. It's that time of year! 😉

 

This is a pack run and for safety, please check behind you to ensure that the person behind is still there and that they see where you turn off.  Routes are subject to deviation on the day.  

 

 

Don't leave home without:  

whistle, water, a warm /waterproof/windproof top dependent on weather, space blanket and ICE (In Case of Emergency) tag or card and sun protection.

 

Unfortunately no dogs allowed on our runs.

 

Please be aware that our runs operate under strict COVID protocols even though now on level 1. 

·  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

·  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

 

 

See you there!

 

 

Lorraine

Run co-ordinator

0725750914

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Tuesday, 11 January 2022

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS: SATURDAY 15TH JANUARY 2022: LIONS HEAD LOOP FROM MOUILLE POINT

Hi Trailers,

 

Welcome to 2022! We're starting the year with a familiar and favourite route: Mouille Point – Lion's Head Loop.

 

Route details

 

From Mouille Point (Green Point) lighthouse, we warm up with a jog along Beach Road and head up Glengariff Road.  At the top of Glengariff, we catch our breath, then hit the trail, turning right to run above Sea Point below the rump of the lion. 

 

Following the Lions Head Path, at the intersection below the Kramat we keep low and continue around the base of Lions Head, returning to the Kramat. The stronger runners (who perhaps didn't indulge in as many mince pies as some of us) may take a climb up the Lion if they so wish.

 

From the Kramat, we enjoy a flattish run along Signal Hill ridge to the next parking area where we turn right to head down, running the jeep track above the Bo-kaap towards the noon day gun.  We pause here to take some great pics with the cannons and of the view before our slalom down the side of the mountain to Green Point.  

 

The final stretch takes us through suburbia to Green Point Park and return to the lighthouse.

 

Rendezvous and Start Time:  

RV at  the Moullie Point (Green Point) Lighthouse at 6:25am ready to start running at 6:30am

Terrain and Distance:

 

Mostly single track with some solid climbing and flowing running.

 

Distance: approx 12-13kms taking about 2-3 hours.

 

Group leaders will be determined on the morning – but there will definitely be a Relaxed Group AND a walking group. It's that time of year! 😉

 

This is a pack run and for safety, please check behind you to ensure that the person behind is still there and that they see where you turn off.  Routes are subject to deviation on the day.  

 

 

Don't leave home without:  

whistle, water, a warm /waterproof/windproof top dependent on weather, space blanket and ICE (In Case of Emergency) tag or card and sun protection.

 

Unfortunately no dogs allowed on our runs.

 

Please be aware that our runs operate under strict COVID protocols even though now on level 1. 

·  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

·  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

 

 

See you there!

 

 

Lorraine

Run co-ordinator

0725750914

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