Kloof Corner

So, it has been ages since my last post… But I’m going to try be more diligent this time!

There are many beautiful view points on this route.

There are many beautiful view points on this route.

This last Sunday I did a run with MATES running group. Well, ‘run’ is maybe not the correct term. Hike would be the correct term for this one. We headed up kloof corner on a beautiful Sunday morning. I had never done this route so was looking forward to it, although there had been talk of some areas being very exposed and a need for a ‘head for heights’! (of which mine is not great)

View from contour path on aloof corner

View from contour path on aloof corner

This is not a route for the faint hearted and one to do alone. It is advised to go with someone who has done the route before. You start at the SANPark information hut at kloof nek. From there head up the single track, so as to not have to walk up the road. Ascend kloof corner until you reach to contour path. Turn left onto the Contour and keep on eye out for a chain on rocks on your right. That is the start of the hike. From there you follow the cairns and ascend some chains and eventually climb through the ‘chimney’. These are sections where you need a head for heights!

Looking out toward the Peninsula

Looking out toward the Peninsula

Still looking happy before the chains

Still looking happy before the chains

Onward and upward

Onward and upward

The route eventually joins up with India Venster, and makes its way up to the top of Table Mountain. From there the options are endless really and you can explore the routes the mountain has to offer.

All in all another beautiful morning on the mountain! Its hard to believe that with all the running I have done on the mountain, there are so many routes I have not done yet!

See you out there…

 

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Run with a view…

If you are looking for a beautiful view, Vlakkenberg is a gem. Admittedly, its not a walk in the park to get to this view, but it sure is worth it!

In a previous post I tracked a run I did along the same path. From Constantia Nek up into vlakkenberg. This time I ran slightly further and was treated to this amazing view of Hout Bay.2014-02-15 07.25.03

I highly recommend this trail. I still want to go even further along at see the view over Kommetjie 🙂

 

 

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Pipe Track

This past weekend I went for a brilliant run with my mate along the pipe track. I live in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, so I do most of my running on that side of the mountain. But If you are like me, do your self a favour and venture to the atlantic side. We simply parked at Klook nek, and followed the pipe track all the way. It is a great gradual climb and allows you to get some good distance while still climbing the mountain.

The views along the path are some of the best too!

looking back at lions head

looking back at lions head

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13-12-2013 Vlakkenberg

Well, I hope you have all had a great festive season and have managed to get onto the trails once or twice.

I realised I have a couple of trails I have recently done that I have not blogged about, so here goes…

The last route I blogged about was the contour path, and the one really cool thing about the contour path route is that it can be a ‘there and back’ run. Well this route is the same, except it is much more challenging in that there are some good climbs!

As most of my runs these days, it starts off from Constantia Nek but instead of heading on the Table Mountain side, you head into the Tokai mountains. The name of the mountain area you start from is called Vlakkenberg. So, from the circle at the nek, you head down the road as if you are going to Hout Bay. Keep on the left hand side as the entrance to the mountain is on that side, about 300m down from the circle. Enter through a small pedestrian gate and follow the  road up, you will shortly see a sign directing you onto a small single track. This takes you on the first decent climb, with the vineyards on your left, and you quickly gain some hight and are treated to a magnificent view of Constantia Nek (looking back).

Constantia Nek from Vlakkenberg

Constantia Nek from Vlakkenberg

This path takes you up and over the mountain and into the Tokai mountains. The first climb is probably the toughest, but once up at the top you are treated to a really technical fast downhill. Be careful though as the footing is tricky on the way down. You will cross a boardwalk at the bottom of the hill and head into the next climb, which is much shorter. Once you pop out onto a tar road, you know you on the right track (be sure to take note where you come out onto the tar as you will need to head back down the same path on your way home).

Follow the tar road for a couple hundred meters and take the small trail to the right. This will lead you all the way above Hout Bay. Its a fairly flat section and you are able to stretch the legs a bit. This is where you can make the route as long as you like. the day we went, we didn’t go to far, but from what I can tell you could run all the way to Kommetjie side.

View out over Hout Bay

View out over Hout Bay

Im sure there are hundreds of other routes you can take from this one, but if you are looking for a time specific route, its always nice to be able to do a ‘there and back’ to suit your time. The Vlakkenberg is one area I haven’t run much yet, but I will definitely do some more exploring in the near future!

There is not much shade on this route so be sure to have sunblock on and take enough water and snacks.

See you out there!

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15-12-2013 Contour Path

If you are looking into this whole trail running thing, you might be feeling a bit daunted at the idea of running up mountains. Well recently I went for a run along the contour path on Table Mountain and would suggest this as a really great route to get the feel of trail running. It is ideal in that it is relatively flat and without too much work you feel as though you are lost in the mountains, surrounded by magnificent views and beautiful vegetation.

The contour can be accessed from a few different points, however I find going from Constantia neck is the easiest. If you start at the parking area at the neck, take the dirt road heading into the mountain; keep on this path all the way, not taking any turn offs. This will lead you back over the top of Cecilia forest and Kirstenbosch Gardens and onto the contour path. When hearing the word ‘Contour Path’, most people envision a fairly wide path accessible by cars, but in fact it is a hiking trail that makes its way along the mountain all the way to the Block House above Rhodes Mem.

In the winter months you will be able to take advantage of the many waterfalls along the route for drinking, however during summer they can often be dry so be sure to take sufficient water along. The nice thing about this route is that it is a ‘there and back’ run allowing you to make the run as long as you like. Heading all the way to the Block House and back would probably be a good 3-4hr run, so start it off easy and work your way to getting all the way to the block house and back. I would advise to always run in the mountain with at least one partner, as it is easy to get into trouble out there. Although this is a flat run, there are still a couple little climbs and one challenging section of steps in the middle, just to keep runners humble 😉

So now there is no excuse, see you out there!

Below is my run I tracked, however, don’t trust the distance recorded as the app got the measurement wrong.

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Whale of Trail update

So if you have not heard yet, next year will host the first ever Whale of  Trail event. This is an exciting new event similar to that of the iconic Otter race in that it takes place on what is normally a hugely popular hiking trail. The Whale of Trail take place on the scenic 50km Whale trail, which is normally a 5 day hike. So if you think you can conquer it in one day, be sure to get yourself an entry. Entries will open at 12h00 on the 16th Jan 2014 at a cost of R1950. Entries are limited to 150 runners so be sure get them as soon as they become available! For more information check out http://www.whaleoftrail.co.za

This is set to be an event not to be missed!

Whale of Trail

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Soaring Eagle Run

Looks awesome…

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