Monthly Archives: July 2012

Hout Bay Trail Challenge

HBTC

Kilometre for kilometre, I seriously doubt there is a tougher trail race on the Cape Peninsula. The annual HBTC – presented by Claire Ashworth and SPORTS 4 U, unfolded in fantastic weather and with arguably the strongest field I’ve seen at any trail race this year. Both the men’s and women’s fields duelled it out, [...]

Grootvadersbosch 2 Day Trail Run

GVB

Every time I visit Grootvadersbosch Conservancy near Heidelberg, I again realise that this is – without a shadow of a doubt – one of the most beautiful places in the world in which to run. Untouched indigenous forest, high fynbos plateaus, a dusting of snow on the peaks and black eagles patrolling the endless blue [...]

Shipwreck Trail

Shipwreck trail

We have a glorious backyard here in the Deep South. Half an hour of travel delivers you into Cape Point Nature Reserve, a place that epitomises the elemental ‘Cape of Storms’. If your timing is right, however, you will lose yourself along this rugged coastline on a glorious winter’s day, with dozens of hikes to [...]

New – The Adventure Guide of South Africa

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Get 10% discount by ordering now. Send an email to jacques@jacquesmarais.co.za This book includes : * 1249 adventures throughout the whole of South Africa * 324 pages of info with 215 kick-ass photographs * 72 adventure hot spots in all 9 provinces * 23 adventure sporting disciplines, including mountain biking, trail running, rock climbing, canyoning, [...]

Top MTB Trails

MTB cover

Top MTB trails covers the best trails, routes and rides in the three Cape provinces. Up-to-date route information, great photographs and excellent, detailed maps, along with IMBA Trail difficulty rating system and AMA approvals, make this book the perfect companion for experienced as well as aspiring mountain biking enthusiasts. A comprehensive list of trails to [...]

Route Tripping

Road Tripping

The best way to find new trail running and mountain biking routes is to go on a road trip … that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it There was also a small matter of a mate’s wedding in KZN, and a long overdue family break, but the cool thing was that Kay and Grace [...]

An Agricultural Affair

Steve Smith

My mate Stephen Smith got married to the Lovely Emm in a field near Winterton. Vows were exchanged, tears were shed, jokes were shared, a secretary bird did a swooping fly-past and a swarm of bees buzzed the guests. Drinks were consumed from ice-filled drinking troughs, haute potjie cuisine made the tables groan and laughter [...]