Monthly Archives: June 2013

Oyster Road!

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Tarmac is pretty unfamiliar territory for me, but as the annual road cycle made up part of the PICK ‘n PAY Knysna Oyster Festival’s BIG 5 Event, that’s where I headed with my Sonys, albeit from the back of a motor cycle for a change. The (shortened) 80km road race blasted from Knysna to Wilderness [...]

Oyster Time!

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Raaht … so it is that time of the year when you can’t get parking in Knysna, and the restauranteurs and guest house owners are rubbing their hands in glee … in other words, the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is happening big time! So, here I am, rabbiting around the forests and plantations [...]

Chinooking about the Winelands

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… but not with Obama. My VVIP mates on our dawn flip over the Helderberg was ace pilot Schalk Boonzaaier and sharp shooter Pistol Peter Kirk. We never saw the Obama Choppercade, took no pictures of fictitious American presidents and had a coffee at Lanzerac. Then we came back and destroyed the evidence. No FBI [...]

Grootvadersbosch 2013 Stage Run

Grootvadersbosch Two-Day Trail Stage Race 2013

The annual 2-day GVB Stage Trail Run remains one of my favourite trail events in South Africa, and I doubt there is another race in the country that can compete metre for metre as far as WOW factor and variety goes. Gut-thumping cliffs, towering Cape Fold peaks, contorted gorges, fynbos ridges, indigenous forest and stands [...]

Wacky Wine Rally Trail Run 2013

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After all the cold and rain in Robertson, Sunday morning dawned beautifully. It was still freezing, but as the mist cleared and the sun broke through, it was a gorgeous and clear winter’s day. The MERRELL Rally Trail Run – a new addition to the events presented by MOUNTAIN RUNNER at this year’s Wacky Wine [...]

Wacky Running

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The first installment of the MERRELL Wacky Wine Trail Run – presented by Mountain Runner Events at the gorgeous Arrabella Wine Estate – took place near Robertson this past weekend. Blustery weather and muddy trails did not dampen the spirits of trail warriors from around the Cape who entered the 7/16km options, and they experienced [...]

Wacky Wine Fest Night Run

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The MERRELL Night Run at Arrabella Wine Estate, presented by Mountain Runner Events, went down a treat in near-perfect conditions. Sunset, vineyards, Cape mountains, a nice trail run, superb bands, good wine and a rocking vibe … you can’t really ask for more. It was my new SONY gear’s first outing, so there was a [...]

Lesotho Sky MTB Recce – Day 5

Lesotho Sky Recce 5

OK, so I’ve held back a few days on the last few images, very much because I’ve not been quite ready to say goodbye to the Lesotho adventure here where I’m sitting behind my desk. However, there comes a time when you need to bite the bullet, and get the images out of your head [...]

Lesotho Sky MTB Recce – Day 4

Lesotho Sky 4

So, you’ve just had one of your best days in Africa. EVER. And you’re sitting in the 4×4 with that nice couple Christian Schmidt and Darol Howes, wondering what they can do to top Malealea and Ramabanta, and then Semongkong sort of surreptitiously happen around you. It starts off with with golden-bleached highlands seductively nudging [...]

Lesotho Sky MTB Recce – Day 3

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Welcome to Lesotho’s Wild West, china. If you trip into the Mountain Kingdom’s interior beyond Ha Ramashaba to where the Ramabanta Trading Post languishes within the rough-hewn mountains, you had better be ready for 100% proof African landscapes, thin air and gritty trails. If you have a donkey, saddle up. And if you can dress [...]