Monthly Archives: September 2013

OTTER African Trail Run – Challenge

Otter Challenge

So how do you top Race Day at the OTTER African Trail Run? I mean, the weather was perfect; the men and ladies smashed their respective records; SALOMON and GU rocked the house; and their were more smiles per mile than at any other trail race I can remember … So come CHALLENGE morning, you [...]

OTTER African Trail Run : Race Day 2013

Otter Race Day

Salomon athlete Ricky Lightfoot came to South Africa with a mission. That mission was to race the legendary OTTER African Trail Run, and in the process destroy the record. This he did, in the most emphatic fashion imaginable, and despite facing off against the cream of SA’s ‘Generation Trail’ heroes. Lightfoot’s new record of 4hrs [...]

OTTER 2013 – Race Prolugue

Otter prologue

The OTTER African Trail Run, presented by SALOMON and GU – and organised by Magnetic South – kicked off today with the 3.7km Salt River Prologue. This short, sharp and rocky route is used to seed athletes going into the big race, and with perfect weather expected for tomorrow’s humdinger 42.2km endurance marathon, tension is [...]

Salt River Exploring

Salt River

The morning before the OTTER Challenge Prologue offered an excellent opportunity to scramble down into the upper reaches of the Salt River above Nature’s Valley. The initial rocky course soon gouges into the ridge line to form fern pools up to 10m deep, with slippery waterfall scrambles along smooth rock. The tree ferns are spectacular, [...]

Family Tripping: Into Namaqualand


A bit of a family break has been way overdue for me … Most of my travels focus on shoots where I need to cover specific destinations or projects, so this time around it was an absolute pleasure to have a more open agenda, with ample time to spend with Kay, Beth, Robs and Grace. [...]

Family Tripping: Khamkirri Private Game Reserve


Khamkirri is a place of utter interconnectedness, where rugged and dramatic rantjes veldt reach up along the horizon to layer up against the 360 degree parabola of desert sky. In-the-moment adrenaline action, the natural grandeur of the Green Kalahari landscape and the larger than life people make it a special place. A place where warmth [...]

MONZI HIPPO Challenge – MiWay BIG 5 MTB Series 2013

MiWay Hippo

Talk about hot! I saw 37 DEG C in the bakkie at one stage, but some guys mentioned the temperature peaking at 41. This would be hectic in mid-summer, but jeez, we’re barely into September. The KZN North Coast heat did little to dampen the spirit of The Kingdom’s mountain bikers as they took on [...]