Monthly Archives: April 2016

Mola Mola Rescue – Port Nolloth

Mola Mola

  Our beach run in beautiful McDougalls Bay turned into a bit of an adventure rescue mission this afternoon. After the rush of the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, me and Peter Kirk decided to recharge our batteries en route to Cape Town, but spotted a giant sunfish about a km into the run. The species Mola Mola grows [...]

Back in civilisation after Desert Knights MTB Challenge 2016

Back after DK

Back in signal after a few days of utter wilderness bliss in the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. For the past week, Peter Kirk and I have been filming and shooting ‪#‎DesertKnights‬, and we are absolutely suffused with equal parts dust, mindspace and mountain biking stoke … I mean, where else in the world can you ride under a full [...]

Desert Knights MTB Challenge 2016 Day 6 : Over Helskloof to the Finish

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Somehow, the last day always seems to sneak up on you, and#DesertKNights is certainly no different. Five days into your desert journey and your mind, body and soul belongs to the RIchetrsveld, and the last thing you want to do is leave … But Helskloof Pass and the final grit-chute of a gravel pass onto the [...]

Desert Knights MTB Challenge 2016 Day 5 : Extra-Terrestrial Trial Tripping

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De Hoop Camp Site in the Richtersveld Mountain Desert National Park rates as one of my absolute favourite camp sites on the whole of Planet Earth … Unforgiving mountain desert stacking up at your back, and with the life-giving, emerald artery of the mighty Orange River carving a greensward swathe through this lunar landscape at [...]

Desert Knights MTB Challenge 2016 Day 4 : Take me to the river …

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After a night of wild camping in the dramatic Gamchab Canyon near /Ai/Ais Resort, the riders had to saddle up for a quick 13km ride down-river to the river put-in point. This is another one of those amazing days that makes #DesertKnights so unique, with a 4hr paddle in Indian canoes or kayaks towards the De Hoop [...]

Desert Knights MTB Challenge 2016 Day 3: Grit, Glory and Gamchab Canyon


One of my favourite days of‪#‎mountainbiking‬ in the world, with a wild night ride from /Ai/Ais to the remote and rugged Gamchab Canyon. A wilderness site awaits the riders here, with the tents sheltered within the lee of a soaring 150m cliff. Peter Kirk and I climbed into the shale-shocked peaks surrounding the camp to shoot night exposure [...]

Desert Knights MTB Challenge 2016 Day 1: Hup Hup Hobas

DK day 1

First day of ‪#‎DesertKnights‬ 2016 is done and dusted, with an edge-of-the-cliff 35km ride along the gorge(ous) Fish River Canyon in the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park in ‪#‎Namibia‬ last night. A scattering of rain drops and threatening skies mirrored the exhilaration of the field of riders. Today we saddle up to ride to the /Ai/Ais Hot Springs, traversing one of [...]

Desert Knights MTB Challenge 2016 Day 2: Desert Roads Dreaming


Cue long and windy gravel district roads time-warping through the arid heart of southern Namibia, snaking all the way from the Fish River Canyon to the mineral hot springs at /Ai-/Ais Resort. Most of the pre-ride day was spent within the beautiful weirdness that is the Canyon Road House. Part museum, part restaurant and part [...]

Choices – Day 1, Desert Knights MTB Challenge

DK Day 1 choice

The choices you make in life… On ‪#‎Day1‬ at ‪#‎DesertKnights‬, there is a gravel road that runs a 100m away from the incredible Fish River Canyon. You can choose to stay on that road and get to the finish 5min earlier. Or you could venture off track and add huge endorphins to your ride, for a minimal physical [...]

Leaving Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon, Namibia 2016

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Another pre-dawn mission through Canyon Park with Pistol Peter Kirk to shoot Bennie saying good bye to his flock of Damara fat-tailed sheep.‪#‎DesertKnights‬ start in a few hours and the butterflies are coming home to roost ‪#‎BraveHeartBennie‬ Click here to view the pics