Monthly Archives: November 2016

ToHellAndBack #Day2: Like a Bat Outta Hell

H&B

“I like that it is a real-life MTB Adventure, without gimmicks and bells and whistles. For real mountain bikers, you know” … That’s the typical comment you get from #HellAndBackers once they bang into the under-belly of Gamkaskloof. They’re usually saying this with a big-ass #DarlingBrew beer clutched in their paws, and with dust and [...]

ToHellAndBack 2016 DAY #1: An Old-School MTB Adventure

H&B day 1

“I like that it is a real-life MTB Adventure, without gimmicks and bells and whistles. For real mountain bikers, you know” … That’s the typical comment you get from #HellAndBackers once they bang into the under-belly of Gamkaskloof. They’re usually saying this with a big-ass #DarlingBrew beer clutched in their paws, and with dust and [...]

Mankele MTB Park 2016

Mankele

No #mtb mission into #Mpumalanga can be complete without a few serious hoicks and climbs into the mountains rucking up around Mankele Mountain Biking Park. This is free-rider country with serious trail attitude, but there are more than enough Intermediate and Beginner options to keep the whole family happy. This time, there was no #DeadMonkeyRide for me and Matthew Drew, as we [...]

Tranquilitas Trails 2016

Tranquilitas

There’s way more to #Boven than just exhilarating rock #climbing along the crags at ‘The Restaurant (at the End of the Universe)’. Think trout fishing, trail running, hiking, birding, and of course, mountain biking. In fact, these days MTBrs may outnumber rock climbers on any given weekend, and this is in a large part thanks to local trail maestro, Glenn [...]

Elands River Ecstasy

Elands River

Some experiences in life cannot be bought, no matter what the credit limit on your Master Card. Last week, Karyn Marais and I were fortunate enough to make one of these memories of a lifetime up in gorgeous Emgwenya (formerly #WatervalBoven).Said adventure came courtesy of my long-time mate, Gustav Janse van Rensburg, the original #RocnRope Gecko here at the ‘Restaurant at [...]

Howick & Karkloof Region 2016

Howick

Nothing quite beats a day out in the KZN Midlands, especially if that day happens within the gorgeous #Karkloof Conservancy. Extensive #sappiforests patchwork this verdant corner of the Last Outpost, and everyone from dog lovers and birders, to off-road explorers, trail runners and mountain bikers have claimed the great outdoors here as part of their little piece of [...]

Howick MTB Trails 2016

Howic

Nothing quite beats a day out in the extensive #sappi forests blanketing the scenic #kzn #midlands. #Karkloof may well be the immaculately groomed ‘Fat-Track Fairy Princess’ of the Midlands #MTB World, but for many local mountain bikers, the real deal is the #Howick Trails network. This is the hard-core #DH sista, and on iconic sections like ‘The Face’, you’d be trail kill if you don’t bring your [...]

Karkloof Trails Shoot 2016

Karkloof

I’ve been raving about the #Karkloof MTB Trails – mostly within the extensive #SAPPI Plantations surrounding #Howick - ever since I first rode there 3 years ago. My most recent visit to this #singletrack paradise has re-affirmed my love affair with these gorgeous trails, and the good news is that there is a whole bunch of brand new routes to go and play [...]