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Of Dog Stones and Plat Snoeks …

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This is the story of #PlatSnoek. According to our local man on the ground, Dudley Bruce Wessels, the only way to survive the 8 Degree Celsius waters of the #WestCoast is through liberal application of said ‘Plat SNoek’, aka one of those flat bottles of #OldBrownSherry. The correct methodology seems lost in the mists of time (or haze of #OBS), but [...]

No Worries in Naries

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One of my best ever #NorthernCape discoveries came on our recent Open Africa #NamaquaCoastalRoute trip … The destination in question is the Naries Namakwa Retreat – www.naries.co.za and one can find it secreted amidst the renosterbos rante on the Kleinzee road 15min west of Springbok. This delightful destination caters for an outdoor crowd keen to combine a unique fresh-air escape with a [...]

Scouting a new multi-day MTB stage race

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Exploring the vast #NorthernCape landscape along the #NamaquaCoastalRoute on a mission to scout and shoot a new multi-day #mountainbike stage race route for @open_africa with EcoBound Mountain Events. Beaut #trails on the @giantbicycles #Trance and in the @isuzueastrand #KBbakkie, and mindspace #trailruns in #NamaquaNP. En route to #nariesnext Click here to view the pics

Only in Okiep ….

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There’s a dorp that goes by the name of Okiep, situated just off the N7 as you hit the #Cape2Namibia Route a dozen kays or so beyond Springbok. But you would probably not know about this – or the fabulous Okiep Country Hotel - because you’re too busy voet-in-die-hoeking along the N7 highway. Well, it’s your loss, buddy, because [...]

Hanging at Khwattu San

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Quick #yzers blitz with all our #surf rats after a great post-#BeyondTheDesertEdge Opskop at the excellent Darling Brew Tasteroom. Huge Thank You to Dunlop Tyres SA, Darling Brew, Isuzu South Africa and all our other sponsors for driving this fundraising effort benefitting Wilderness Safaris #childreninthewildreness. As always a great talk by the ever-professional Peter Van Kets, and excellent to see the DripDrop guys there, too – great #ORS 

Holidays …

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Summer holidays are all about the #greatoutdoors, and anything goes from #snorkeling, #mountainbiking or #surfing, to #slacklining. I used this past month to #geartest four very different #waterproof #digitalimaging devices, pitting my @sonyxperiaza #xzpremium phone against the @tomtomsports #bandit, the @goproza #hero5 with @gdomeglobal #gdome and the new @sony #rx0#actioncam ”on steroids”. I have to admit the results were surprising, to say the least … see if you can spot which images are from which [...]

To Hell and Back Day 2 – Escape from Die Hel

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If you’ve been to HELL & BACK – that iconic and long-running 2-day MTB Stage Race presented by EcoBound Mountain Events – you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about … it’s no wonder all the old hands refer to it as #TheOriginal. This is all about gritty and old-skool cranking, with a unique and down-home [...]

Of Devils and Very Deep Kloofs – Hell & Back 2017

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If you’ve been to HELL & BACK – that iconic and long-running 2-day MTB Stage Race presented by EcoBound Mountain Events - you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about … it’s no wonder all the old hands refer to it as #TheOriginal. This is all about gritty and old-skool cranking, with a unique and down-home honesty, stemming [...]

Otter African Trail Run 2017

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There will be many an iconic moment at the Otter African Trail Run this year, but for most runners, the defining obstacle en route from the Storms River start line will be the Bloukrans river crossing. This in essence is what sets the  Grail of Trail  apart from any other trail run  in the world. A slip on the [...]

The Dunlop Tyres SA Beyond The Desert Edge Expedition – Throwback Part 1: Cruising from Cape Town to the Cunene

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This is one of those journeys that started quite some time ago. I’ve always been keen to get on board one of Peter Van Kets’ amazing adventures, but when we started chatting around an adventure collaboration earlier this year, I never expected that we’d launch the first in a series of Beyond Expeditions before the end of [...]