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Namaqua West Coast Day #3: Did I mention the Wine!?

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Throwback Thursdayish post, time-lining back to this time last week in the Namaqua West Coast, with #DieOom ducking and diving to avoid a mid-week hangover … Our final day on the #VisitNWC Media Recce started off at delightful #DoringBay, a dorp with more secrets than you could shake a proverbial stick at. Diamond boats drift on the tempestuous tides here, while [...]

Namaqua West Coast Day #2: Take Me to the Water

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Namaqualand is made for early morning missions. Die son gooi oranje en rooi van vroegdag af, en die lig vir fotografie skop gat terwyl daai #magichour hou. Ek en Peter Kirk is dus reeds vroeg voor sonop by Maskam Guest Farm na #gifberg toe op soek na nog foto’s wat die natuur prag van Namaqua West Coast kan vasvang. From the crevacces [...]

NAMAQUA WEST COAST DAY #1: The Magic of Maskam

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I’m back in Cape Town, but moer, I’m missing those headspace plains of the #Knersvlakte, not to mention the back roads and lekker dorpies of the amazing Namaqua West Coastregion. Die enigste probleem is dat daar te veel wyn en heeltemal te min tyd is, maar nou ja … sometimes you just have to roll with the [...]

Dodo Trail 2018

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Squirreling away on the #Xperia, so will keep this short. The first 3hrs of #DodoTrail ramped up to #LevelEpic, with bucketing rain, dense fog, swampy trails and roiling rivers. This testbed the whole field until the start of the ascent up #latourelle (that rugged, steep bugger of a volcanic outcrop known as ‘Little Tower’ lurking with intent as you wage #trail war en [...]

George MUT (Mountain Ultra Trail) : Dog Fight in George

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Yup, this past weekend saw a trail dog scrap of note going off along the Outeniqua Trail system, traversing those imposing peaks above the #GardenRoute city of George. It’s not often that an inaugural event draws nearly 300x runners, with quite a few of them flying in from all around the country, nogal. But that’s the George Mountain [...]

Fishermans Trail Challenge 2018

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Missioned up #MuizenbergPeak a couple of hours before dawn this morning to shoot the annual Old Fisherman’s Trail Challenge, which this year sort of morphed into the ‘Muiz Monster Ascent’. Runners had to gun into near-vertical mode straight from the start-line, with no respite until they summitted this craggy pile of rocks before dropping down onto the #Silvermine Trail System. The [...]

Expedition Africa 2018: Part V – Carnage in The Kobee

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It’s been a long week since the ‘Big Babbelaas’, after the Namaqua Wines Party, following on from the Big Sleep, and post #EA2018 … I must confess, it somehow feels way longer, and while looking through the images in this final #ExpeditionAfrica post, there’s a compelling urge time-lining me back to that breathtaking route the racers [...]

Expedition Africa 2018: Part IV – A Commune with Cedars

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Gut-thumpingly craggy, with jagged peaks and stone-chocked gulleys … Golden grasslands a-wave along the Jan Dissels River run-off … Gnarled and contorted mountain cedars, locked in life or death struggles upon high, serrated ridge lines … And heathers, proteas, lilaceas and restios in utter profusion … At first glance the #Cederberg ranges comes across as something out [...]

Expedition Africa 2018: Part III – Hasta La Vista, Knersvlakte

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It is during the early pre-dawn hours on #Day2 that Dudley and I time-line onto the sparse plains of the antediluvian Knersvlakte, or loosely translated, ‘The Plains of Gnashing Teeth’. It is here that the early colonising Trekboers came face to face with the full forces of nature on the Africa nontinent, and frankly, it is not much different [...]

Expedition Africa 2018: Part II – The Road to Ratelgat

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Or maybe I should rather say the ‘River to Ratelgat’ … The Kinetic Events Africa #EA2018 was always going to be a bit of an outdoor brawl, but nobody expected this gut-thumping blow to the guts so early on in this amazing race through the spectacular Namaqua West Coast region. Yup, the competitors knew that a 50km paddle lurked with intent [...]