Fire & Ice

“We have become alienated from nature. But the cold is capable of bringing us back to what we once had lost. If you can learn how to use your mind, anything is possible” …

                                                                           ~ Wim Hoff

We do cold-water immersions most mornings, even in winter when it’s dark and the pool water has dipped well into single-figures. It’s not often that we get to go for a #subzero #trailrun, though, so what a jol it was to head out into the #hogsback forests on a dawn run with big, fat snow flakes sifting down amidst the stark pine plantations racking up towards #TheHogs‘.

This makes for a rather fresh #coldexposure experience, so kudos to Glen Velleman for pitching up in his ‘short-pant’, in typical Ooskaap fashion. There are few things as rewarding as running within the all-encompassing embrace of the #wilds of the Eastern Cape Tourism Province’s #Amatole region, surrounded by the tranquility of a snow-blanketed landscape, all while following your dragon breath along a densely wooded singletrack trail (and doing it with your family is even better)!

Even the birds were quiet as we ascended the rickety, wooden staircase up to #Kettlespout Falls, where a dreamlike winter wonderland awaited. The galeforce winds funneling up the cliff-side had morphed the trees into ice sculptures, with glittering icicles covering leaves and branches, all dusted in wedding-cake white icing sugar. “BEST RUN EVER”!, hollered Robster as we headed back down the trail, which made the whole experience even sweeter ❄️🤘

Thanks for getting us there Isuzu South Africa and IHFProducts – Polar in SA, and for keeping us warm and fuelled, Core Merino and Bean There Coffee Company 🙏🔥  Dunlop Tyres SA Escape Gear SPOT Africa Outdoor Warehouse

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