TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS: Saturday 16 October 2021 - Klassenkop Peak (and the enchanted tree...)

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Shaun Beckley

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Oct 11, 2021, 3:58:09 AM10/11/21
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Hi Trailers!

 

This week we are on the hunt for arguably the most ilusive and mysterouis of the 13 Peaks. Klassenkop. It is a peak that we have blissfully run past many times but one we will find by climbing through an enchanted tree (that's not a typo...it can only be reached THROUGH a tree). 


Route (see attached map)

We begin from Cecilia Forest parking. From the parking we start gently up the hill and take a long loopy left towards the Neck. We then sharp right to backtrack towards the SANPARKS houses, left up a single track onto the top road and down toward the knobbly jeep track and top of Kirstenbosch. We then take the split toward Rooikat and eventually start the climb up the sheer cliff face to the top of the mountain near the Overseer cottage. Once at the top we congratulate ourselves, take a pic or two and head onto the tar track and De Villiers Dam. The hunt for that tree begins to the left and upwards of the dam. After more high fives tagging Klassenkop (the12th Peak) we head back to the dam, go clockwise around the dam and exit back near the cottage. We begin our long fast downhill on the cement path toward the Neck. We will finally take a slightly hidden single track off the path down and towards the Cecelia parking. 


Rendezvous and start time **NOTE NEW START TIME**

We meet at Cecelia parking by 06h25 to start at 06h30 sharp. Please try and arrive early as the small parking area gets full quickly. 

 

Terrain and distance
Degraded jeep track, single track, tar, cement, scrambly climbing, fast downhills (It's all sorts this week)

The route is around 10 to 12km and probably less than 3 hours (but please don't sue me on this)

Groups
Gaelene will lead the notorious power walkers. Depending on the numbers we will have the usual medium and possibly a faster group.  


Dogs
Please note that  K-Way VOB club rules do not permit dogs on our runs.

 

What to bring
Water, whistle, warm/windproof top, rain jacket- weather dependent, space blanket, ICE ID - either on your phone, bracelet/tag, card in your backpack.

At this time of year, the weather can change fast. Please make sure that you are carrying the right equipment, enough food and water


ImportantPlease remember to look behind you at every turn in the route to make sure the people behind you see which way you are going.   
Leaders of each group will ensure that no-one is left behind. Please keep the groups together and ensure that no-one is left on their own. 

 

See you there!


Shaun Beckley

 0795175801 


Please be aware of our runs under strict COVID protocols 

 

  • No gathering in a big group at start or end of the run
  • All runners to carry a mask or buff
  • Practice social distancing
  • We will break into small groups as per regulations while we run
  • No personal sign in – ensure the leader ticks you in/out. Please carry emergency contact numbers in your bag or on your wrist/shoe
  • We will monitor the groups on a weekly basis for size
  • VOB reserves the right to stop TMT if the COVID infections increase again in the Western Cape
  • If you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms, please stay at home
  • If you are not comfortable with group running yet, you can use the maps to enjoy the routes in your own time

 

 

Warning:  Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running.  It may take place over uneven hazard strewn trails in exposed and often remote terrain where help is not always readily available.

Participation is voluntary and entirely at your own risk as although the organizers take reasonable precautions to ensure runner safety, it cannot be guaranteed.  To this end neither the Club nor the organisers personally can be held liable for any claims relating to inter alia, injuries, disabilities and death. Further any minor child participating in any trail running activity will be deemed to be doing so with the consent of his or her guardian.

By starting out on a trail run you explicitly acknowledge that: 
1] you understand the associated risks involved and accept full responsibility for your own safety. 
2] you are medically and physically fit to participate and 
3] are carrying the necessary water, clothing and safety equipment required for the particular run.

 

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Shaun Beckley

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Oct 15, 2021, 4:53:16 AM10/15/21
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Hi folks.

Our run tomorrow is ON.

Seems we will be lucky to have a gap between two bouts of drizzle during our run. However it will be initially chilly +-13 degrees from the wind chill. 

See you then!

Shaun
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