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)
Gaelene will lead the notorious power walkers. Depending on the numbers we will have the usual medium and possibly a faster group.
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
Important: Please 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!
Please be aware of our runs under strict COVID protocols
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.
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