It's been hot this week and my thoughts turned to the dam for a swim. Silvermine or Table Mountain... With so many paths open to me I kept an eye on the mountain as I rode to work and while I sat in the office (yes I can see the Front Table out my window).
I started to think, start at UCT and head up Newlands Ravine, pop over the saddle and follow the contour path across the face of the mountain before dropping down to the Pipe Track which would take me to Kasteels, the Dams for a swim and down Skeleton into Kirstenbosch before heading back to UCT.
On paper it sounded amazing so I mailed a friend to join me, but while writing the mail I thought it might be a little long (4hours + of running) so I mentioned in the mail that maybe a trip up India Venster and then through The Valley of the Red Gods to the Dams... I was getting excited.
I was going to be alone... My friend was running a race: Run The Roodeberg so I looked it up and thought maybe I should run on a new mountain (To Boldly Go Where I Haven't Run Before...) After an e-mail or two to the organizes I found out I wasn't the only person thinking it would be a nice mountain to run on, in fact the race was full, so I wasn't getting in!
Never might I still had my mountain and I didn't have to race, so I could enjoy the route.
Starting at UCT I looked up:
|Early morning sun|
|A bit of flat on the Contour path|
The saddle is a little over grown in places and as I made my way across to the otherside I decided that my shortened route was still going to require just too many hours away from my lovely wife, so...
I did the next best thing, headed up the Devil! (leaving the other route for another day!)
It only 1km to the beacon at the top, so I hit the split button and started to climb... I wasn't moving like a champ, but more like a three-toed-sloth and it took me all of 16:53 to reach the top (another 314m climb) some 80min since I had left UCT. I wasn't the only person up there and I had to move away from the beacon to get some alone space:
|Should have been up an hour earlier to watch the sunrise!|
Not wanting to have to overtake them on the downhill I stopped at the lower beacon:
Then it was time to head down...
|Head to turn back for my phone!!!|
OK so lets see what Garmin said about this run:
Distance: 15.14km (not long for a long run!)
Time: 2h20:57 (that's not very fast!) I also spent another 65min taking pictures and sitting around!
Elevation Gain: 1540m
P.S. I ran a flat 15.5km on Sunday that only took an hour!