Once upon a time, before trail running, before Parkour, we hiked up various mountains in South Africa and ran down like crazy people… we called it Extreme Jogging. This blog is a tribute to the good old days, friends & family, my Creator and everybody that love running in nature!
My runs will not all be extreme, but I will attempt to always have fun, avoid tar and take many photographs. The runs are logged using Endomondo and graded in accordance with the Wildrunner Trail Grading system.
Extremeness: Fairly easy with a very extreme squeeze if you're claustrophobic
Location: Keiskie & Kliprug farm, Calvinia, South Africa
Joggers: Christiaan van Niekerk & me
During this run Christiaan and I went out to have some fun. Since this was our last run on the farm we decided to take it easy and take in all the beautiful scenery (and we were still hurting given the strenuous previous runs). We followed the Arendskop trail route from Keiskie to Kliprug and after 4km of jeep track we went off-road heading straight towards Arendskop. This part of the trail is basically impossible to jog and we struggled up a hill of loose limestone. To get unto the plateau we took the most exciting way up: Jaco-se-gat (see photo's 3-5). After some daring photo's at the top we negotiated some more off-road until we hit the Keiskieberg trail route heading back to the Keiskie farm house.
Interesting: Jaco-se-gat aka Jaco's hole (or directly from Afrikaans: Jaco's ass) is a very narrow kloof with a small opening at the top which I discovered about 3 years ago while hiking. Since then it has been a big source of entertainment for us and every now and then we take scared friends and family through the tiny hole.