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!
Extremeness: Technical slippery single tracks, water crossings and off-road
Location: Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Joggers: Corrie Erasmus, Deryck Nel & me
This run was the full package... everything you want from an extreme jog: jeep tracks, very easy & technical single tracks, awesome view, water crossings, rock gardens and off-road. We started the jog with what we call the "peaceful" single track and connected with the jeep track moving up and further into Jonkershoek. We went up and up and then spotted a single track that we have never jogged before. Deryck found the "stairs" that took us onto this less-jogged trail. The single track is very flat and even though it runs dangerously close to the edge of the mountain every now and then, we could pick up the pace. It follows the contour for about 3km and then connects to a contour jeep track. We were one "level" above the start of the Canary MTB track so we did a short off-road scrambled through a pine forest and then finished our jog in the best possible way - all three sections of the Canary trail!
Spooky-looking Pieke mountains
The start of the newly discovered single track - Corrie looking skeptical