West Peak Trail Run
Location: Helderberg Nature Reserve, Somerset West, South Africa
I started just before sunrise and reached Disa gorge after 30 minutes. I then started up Porcupine Buttress and was slowed by the beautiful views (had to take lots of photos) and the mist, which made the rocky parts fairly slippery. I reached the saddle, which was covered in thick mist, one hour into the jog. From here on you jog a short section of single track and then hit an awesome climb over huge boulders to reach the top of West Peak. There were not mist at the top and an icy clean mountain breeze helped me to cool down while I basked in the sun (and the glory of conquering West Peak) for a few minutes... enjoying the view and eating my energy bar. I then jogged down the Western side of West Peak for the first time and was surprised by the nice, fairly easy descending, single track. When I reached the jeep track again I picked up the pace to ended the Saturday morning fun in just over two hours.
|The challenge... up & down West Peak (on the left)|