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: Heat, off-road and an extreme climb or two...
Location: Tierkop, George, South Africa
Joggers: Only me
Today I jogged the long planned Tierkop challenge. Basically, running from my parent’s house via the old George Dam to the Tierkop hut and back via the Garden Route dam. The run started on a beautiful single track which is part of the Outeniqua hiking trail. This was followed by a decent climb towards a contour path and a steep descend to the George Dam. The single track from the old dam up to Tierkop does not see a lot of traffic and the route is completely missing or washed away in certain areas. When I got to the hut I was disappointed that everything was locked and that I could not get water. I had about 500ml left in my hydra pack which would not be enough for the way back. Needless to say I struggle a bit in the 34 degree heat on the way back and luckily got to a river at about 20km into the jog! After a number of brownish gulps of water I completed a further gruelling 4km. Although this jog was fairly extreme given the heat, the scenery was truly spectacular and worth every drop of sweat!