The race was held in the Dullstroom area and the organisers really discovered some amazing sites (and sights) that they incorporated into their race route. I only went out in the area used for the second hike (of three) and it was absolutely stunning!
On Saturday Mark Human (ARer and in this case the race doctor) and I went out to look for teams, find some checkpoints and to stretch our legs. We didn't find many teams but we did get some nice photographs. On Sunday morning I whizzed through a section to collect a bunch of controls - teams had only cleared the area late Saturday afternoon.
I was SUPER impressed with their maps, especially the Ama Poort Poort Hiking Map that Sue worked up. I've written a piece about this on www.AR.co.za. The post looks at what I appreciate in race maps and how Sue really got it right (see pics with captions below too).
Here are a couple of other photos that I took on the route.
|Mark in one of the pretty little kloofs.|
|Alec Avierinos went out there as a solo, testing his Neverest system.|
|With Mark at one of the beautiful waterfalls.|
|Yay! Another checkpoint located.|
|I can't resist little yellow flowers!|
|Flying! Mark making like Jeb Corliss. Here we were on top of a big waterfall and the wind was howling on the edge - updrafts from the waterfall.|
|Flowers. Waterfall. Pretty.|
|It's incredible how many kloofs are in this area!|
|While control collecting on Sunday I found these hay bales. Beautiful scent. Reminds me of my childhood where I spent many a school holiday riding horses, hanging in stables and jumping off hay bales on a family friend's farm in Zimbabwe.|
|These two did really, really well. Two novices racing together. The didn't complete the last hike but nonetheless they can be really proud of their first race.|
|Pic from Mark. All colour coordinated with my custom pink O gaiters.|
|Pic from Mark. This is what the checkpoint markers look like.|
|A superb race map. Neat, pre-plotted checkpoints. Printed on waterproof paper. Customised so that only the map section needed was printed on the A3 page. Shading shows the area of the Ama Poort Poort Hiking Map.|