Last night we did it!
|My running buddy, Rob.|
|My running buddy, Rob.|
As a sponsor I ask very little in terms of "bells and whistles"... who are these people who want frills....you are confused between wannabe road off-road runners and true trail runners.Here's the thing... just what makes a person a 'true' trail runner?
|A serious chest balance. I didn't look quite this elegant....|
We raise our little boys to view their bodies as tools to master their environments; we raise our little girls to view their bodies as projects to constantly be improved.
What if women started to view their bodies as tools to master their environment? As tools to get you from one place to the next? As these amazing vehicles for moving through the World in a new way?
Caroline Heldman, Chair of the Politics department at Occidental College
Sometimes it means, "there isn't enough money to pay for that." Certainly, among the undeserving poor, this happens all the time. And for things like health care and education, tragically, it happens too often.
But most of the time (in the commercialized, wealthier part of the world that many of us live in), the things that are within the realm of possibility could be paid for (even the edge cases could, if we found friends and neighbors and went deep into debt). One person might say a stereo or a sizable charitable donation or a golf club membership is "too expensive" while someone else with the same income might happily pay for it. "It's too expensive," almost never means, "there isn't enough money if I think it's worth it."
Social entrepreneurs are often chagrined to discover that low-income communities around the world that said their innovation was, "too expensive" figured out how to find the money to buy a cell phone instead. Even at the bottom of the pyramid, many people find a way to pay for the things they value.
The same is true for real estate, ad buys and productivity improvements in the b2b sector. If an investment is going to pay for itself, "it's too expensive," rarely means, "we can't afford it."
Often, it actually means, "it's not worth it." This is a totally different analysis, of course. Lots of things aren't worth it, at least to you, right now. I think it's safe to assume that when you hear a potential customer say, "it's too expensive," what you're really hearing is something quite specific. A $400 bottle of water is too expensive to just about everyone, even to people with more than $500 in the bank. They have the cash, but they sure don't want to spend it, not on something they think is worth less than it costs.
Not everyone will value your offering the same, so if you wait for no one to say, "it's too expensive" before you go to market, you will never go to market. The challenge isn't in pleasing everyone, it's in finding the few who see the value (and thus the bargain) in what's on offer.
Culturally, we create boundaries for what something is worth. A pomegranate juice on the streets of Istanbul costs a dollar, and it's delicious. The same juice in New York would be seen as a bargain for five times as much money. Clearly, we're not discussing the ability to pay nor are we considering the absolute value of a glass of juice. No, it's about our expectation of what people like us pay for something like that.
Start with a tribe or community that in fact does value what you do. And then do an ever better job of explaining and storytelling, increasing the perceived value instead of lowering the price. (Even better, actually increase the value delivered). When you don't need everyone to buy what you sell, "it's too expensive" from some is actually a useful reminder that you've priced this appropriately for the rest of your audience.
Over time, as influencers within a tribe embrace the higher value (and higher price) then the culture starts to change. When people like us start to pay more for something like that, it becomes natural (and even urgent) for us to pay for it too.
|Sat, 22 March||O EVENT||Houghton Golf Estate|
|Sat, 29 March||Session 1||Session 2||Delta Park|
|Sat, 5 April||Session 2||Session 3||Delta Park|
|Sun, 6 April||O EVENT||Nirox Sculpture Park|
|Sat, 12 April||Session 3||Session 4||Delta Park|
|Sat, 26 April||Session 4
Session 5 (ALL)
|Sat, 3 May||
|Sun, 4 May||O EVENT||TBC (probably TUKS)|
|Wed, 7 May||Session 7||Rivonia|
|Sat, 10 May||
Thanks so much for yesterday! :) learnt a lot and its amazing what a difference the simpler things that you can do can make (things I didn't know before).An email from Kim:
I have dabbled a little in orienteering, but you have made a whole lot of stuff a lot clearer for me. I especially enjoyed the compass work (after I figured out how to use a compass, thanks for this!) & I enjoyed the tasks you made us do, the 'purple circle' tasks were very beneficial too. Another task I REALLY enjoyed was when we had to memorise the maps & go off in search of our cones. This was so much fun & showed us just how much we 'assume' along the way. Funny how I 'knew exactly' where the next cone was only to be totally surprised when I got there! You explained everything very well & were super patient with all of us. The Kloofendal orienteering was the toughest for me, but I managed to find all the checkpoints on my own, except the last one where myself & Mike teamed up but still could not find it! I probably found the compass work to be the most beneficial to me, purely because this was something I have never attempted before.And feedback from Trudey:
I have been on another training course in the past and I must be honest did not feel I learnt much – was not really ‘user friendly’ - if I can call it that. I honestly learnt a lot on your course – what truly worked for me was the following: · Keeping your finger on your position at all times when travelling · PURPLE CIRCLES RULE!! Thanks for that. · Contour lines ie: saddle vs gully etc – now I can identify them · Advantage of going to the highest point to getter a ‘clearer picture’ · The whole compass thing – total understanding & wow, what a difference I really enjoyed every week of training with you – you not only made it informative but fun too.From Matthew:
Just a quick note to say that I thought your course was superb. You are a born teacher. I didn’t get to chat to you on Saturday because I had to leave quite quickly. But I actually found the activity rather difficult – I think my biggest problem was I had no idea how to use the compass (that's what happens when you miss sessions!). All in all I can see the key is experience!A note from Wim:
Thank you for a most enjoyable course. After five weeks I feel that I really have learnt a lot but still need a lot of practice to become anywhere near competent. When I started, I didn’t know how much I didn’t know and I thought I knew a lot, as I had done a bit of mapping and compass reading in my boy-scout days (about 53-years ago). As far as I’m concerned, I enjoyed every week and every activity because you have such a lovely way of sharing your enthusiasm of the sport. I really messed up where we had to memorise the map and go to the next control. It seemed so simple and so didn’t take any notice of any landmarks or surroundings. I thought I would be able to run straight to the point. Lesson learnt. I don’t think there is any other course available that can teach so much and be so enjoyable.
An entertaining and fascinating account of the authors’ formidable mountaineering and climbing accomplishments. In 2011 the pair completed the “Grand Slam”, which is summiting the world’s seven highest peaks as well as journeying to the North and South Poles. The book chronicles their achievements in an amusing and modest manner, while still sharing the drama of the various expeditions.
Poles Apart is highly informative about some of the real nitty gritty encounters and behind-the-scenes information about what exactly it takes to summit some of the world’s highest mountains, delving into the vast and varied challenges of mountaineering and very personal experiences of how the two authors overcame them, finding an inner strength that is just as vital as an outer, physical strength. Although this book delves into the challenges but it does so with a good dose of humour, as both Sean and Vaughan bounce their experiences off each other and reminisce in sometimes hilarious ways with the kind of detail and stories that armchair adventurers (as well as genuine mountaineers) will enjoy.
‘This book is not just about mountaineering. There is the required physical fitness, the mental strength, the tortuous planning, the extreme patience (waiting in a tent in sub zero temperatures, day after day, for a window in the weather) the science, the careful choice of equipment, friendships formed, the need for tolerant wives and families, the soul searching … and, of course, the need for a good sense of humour.’ – James Clarke
VAUGHAN DE LA HARPE is the Managing Director of a company based in Johannesburg that specialises in the administration of insurance-related products. He is the first South African, along with Sean Disney, to have completed the Explorers Grand Slam.
SEAN DISNEY is the Managing Director of Adventure Dynamics International. He lives with his family in Johannesburg. He has climbed Everest from both sides and is a two times 7 summits climber. Sean is a qualified paragliding pilot, private pilot, open water diver, and cyclist.
Drakensberg Grand Traverse is an unmarked mountain route of approximately 220 kilometres. It runs from the North to the South of the Drakensberg mountains. The route starts from the Sentinal car park and ends at the Bushman’s Nek border post. Various checkpoints/summits have to be visited along the way. These include The Chain Ladders, Mont-aux-Sources summit (3282m), Cleft Peak summit (3277m), Champagne Castle summit (3377m), Mafadi summit (3451m), Giant’s Castle summit (3314m) and Thabana Ntlenyana summit (3482m). Thomathu Pass must be used to descend to Bushman’s Nek.
Rules governing record attempts state that the attempt must be entirely self-supported (i.e. no seconds, food caches or resupplies) and entirely on foot. GPS is allowed.
At the inaugural FEAT event in October 2010 Cobus van Zyl took to the FEAT stage to talk about setting a new record, with Ryno Griesel, of 60 hours, 29 minutes, 30 seconds (men's pair; April 2010). [The solo record still stands at 61hours, 24minutes, 11seconds - it was set in December 2008 by Andrew Porter.]
In his talk, Cobus said that in the right conditions and with athletes in optimal condition taking the perfect routes, that a 40-hour time was possible.
Cobus and Ryno are both adventure racing friends and over the period of 23-27 March 2014 they'll be out there. This time Ryno pairs up with trail runner Ryan Sandes for the attempt. Cobus, together with Ryno's brother Stephan and friend Gert Forster, will handle safety and logistics down below for the pair.
This is going to be one helluva exciting attempt to follow and with Red Bull sponsorship and support it will have all the necessary bells and whistles to track the pair as they work their way across the Drakensberg day and night.
When they actually start will depend on the weather conditions at this time.
You can find all the tracking and info here, on these sites and platforms.
For live tracking and updates visit www.redbull.co.za/draktraverse and also Twitter - @RedBullZA, @RyanSandes and @Ryno_Griesel. Alternatively, track the hashtag #DrakTraverse across all social channels.
|The start - from outside Lakenvlei Forest Lodge.|
|Runners at the start heading out from Lakenvlei. 7am.|
|There are horses at Lakenvlei that roam around when they're not taking people for rides.|
|There are a few places on the route with these beautiful forested 'avenues'. They're my favourite sections and seem to have been loved by the runners.|
|Photographer fairy - Maggi|
|Colourful flag bunting at Waterpoint #2 - the halfway feed station.|
|What a spread! Treats at the 24km Waterpoint #2. Eggie mayo sandwiches won hands-down again.|
|This is a lovely section with forest on the runners' right and Bass Dam on their left.|
|My plastic duck - keeping watch.|
|The only place on the course where you get your feet wet - at around 25km. It's a low-level bridge.|
|Fabulous helper Staci walking back with the chair and umbrella from the route split section. Staci assisted with catering and manned Waterpoint #2 and she swept the last few kilometres of the 35km course with Sue.|
|Colourful ball decorations hanging in the trees at Waterpoint #3 (only on 62km course)|
|Windmills for decorations at Waterpoint #4 (only 62km course)|
|Windmills on the approach to Waterpoint #3 (only 62km course)|
|No medals or dust-collecting trophies at Forest Run. Plants instead. This year, a sun-or-shade forest grass. It gets pretty little white flowers.|
|Michael and Sarah at Waterpoint #1. They were also at Waterpoint #4 and they swept the route from #4 to the end. I'm very fortunate to have a wonderful team of on-the-day helpers.|
|With Sue (sweeper on the route from start to end of 35km route) and Liz, my mom (catering and waterpoint #2)|
|Dress-up is another fun part of Forest Run. I'm the green Forest Fairy; Zelda is the pink fairy ;)|
|At Waterpoint #2 - Johann (Zelda's husband) and Zelda. Staci is watching their antics.|
|Photographer Marcel (blue wig) with Sarah B. and Duncan at Waterpoint #3.|
|A section named by Marcel and Maggi as 'The Enchanted Forest' - they're so right. One of the runners, Hein Koch from Middelburg, said that he'd email me with some names for the hills on the route... I think Marcel and Maggi have got a jump on the naming process with this one.|
|Wild, colourful dahlias, little yellow flowers... this place is beautiful.|