14 Crappy (but practical) Christmas Gifts for Hikers and Mountain Bikers

If money’s tighter than a hairpin bend, but for some inexplicable reason you feel a sense of obligation to give your hiker/mountain biker buddies something for Christmas, consider the following items:

1. A Box of Ziplocs – Pretty much everyone takes Ziplocs backpacking. But let’s be honest, nothing says, “I don’t give a damn about you” like plastic bags for Christmas.

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2. Socks – For less than R 50 you will have to go synthetic or even cotton. No Merino Wool or any of those other fancy blends. If possible try to make your choice seasonally appropriate. You know the ones with littlChristmasas trees and snowmen on them……..maybe some reindeer as well.

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3. Bandana – You can often find these multi-purpose gems at the bottom of outdoor store bargain bins. Potential uses include: towel, water filter, neck protection, pot cleaner, tent drier, hanky, useful to wear on your face during rain storms, handy if you are low on funds and decide to rob a convenience store.

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4. A Six Pack of Ramen – A culinary staple for backpackers. If you really want to make an effort, select singles with a variety of flavours. Remember, it’s the thought that counts.

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5. Toilet Paper – If they aren’t too picky in regards to softness/quality, R 5 worth of “white gold” can potentially last the giftee most of a multi-month thru hike…………at least when supplemented with the stuff they won’t pinch from hotels, restaurants,  and classier public restrooms.

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6. Soap – Not only is it cheap, but it’s a none-too-subtle way of saying, “mate, you really need to work on your hygiene next year.”

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7. Crazy/Super Glue – Useful for sleeping mat repairs, small holes in tents and at a pinch, even cuts and blisters.

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8. Plastic Disposable Kitchen Gloves – You can purchase 100 count packs (or more) of these. They can be used as part of a layering system for your hands when hiking in extreme cold and wet conditions.

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9. Baking Soda – Another excellent multi-purpose item that more hikers should know about. Potential uses include: toothpaste, deodorant substitute, cleaning pots & drink bottles, helps to remove foot odour from shoes, antacid for tummy rumblings, and; assists in relieving itching associated with insect bites, bee stings and poison ivy/oak.

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10. 3M Micropore Tape – Breathable paper medical tape. Adheres well. I’ve used it for years instead of band-aids and other adhesive strips.

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11. Hand Sanitizer – I haven’t had a case of the trots in the backcountry (so to speak) since 1999. I suspect that diligent use of hand sanitizer is part of the reason. I always keep a small bottle handy in one of the shoulder strap pockets on my backpack.

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12. Groundsheet – This might actually cost you nothing if you can find a piece in a construction site dumpster. Customize the size for the giftee. It’s the little things that count.

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13. Mini Dropper Bottles (2 Pack) – Another long time favourite. I repackage my hand sanitizer and Aquamira in these tiny bottles for all of my backcountry trips.

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14. Ibuprofen – Vitamin “I”. A hurting hiker’s best friend. Can be found in many (if not most) hikers First-Aid kits. Forget about the name brands such as Advil and go generic. For R 50 you can usually pick up a 20 count bottle.

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Sourced & Adapted from:  www.thehikinglife.com

Merrell Adventure Addicts – Adventure Racing World Championships in Shoalhaven, Australia (8-18 November)

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today, it’s already tomorrow in Australia.”

Adventure Racing is always touted as the toughest endurance sport, where teams pit themselves against everything that is uncomfortable and raw. So when booking pre-race accommodation for next month’s World Championship expedition race in Aussieland, it is amusing to read that Mollymook is a ‘beachside paradise’ in Shoalhaven, where one can “go for a swim at our new leisure centre, visit one of the licensed clubs or catch a movie at the modern twin cinema.” The more adventurous are invited to Funland for a “memorable indoor fun park experience.”

No doubt the event organisers and ARWC owners, Geocentric Outdoors, have the real deal in mind for the unprecedented 99 teams making up the largest field ever for this epic non-stop multi-disciplined navigational challenge covering 600km of the wild interior.

South Africa’s well known Merrell team, #5 in the world rankings and stalwarts of the worldwide adventure racing scene, are super charged for this race after a relatively quiet year. For the first time since 2011 there will be two teams representing our country, with the Sanlam Painted Wolf quartet also aiming high. There’s a small community of sportspeople capable of excelling at this sport and amongst these eight impressive athletes almost all have raced together in the same team at some stage.

Adventure racing athletes take part in the Expedition Africa 2011 adventure race in the southern Cape region, near Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa, RSA

Adventure racing athletes take part in the Expedition Africa 2011 adventure race in the southern Cape region, near Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa, RSA

Merrell are going with their original A team, bringing Graham ‘Tweet’ Bird, Donovan ‘Tiny’ Sims, Hanno ‘Smelly’ Smit and the irrepressible Tatum ‘Hobbit’ Prins back together again for an all out assault on the Australian terrain.  Grant ‘Freddo’ Ross, who helped the team climb on to three podiums in the last year, is on the bench for this one but no less a part of the team. It’s clear this team are 100% at ease with each other and their intimacy is obvious and enviable.

“We’ve had, by necessary circumstances, so many combinations in the team over the years. It’s not what you do – every team has the same objective – but how and why you do it. The four of us simply get what it’s all about for each other and so operate together not just as four strong individuals aiming at the same target, but as one organism. This is rare and very special to be a part of.”

Preparing for this World Champs, Tweet reflects on the experience he has gained from (what he can remember as) 22 expedition races in 13 years. “It’s just our normal lifestyle revved up a bit. As much as the international competition is great and gives us the opportunity to travel to new places, the real reward is experienced in training, when we get out and explore so much of our own country, without all the hype. We’ve all matured within this sport.”

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Don, back to full strength after winning the ultimate fight of his life agrees. “This race is certainly going to be different I think because we are all pretty much content with where we are in the AR scene – we have nothing to prove to anyone. We can go out there and have some fun doing something we love so much. I always try squeeze the juice out of everything I do – life is quick!

Make no doubt, the focus is still on a podium position – “Hobbit was fierce before. Now she’s a mom there’s no chance of disobeying her!” – the team just plan to be smiling inside all the way there.

The team arrive in Shoalhaven next Sunday, perhaps giving them some time to visit that leisure centre before starting the race of their lives on 10th November.

As usual, Merrell is behind them all the way, with Black Diamond, PVM Nutrition, Ocean Eyewear, Squirt Lube, Island Tribe, ButtaNutt and Llama Bar giving their continued support for this awesome team.

Team Facebook: Merrell Adventure Addicts

Team Website: Merrell Adventure Addicts

Race website: www.arworldseries.com

Graham Bird

Mountain Runner Events

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LUSAN Night Run Series #3

The LUSAN Night Run Series is a fun & challenging sequence of trail runs hosted on three beautiful wine farms in the Stellenbosch area, taking place this summer. There will be wine tastings, good food and live music, so bring the whole family and come enjoy the beautiful summer nights with us.

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Date: 9 December 2015 (Wednesday evening)
Venue: Neethlingshof (Polkadraai road, Stellenbosch)

Distances & entry fees:
10km: R90 [email protected]:00
5km: R70   [email protected]:15
Late entries: +R30

R50 for a timing chip if you have not already purchased one from Amoija Events / Warrior / Impi (not compulsory).

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* Registration and late entries for the Night run from 17:30 at the venue.

* Headlamp Compulsory

This is the last Night run in the series and is hosted on the beautiful Neethlingshof Estate, so make sure not to miss this event!

More information: amoija.weebly.com/

Extreme Lights : XPh3A Headlight – Review by TheJ on bikehub.

Cruising bikehub to see what’s the latest news in the Cycling world, we found this outstanding review on our XPh3A Headlamp by TheJ.

I guess I have a problem. I like big lights and I cannot lie. For no particular reason other than to feed a habit I tend to buy bike and head lights. Today I’m talking about head lights though.

This one:

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The ultimate headlight for night riding or running.

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Bought my first one in 2004 for Trans Baviaans. It was a Petzl Tikka Plus (No.1), pretty decent for those days. It uses 4 what I believe are called 5mm LED’s, along with 3x AAA batteries. These days I call them keyring LEDs. They are essentially useless for seeing where you want to go compared to what we’ve become used to the last few years.

No.2 on the list is a Chinese cheapie that I ordered in. It works decently. That is when it decides to work and the batteries all make contact. It uses 3 AA batteries which are mounted in a battery box behind your head. The head can be angled like pretty much all head lights, but a half decent bump will make it loose its angle easily. Not really a good choice for off-road running or riding.

No.3 served me a good few years. This was when we started seeing “proper” LED’s on the market like what Cree produces. This is a Fenix HP10. It was launched in 2009 and is still a brilliant light. It uses 4x AA batteries mounted in a battery box behind your head. It has a bright spot and a decent flood. The setting you would use would be the 120 Lumen setting @ 7.5 hours. Enough to see you through the night. The problem with this light is the battery box. With the head unit cable-tied to the front of your helmet, you had to put the battery box in a separate little pouch and cable tie that to the rear of your helmet to make the weight balance out just right. AA rechargeable batteries weigh around 31g a piece. 4 of those are 124g… and if you have that on your head you DO feel it. What I always did was use AA -> AAA battery adapters so that I could rather use AAA batteries in it. They weigh less than half of what AA’s weight and on your head it is noticeable. Sure, runtimes are halved as well but it was enough as insurance to get your to Bergplaas in the event of having bad legs and not getting to your big lights at Bergplaas in daylight still. At that CP, I would swop out the batteries for proper AA’s to see you to the finish.

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No.4 was a recent purchase. Also a Chinese light and pretty decent. Very similar to the Fenix, with the only real difference being that it doesn’t throw a bright spot with a spill on the sides, it just throws light and you can focus it as you please. Batteries, same as the Fenix, 4x AA’s behind your head.

Then last week I bought a pair of Extreme Lights XPh3A headlights (wife also rides so I have 2x of each headlight). Out of the box I was sceptical to be honest, they are small, in the same league as my old Petzl – and also uses 3x AAA batteries.

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The XPh3A is shipped with Duracell batteries which themselves aren’t cheap. Good start. I believe Duracells to have better internal chemistry with less resistance than for instance Eveready batteries, which makes them better overall in powering electronics.

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Accessing the battery compartment is super easy. Just crack it open and you have plenty space to work with.

The strap is lengthy which is a bonus if you have to run it around the circumference of a helmet. Some of my other lights squashes my head if I wear them without a helmet.

The light itself claims to produce over 160 lumens and can do that for 30 hours. That is amazing, honestly. These 3x AAA batteries could see you through two Baviaans rides, back to back. And, with more light than what my Fenix provides.

The light has a very bright hot spot with enough spill to make it possible to see track on both sides. My first opinion when I tested the light the first time was that you probably could do the entire Baviaans, just with this head light if that is all you had. As mentioned, all lights can be angled. This ons as well, and it will stay in place.

My advice for anyone doing Baviaans in two weeks, put your orders in quickly… This is really a nice piece of kit. Weight wise it is very light, and produces a generous amount of light. When night riding you DO need a helmet light, no excuses. Trail side repairs are much easier when you can see what you are doing. Also, when going around corners we tend to look where we are going – and your bike light won’t help much. As a weight-weenie this light ticks all the boxes for me.

I’m impressed.

Source: www.bikehub.co.za

Buy the XPh3A here.

Moonchaser Night Run @BloemendalWineEstate in collaboration with @WildTrailZA

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WildTrailZA did yet another fantastic job at organizing the Key Health Moonchaser 3 trail run,  held at Bloemendal Wine estate on the 29 Sep. It was a wet and cloudy night but this did not hinder the runners. With Danny Griebenow setting a blistering pace and completing the 5km run in under 24:25. The slippery conditions did not hinder Nelius either, which was short on his heels and winning the 10 km with an impressive time of 35:03.  But the real victory goes to Tannie Annatjie Berntzen who completed the 5 km 1h33 for holding on and pushing through.
The cold weather did not dampen the energetic vibe that filled Bloemendal Wine estate. We are looking forward for the next Key Health Moonchaser 4 night run held 21 October at The Big Red Barn, Olifantsfontein in Gauteng.
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GORETEX TRANSALPINE 2015

Landie and Christiaans view on the Goretex Transalpine 2015.

“Eight days, four countries, two runners, one dream!”

269 km, 16000 m Ascent

Mentally and physically drained, struggling to breathe and unable to focus on the digits of my Suunto Ambit, tapping the absolute last bit of energy, we soon hear the very familiar sound of the noon church bells and the supporters with their cow bells we have become so acquainted with upon entering a village, the cheerful voice of the ever enthusiastic commentator. At last, we have reached the final kilometer of the 2015 Goretex Transalpine run. Controlling our emotions becomes virtually impossible as we make our way into the finish hall in the village of Sulden, with hundreds of supporters roaring us on towards the finish line. Every feeling experienced in the last 192 hours, is relived in this final moment.

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Day 1 – Landie’s view

Oberstdorf (Germany) to Lech (Austria) 34,8 km & 2033 m Ascent

Our fairy-tale race did not quite start as I imagined. I woke up with severe abdominal pain and most certainly not the “butterfly” kind… Butterflies would have been quite normal, considering that this was after all the biggest challenge of my running career. But I just had this “gut” (no pun intended) feeling that it was more than nerves. Nevertheless, we lined up at the start at Oberstdorf Haus with 700 other enthusiastic and blissfully ignorant runners, including 4 other South African teams. I thought the cramps would ease up with a little warm-up jog, but to no avail. The pain was so intense that I found myself frantically asking for cramp relief tablets at the medical tent 10 minutes before the start. Now my only hope was that the aches would magically disappear once the gun goes…

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We were set off at 10am sharp and pushed hard in the first 3 kilometers with the lead bunch. Unfortunately, the cramps just seemed to become more intense the further we ran, and I have to admit, I did panic a little inside. We were forced to adjust our game-plan for stage 1 and it was heart-breaking to see 5 mixed teams pass us in the next 5 kilometers. The rest of the stage was merely a fight for survival. But the really gloomy part was that I was unable to enjoy doing what I love so much, unable to enjoy the picturesque alpine scenery and every kilometer turned into a combat of cramps. Fortunately our technical skills came to the rescue in the latter part of the stage and even with my handicap, we managed to pass many of the mixed teams again on the long downhill single track and miraculously finished the stage as the 2nd mixed team, 8 minutes behind the leaders, team Tuga Wear from Spain.

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Day 2 – Christiaan’s view

Lech (Austria) to St Anton (Austria) 24,7 km & 1889 m Ascent

Our splendidly comfortable lodging 500 m from the start of the stage in the charming little ski town of Lech set the scene for quite a relaxed morning. Instead, we were rather concerned with Landie’s unchanged health condition and the major climb straight into stage 2! To bring this stage into perspective: We had to climb mountains with just over 1800 m ascent, all in the first 17 km, making this the hardest 25 km we have done to date, with an average incline of approximately 11%. We both used hiking poles during this stage to ease the effort on our legs and once we got the hang of it (there is quite a technique to using them effectively), I especially found the European way of climbing very efficient.

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We were the first mixed team to reach the foot of the climb after the first couple of road kilometers. But soon, our handicap became reality again as we saw all the top mixed teams pass us as we struggled our way to the top, pushing Landie wherever I can. This was one of the moments in the Transalpine run where I truly doubted in our ability to podium in this event. We eventually did finish 4th in the stage, but I will never forget Landie’s words afterwards: “I think this was my last stage; I have given everything I had…!”Our dreams and goals suddenly seemed so far away!

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Day 3 – Landie’s view

St Anton (Austria) to Landeck (Austria) 39,9 km & 2868m Ascent

It was day 3 and after a night of pain, the cramps were still very much with me… I simply could not see myself running with this kind of agony for another stage. Especially these brutal Alpine kind, where, if healthy, is already one beast of a challenge. I mean, 2700 m ascent over 40 km is no easy task in itself. Now add a throbbing stomach and a European heatwave of 33 degrees C to the mix and this beast turns into an even more unpleasant monster!

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But, I had a few, actually many, positives going for me; I had the best and strongest team partner who helped me up and over wherever he could; the Lord miraculously empowered my legs to keep going over every rock, kilometer for kilometer; however, most importantly, I still had hope and deep down, I already made the decision that giving up is just not an option. After what felt like days, we fought our way to 2nd place on the podium again, having to out sprint another mixed team in the final two kilometers. Once more, my body felt like it completed it’s last leg, yet the mind were still very much alive and kicking!

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Day 4 – Christiaan’s view

Landeck (Austria) to Samnaum (Switserland) 46,7 km & 2881 m Ascent

The thought of the longest stage lying ahead of us was quite daunting. But as we came to realize, with our 2015 Transalpine experience, surviving one stage was the only way to go about it. We would study the stage profile in detail the night before to plan our nutrition and strategy. So needless to say, it was somewhat of a shock to discover that not only will the total ascent of the day amount to 2861 m, but the first climb alone will have an ascent of 1600 m, the biggest non-stop climb I have ever been exposed to…

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I could sense that Landie was back in the game, as she started off really strong on the gradual jeep-track climbs and we were blowing in the necks of the front teams. My strength showed whenever hiking poles could be used and we functioned very well as a team to reach the summit at the first aid station of the day. The yellow jersey’s were still visible in the distance on the alpine ascent, about 3 minutes ahead. We were both hungry to contest and we were ready to make a race of it!

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But for some reason, this was still not our day, as I learnt that at an altitude of 1800 m, I have trouble to breath and eat and I simply struggled to run. It was Landie’s turn to help me and along with the current heatwave in Europe we did the best we could under the circumstances. With Landie’s encouragement as only she can, we managed to secure 2nd place, less than 6 minutes behind the leaders. This stage finished in Samnaun, a lovely little duty free ski-resort village in Switzerland. The best was that the fact that we were stationed here for two nights, received some royal treatment from South African supporters. However, it also meant that I was exposed to an altitude of 1840 m and above for more than 48 hours… After every stage, in the evening, a glamorous prize ceremony took place and this specific one was on top of the mountain, with all athletes being transported with the Gondola to the restaurant at the top for a feast of a Pasta Party.

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Day 5 – Landie’s view

Samnaun Vertical Sprint – 6,2 km & 731 m Ascent

Finally feeling like a million bucks, come rain or shine, I was going to have some great fun on my first vertical kilometer (well almost – 730 m ascent in 6 kilometers). And would you believe it, we had our first rainy stage. The stage format was structured so that teams of 2 would be set off every 30 seconds from 10 am onward. Our scheduled 11h33 start meant a very chilled morning and I thoroughly soaked up the “normal” feeling. Once the gun went, I knew I was back to my old self, and just wanted to run like a horse out of the box. However, with more than 120 km of running and big climbs waiting for us in the next 3 days, we took the advice of one of the ladies from the leading women’s team, Helen Bonzor, who also competed in the 2013 Transalpine.

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She mentioned that there is no point in burning yourself to the maximum, just to gain a minute or two, and in the process compromising the next 3 stages. We still pushed relatively hard and that 2nd spot on the podium was once again ours. This short vertical stage in the rain was rather scenic with waterfalls and cow cheerleaders, and it was fun attempting to pass as many teams as we could on our way to the top!

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Day 6 – Christiaan’s view

37 km Samnaun (Switzerland ) to Scoul (Switzerland) & 2084 m ascent

As became custom for the Transalps, the start involved a big Alpine ascent, with another big climb waiting for us after the second aid station. But what was different from the first couple of stages, was that all of this started at 1800 m, which became quite a challenge for a sea-level organism like myself. Right from the beginning I had difficulty with my breathing and could not consume any solid food, nor could I speak normally any more.

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This was a very unusual feeling and the only way to communicate with Landie was via hand signals. She helped where she could, carrying my pack, motivating, but the message between my brain and my legs was corrupted by my lungs, who seemed to be rather unhappy with the lack of oxygen. To my relief, the village of Schoul where we finished was at a much lower altitude and we had the best ever hotel to relax and recover until the next stage.

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Stage 7 – Landie’s view

Scoul (Switzerland) to St. Valentine (Italy) 37,8 km & 1633 m Ascent

What a blessing to once again wake up with excitement in my heart and wonderfully strong legs! It was stage 7, but it was not just another stage. After 6 days, we were about 70 minutes behind the yellow jerseys. We made peace with the fact that unless they experience a serious setback, we will most probably not claim the overall win. However, we were looking for a stage win at least! As a result, we needed to play a different game. After carefully studying the route profile, we noticed that the first 7 km was pretty much downhill on jeep-track and we could use our running strength to gain an initial advantage. I told Christiaan: “Run as hard as you can, forget about the yellow jerseys and the other teams and make a gap!” I thought that, even if they caught us on the 1200 m climb after that, at least it will mean they would have to exert themselves, or so I hoped…

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Regrettably, Christiaan still suffered on any form of uphill and I pushed and pulled as much as I could. But as the husband and wife duo of Team Tuga Wear seemed to float past us at the 10 km mark, I felt like losing all faith. I pushed those thoughts aside and was desperate to keep fighting. With Christiaan attached to me, there was little chance for sneaky photo opportunities and he had to hang on for dear life, but sadly we lost sight of them soon after. Stage 7 produced some of the most scenic tunnels and thrilling single tracks of the entire run, which certainly helped to keep the spirits and pace up.

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It was indeed a surprise it was to catch a glimpse of the leaders as we rounded the corner at the second aid station at 25 km. My heart raced and the battle for the stage win was back on!! I instructed Christiaan in Afrikaans to just keep on moving, while I filled water etc. We made sure we kept them in sight on the last 400 m climb, with the aim to overtake them somewhere on the last 8 km downhill. Team Tuga Wear certainly did not want to give up the stage win, but as the single track opened up into a wider path, we surged passed them and ran to the finish line like we stole something. What a sensational feeling when the commentator announced team Salomon Mixed as the winners of stage 7! Emotionally and physically drained after our efforts, I hardly made it to the finisher’s zone. But, nothing seemed to matter, we did it…

Stage 8 – Christiaan’s view

St. Valentine (Italy) to Sulden (Italy) 40,1 km & 1648 m Ascent

After 28 hours of running over 7 days, I could not help but be happy that this day has arrived! I was so excited to complete the journey and welcomed the initial 17 km downhill tar and jeeptrack section. Not even the thought of the 1400 m steep climb from the 25 km mark couldn’t dampen my excitement. Another bonus for me was that the original route had to be altered due to an incoming snow storm, and instead of climbing all the way to 2800 m, we traversed around on the 2100 m ridge line of the climb. We learnt by now that our strength compared to the other teams was definitely anything runnable. So when presented with this adjusted route profile, we approached it like a fast road run, completing the first 10 km in 41:55. This pace left us with quite a gap on the other teams, but we were aware that this could be narrowed fairly quickly once we reach the very steep parts of the ultimate climb.

Thanks to Landie’s continuous motivation and enthusiasm, I used every last bit of energy to bear forward and upwards, without breath and completely exhausted. We caught sight of the yellow jerseys behind us close to the summit, but were determined to consolidate our stage win. We never looked back and negotiated the last undulating muddy kilometers in the rain. I had so many great trail running memories, every time weakness or pain snuck in, I countered it with one of those moments. The race is only finished once you cross that finish line and I was aware of Team Carteney who became injured on stage 7 of Transalpine run 2013 and failed to complete the race. As we ran down the last downhill, past high alpine cottages, fresh water streams, fences, cows, supporters with bells, I became so aware of the blessing of being in the mountains, to run injury free and running towards another stage win with the love of my life.

We would like to give a special thanks to our main sponsor, Salomon International, as well as the following partners who helped made our Transalpine journey a reality:

• KPMG • Buff ZA • Peptosport/pro • Hazz Coffee • Stephen Granger (Journalist) • Futurelife • Runstrong strength trainer, Ronel Nattrass • Llamabar • Redbull ZA • Francois Retief Bio & Sport Massage • Buttanut • Gu • Endurocad • Activepatch4u • Extremelights

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Moon Chaser night Trail Run Series

WildTrail SA – Extreme Lights’ Brand new Partner

Extreme Lights have partnered with WildTrail SA, a leading events company that organizes and promotes trail running, mountain biking and adventure sports in South Africa.

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Moonchaser Night Trail Run Series

“We are very excited with this partnership and as the official lighting partner to the KeyHealth Moon Chaser Night Trail Run Series and other WildTrail events, Extreme Lights will definitely add great value to these events. We look forward to working with them to further enhance the overall participant experience.” says Debbie Agenbag from WildTrail SA.

“Extreme Lights will energetically assist all participants during these epic, adventure filled, challenges, where they will find out that their limits are further away than they think. We love the interaction with athletes and to assist them to shift their own boundaries. It is also a perfect opportunity where we can also showcase our latest products. We are proud to be associated with Debbie Agenbag and her team from WildTrail SA.” says Hannes Zietsman from Extreme Lights.

The next Keyhealth Moon Chaser Night Trail Run events will be on the 18th of September at Rosemary Hill, Pretoria East (Gauteng) and on the 29th of September at Bloemendal Wine Estate, Durbanville (Western Cape).

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Rosemary Hill FarmPretoria EastBloemendal Wine EstateDurbanville
Distances5km Firefly run10km Owl Run21km WolfPack Super Run (limited to 250)Start times
5Km: 19h20 / 10km: 19h10 / 21km: 19h00

Registration Times

17h30 – 19h00

All particpants have to collect their race numbers at the registration table

Cost
5km – R90 / 10km -R120 / 21km – R350 (R20 extra for on-the-day entries). No day entries for the 21km.

Route Description
Undulating course on mostly singletrack and jeep track. Trail marked with reflective markers.

Categories

Short Route
Junior (7 – 17) / Senior (18 – 39) / Veteran (40 and older)

10 km Route
Junior (12 – 17) / Senior (18 – 39)/ Veteran (40 and older)

21 km Route
Senior (17 – 39)/ Veteran (40 and older)

Entries (first-come-first-serve basis)
Pre-entries are limited to 700 entries
Race day entries limited to 100 entries

Medals & Prizes

This is purely a fun event so there will be no category prizes. Lucky draw prizes by sponsors

Medals to first 700 finishers

Prize giving with loads of lucky draw prizes from our sponsors

Timekeeping

All runners will be timed by Racetime and results will be available at www.racetime.co.za and the Moon Chaser website

Waterpoints 
There will be water points on the routes for the 10km and 21km route but we still advise runners to carry water with them.

No water point for the 5km route

We will have a hydration zone at the finish.

Products on display and for sale
Tribe Multisport is the official retail partner and they will have their stand at the event where runners, family and friends can view and buy all the latest sport products.
All our other sponsors ad partners will also have their products on display and for sale at the event.

Food & Drinks
Lovely food, good wine and a great vibe can also be enjoyed afterwards so bring the whole family.

Wine, beers, cyders, coffee, etc will also be served.

Distances5km Firefly Run10km Owl RunStart times
5Km: 7h20pm / 10km: 7h15pmRegistration Times

17h30 – 19h00

All particpants have to collect their race numbers at the registration table

Cost
5km – R80 / 10km -R100 / R20 extra for on-the-day entries

Route Description
Undulating course on mostly singletrack and jeep track. Trail marked with reflective markers.

Categories

Short Route
Junior (7 – 17) / Senior (18 – 39) / Veteran (40 and older)

Long Route
Junior (12 – 17) / Senior (18 – 39)/ Veteran (40 and older)

Entries (first-come-first-serve basis)
Pre-entries are limited to 700 entries
Race day entries limited to 100 entries

Medals & Prizes

This is purely a fun event so there will be no category prizes. Lucky draw prizes by sponsors

Medals to first 700 finishers

Prize giving with loads of lucky draw prizes from our sponsors

Timekeeping

All runners will be timed by CTGuys and results will be available on the Moon Chaser website

Waterpoints 
There will be a water point on the 10km route but we still advise runners to carry water with them.

No water point for the 5km route

We will have a hydration zone at the finish.

Products on display and for sale
Our sponsors and partners will have stands at the event where runners, family and friends can view and buy all the latest sport products.

Food & Drinks
Lovely food, good wine and a great vibe can also be enjoyed afterwards so bring the whole family.

Wine, beers, cyders, coffee, etc will also be served.

HEADLAMPS ARE COMPULSORY

Have a look at our Headlamp Collection!

To enter one of these events go to:  www.moonchaser.co.za

AfricanX Trailrun 2016 – Hosted by Stillwater Sport

Extreme Lights Collaborated with Stillwater Sport, the Official organizers of the AfricanX Trailrun 2016.  Here with follows more information about the event.

When participants describe a race as “feeling like heaven”, then you know you’ve provided a sublime weekend of entertainment and exercise. And that’s exactly what the AfricanX Trailrun does, with runners euphorically praising the route of this hugely popular run.

Born in 2009, the event has become a must-do event for trail enthusiasts. From a modest 120 teams in the inaugural event, the AfricanX Trailrun has grown rapidly and is now capped at 400 teams of two. Now based at the historic Houw Hoek Inn after four years in Kleinmond, the AfricanX Trailrun takes runners on a challenging three-day adventure through some of the most immaculate terrain in the country. The team format adds to the experience, with runners having to carefully approach each day with a sound strategy. It’s not just for hardcore trail bunnies, though. Road runners will enjoy some sections of the route that are fast and flat, but remember – a rugged climb is never far off.

AfricanX Trailrun 2015

AfricanX Trailrun 2015

EVENT FAST FACTS

 Date: 11 – 13 March 2016
 Venue: Houw Hoek Inn, Grabouw
 Start Times:
 Stage 1: 08h00
 Stage 2: 08h00
 Stage 3: 08h00
 Pre-Entries Open:  17 August 2015
 Pre-Entries Close: 26 February 2016

Entry Queries:

Please contact the entries office via email on [email protected]

or call on 082 991 0045 between 09h00 & 14h00 during the week.

AfricanX Trailrun 2015

AfricanX Trailrun 2015

To enter the 2016 AfricanX Trailrun go to www.stillwatersports.com

Extreme Lights and Dirtopia Night Runs

EXTREME LIGHTS NIGHT RUN SERIES

Experience magnificent sunsets in the Winelands!

Bring your headlamp and join in this exciting new night run series of three fantastic events in the Simonsberg region of the Stellenbosch Winelands.  Before we start each night run you can ‘’toast’’ the spring sunset before heading off on these scenic trails, built by Dirtopia.

14 OCTOBER @ WARWICK WINE ESTATE

Warwick Estate Logo

REGISTRATION: From 18h00 at the venue

START TIMES: 10km: 18h45 & 5km: 19h00

Sunset: 18h57

COST: Pre entries (closing date: 9 Oct)

5km – R80 & 10km – R110

Late entries (taken on event day, if available):

5km – R100 (no medal) & 10km – R130

ROUTES:  Climbing on Klapmutskop with singletrack trails in the Conservancy. Some jeep track between the vineyards with far reaching views of Paarl Mountain and the winelands.

Coffee and boerewors rolls for sale afterwards.

25 NOVEMBER (FULL MOON EVE) @ L’AVENIR WINE ESTATE

L'avenir

REGISTRATION: From 18h00 at the venue    

Sunset: 19h35

START TIMES: 11km: 19h30 & 6km 19h40

COST: Pre entries (closing date: 20 Nov)

6km – R85 & 11km – R110

Late entries (taken on event day, if available):

6km – R100 (no medal) & 11km – R130

ROUTES:  Less challenging trails with the long route going into the neighbouring farm of Nooitgedacht.  Great single track and jeep track between the vineyards, farm roads and a small forest.

9 DECEMBER @ KNORHOEK WINE ESTATE

Knorhoek

REGISTRATION: From 18h00 at the venue

START TIMES: 11km: 19h30 & 6km: 19h45

Sunset: 19h41

COST: Pre entries (closing date: 4 December)

6km – R85 & 11km – R110

Late entries (taken on event day, if available):

6km – R100 (no medal) & 11km – R130

ROUTES:  The Simonsberg trails have some of the most rewarding singletrack and this time you get to enjoy it in the dark! Guaranteed to be a special experience before the summer holidays kick off!

GENERAL SERIES INFO:

Pre-enter to secure your spot as entries are limited for all three events.  Enter all three night runs and get a free T-shirt! Extreme lights will be for sale at the start/finish areas or order online and collect your new light at registration.

The refreshment station will have Powerade, fruit & nuts and Coke at the finish for all!

There will be coffee, catering, massages and a kid’s play area at the finish.

Prizes to top male & female of all distances and a lucky draw at the end!    

TIMING:  Timing will be done with Amarider Trail Tags.  No tag, no time:  available for rent for R20 on the day or buy a tag for R100 and use it at all of our events! Please note that ONLY pre-entries timing will be live on the day.  

Late entries (if available on the day) will still require administration.

Follow Dirtopia on Twitter and use #ELNightruns and like the Dirtopia Facebook page. Post photo’s on Instagram by tagging Dirtopia.

 

CONTACT:  021 884 4752 or email:  [email protected] and see the website for entries and further details:  www.dirtopia.co.za