Thursday, April 19, 2007

Constantia neck revisited!

Monita soaking up the vibe above Hout Bay

With most of the EYB regulars heading out of town this weekend for Abi's kitchen tea and Migs' bachelors the prospects of a hike looked bleak. That was of course until Monita stepped up to the plate and put her hand up to lead the hike this Sunday!

It is great to see new faces stepping up to lead the hikes and it is vital for the continuity of the group that more people look to lead EYB to new hikes with a different flavor at the front!

Earn Your Breakfast, lead by Monita, is heading back to and old favorite this weekend.

The hike will start at the Constantia Neck Car park and make it's way along the contour path to Kirstenbosch and back, with the option of heading up to the Cecilia waterfall, depending on time and the legs!

Hike time: 8:30am

Meet: Constantia Neck Car park.

Length of hike: Approximately 3hrs

Difficulty: A fairly flat walk along the jeep track with some steps to climb if the waterfall option is taken. Generally a good one to do if you keen to ease back into things and have been away for a while!

We hope to see you all getting out there again!

If you need to get in touch with Monita for further details you can call her on 082 453 4665!

Huge thanks go out to Monita for stepping up to lead the hike!

Earn Your Breakfast!!!!


Lions head - April 1st

Beauty of the cape from the summit

Table mountain in all it's glory

The lovely debutants

B-dogg have a drink at the top

Epic views from the top

Riche, B-dogg and Smasher at the top

EYB summited the old favorite Lions Head on the 1st of April.

There were 5 debutants, the lovely ladies who accompanied Monita all successfully made it to the summit where some great view apprecitaion time was enjoyed by all.

Our old friend and acclaimed writer/creator of splattermail joined us on the mountain, but we unfortunately didn't catch the great man on camera! Probably a good thing as he was sporting a rather unpleasant looking beard at the time!

All in all another great morning out on the mountains of Cape Town, and always nice to see old and new faces out there!

Earn Your Breakfast!


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Devil's Sunday treat

A perfect hiking morning awaited us on Sunday, as 9 plus 2 headed onto the slopes of Table Mountain to attack the steep contours of Devil's Peak. Legs were put into action from the word go and a cheeky ascent up to the saddle got the heart rate monitors beeping off the charts! Just as we thought our work was done for the day, another short dash was required from the legs before we settled into one of the best views in Cape Town! This was a first for EYB and it certainly didn't disappoint the Sunday Athletes!

Our journey back down the slopes proved more treacherous than we expected as a fellow puff adder sat sunning itself near the path, awaiting our tasty arrival! Thank goodness for Camel Man....where would EYB hikers be without him!? We received forewarning from another group of UCT hikers, so were luckily well informed as we tiptoed (screaming) our way past its secret location, and were greeted with hissing from our fellow reptile friend!

With some strained ankles and tired Triathlete legs we took a team decision to head back down the contour to the cars and settle into a table at YUM for a well earned breakfast and beer!!

Yet another well earned day on the mountains filled with Adventure (The snake), Exercise (What hill?What disco legs?), Views (I can see Noordhoek..hmmm?!), and of course great EYB Vibe and Friends!

Thanks to those who got their hiking boots on and hope to see you back on the slopes this coming weekend!!


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Devil's Delight

Devil's Peak basking in sunshine!!

Spectacular views from the Peak!!

This Sunday sees EYB tackle the mighty Devil's Peak. Despite a fairly challenging climb up to the summit, its relatively short and the views are spectacular on a clear day. Sunday's weather is so far looking great, so we can take it pretty easy on the way up to enjoy the vibe!!

There are many options for return routes on the way down, but we'll most likely return to our cars via the Table Mountain Contour Path, which affords us amazing views of Camps Bay.

What time: 8:15am

Where do I park: Kloof Nek Car Park - immediate left turn into the main car park directly after the turn off to the Cable Station.

What to bring: Sunscreen, water, hats, dogs, mates, chow, camera's etc etc!!

Post Hike Vibe: Open to suggestions!!

Estimated Hike Time: 3 and half hours, chilled!

This is a first for the EYB Hiking Vibe, so it would be great to see as many new and old faces out on the mountain on Sunday! Always remember that anyone is welcome to join in the vibe, so please come along and experience the splendour of Cape Town!!

See everyone on Sunday!



Monday, April 09, 2007

Real Two Oceans 2007

Sunday saw 20 crazy mountain goats hit the glorious slopes of the Table Mountain National Park in the 2nd running of what has been coined the 'Real Two Oceans'.

At 5:30am, we set out with torches on our heads to navigate our way along Muizenberg Beach towards Echo Valley in Kalk Bay. This epic is broken down into three legs as detailed below:

Leg one: From the Muizenberg Supertube water slide we make our way up through St James to the start of the Old Mule Path, which we take to Echo Valley and then follow the contour path and gravel road to Silvermine Reserve and up to the dam via the Silvermine River Walk.

Leg Two: We follow the loose gravel road and footpath up Crassula Edge and Noordhoek Ridge to Noordhoek Peak. From here we take the skyline Panorama Path to Blackburn Ravine and then up to Constantiaberg Mast, descending via the Elephant’s Eye path and the PUFFeR route to Level 5. We follow Level 5 through Tokai Forest to the end and then continue on the PUFFeR route over Vlakkenberg and down to Constantia Nek.

Leg Three: We head for the Back Table, across the tops of Nursery Ravine and Skeleton Gorge via the bridle path, concrete road and PUFFeR route. From the top of Skeleton Gorge we take the path around or over Hely-Hutchinson Reservoir (depending on whether it has water in it or not) to the Waterworks Museum and up through Disa Gorge to the Aqueduct, Smuts Track and Maclear’s Beacon. We descend via Echo Valley and follow the road and old railway track over to the Apostles’ Path, head towards Grootkop but turn down at Corridor Ravine and follow the path around the buttress into Slangolie Ravine and the start / end of the Pipe Track and head for the finish at the Rotunda, Camps Bay.

The event was truly spectacular and with a clear day topping 35 degrees celcius, the views were breathtaking. After a few weary legs decided to call it a day at Constantia Nek, 13 of us continued on and pulled into the Rotunda in Camps Bay at around 6:30pm to celebrate an amazing day out.

The photo's above and below tell only half the story, as emphasis must go on the amazing group of like-minded people that take part in such an event. For some, being out there for 12 and a half hours eventually takes it's toll, but with ongoing support and encouragement from your fellow runner, the true inspirational value of the event shines through!

Thanks to all those (fellow athletes and seconding crews) who made the experience such an inspiration to be a part of!



Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Easter weekend Earning

With the Easter Long Weekend upon us, Athletes around the country get ready to take on the 2 Oceans Half and Full Marathons, and for the brave and ultra fit (some say crazy) the Real 2 Oceans Trail 50km Race!!! The EYB team would like to take this opportunity to wish all Athletes taking part in either of the races, a very warm and hearty GOOD LUCK!!! May you have an inspiring morning and day out on the roads and mountains, and may some PB'S be broken and set!!
Look forward to hearing all about your races so please let us know
how your day goes if we don't see you on the roads...trawling up Southern Cross Drive!!

Earn Your Chapman's Peak!

Due to some race earning this weekend, and of course all the holidays that fall around Easter, FAMM and Sunday's Hike will be postponed until next weekend. We will be sure to be back on the mountains the following Sunday, and weather dependent FAMM will either hit the gym or Lion's Head. So enjoy your Easter Weekend, hope the Easter bunny inspires you to head back out there after a few days off and a few too many eggs indulged!!

Where do I run?

Happy Earning this weekend for all those Athletes taking part in the The Two Oceans Festivities and Happy EYB Easter to those who are having a relaxing weekend away!


Monday, April 02, 2007

Earn your Knysna Forest Marathon

Entries for the Knysna Marathon and Half Marathon on the 14th of July 2007 are open online and flying off the shelves.

Entries are limited to 5200 for the half and 1000 for the full, these normally get snapped up very quickly and so if you are thinking of running it's recommended you enter today!

Come on athletes!

Get your entries in and lets enjoy a world class morning out in the forest together!

Earn Your Oyster Breakfast


Sunday, April 01, 2007

EYB Troops - Skeleton Gorge - 13 August 2006


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