Friday, June 29, 2007

EYB Dominates the 'City Lion' from all angles!!


This Sunday will not see us hiking up Chapman's Peak unfortunately as there is a huge international cycling event that will be blocking up many of the roads leading out towards Silvermine and Chapman's Peak.

We will instead conquer an old favourite being the mighty Lion's Head, but will extend our time on the mountain by hitting the beautiful contour path that circles around the back end of the Lion and up and over the saddle!

Meet Time:
8:30am in the Kloof Nek Car Park (call me on 0795249936 if lost).

Estimated Hike Time: about 3 hours up and down!

What to bring: Hot coffee, Tea, Scarves, Warm Tops... you get the picture!!

Please check out all the road closures for Sunday too:

Ok, athletes... lets get stuck in this Sunday and get some numbers back on the mountain. Everyone is welcome so please dont be shy to bring any mates or family along!!



Thursday, June 21, 2007

Fly Solo on the mountains or launch into the COLD Ocean

Take the plunge - road, ocean or mountain...what will it be??


Last week saw 8 plus 2 energetic athletes take to the mountains for what proved to be a beautiful winter's morning out - crisp, clear skies and a route that provided quality city and suburban views, and enough gradient both sides to get the legs firing! Great to have you all out and back on the mountains!

This week sees another EYB Bye as the Cape Town weather guru has predicted a stormy Sunday with rain fore casted from all directions.

This however doesn't deter all athletes as rumour has it there will be many an athlete getting out there this weekend to either compete in the FISHERMAN'S TRAIL CHALLENGE 2007 - check out for details, or to take the plunge in the Winter Solstice Clifton Swim. And with 3 weeks to go there are many excited runners across the city getting up in the dark and cold or begrudgingly putting on their shoes after work to take to the roads and mountains in preparation for the upcoming Knysna Marathons!

So to all those either braving the oceans, racing up Blackburn Ravine or heading out for a good weekend training run - EYB wishes you weekend of inspirational earning where creating your own reality is much needed, as the Cape Winter throws us some of her best! Good luck to those competing and see the 2 letters below for details for the annual braving of the Oceans!

Letters from the Arctic Circle....

Potential Polar Bears,

Every year I do this MAD THING – take a swim on the Saturday nearest to the Winter Solstice at CLIFTON 4th BEACH
It’s fun, it’s COLD but what an experience!!

Come and join and bring friends.

See letter below for details if you, by any chance, want to order any of the goodies that are made to order and picked up on the day.

The atmosphere is great and it’s an achievement if you make it – NO WET SUITS, just you and your cozzie!!!

Bring a little flask (hip) of sherry and another of HOT CHOCCIE and a huge warm towel and track-suit for afterwards.

Yours in a cozzie,


Hi Polar Bears

As you know there are only a few weeks to go before we celebrate the winter solstice with our annual dip in the chilly waters of the Atlantic. For the uninitiated, this is our 10th year & is a great day to bring friends & family along. If you're up to it, join the frozen chosen with a sprint into the icy waters ..... otherwise you can just spectate.

Where - Clifton 4th Beach
When - Saturday 23rd June
Time - 9.30am

See you there .... rain or shine !
Chilly regards
Steve Morkel
President : Polar Bear Club

Gear up and gather your friends for next weekend as EYB looks to brave Chapman's Peak for a celebratory one year on the mountains. Details to follow during the week!

Happy Earning and feel free to send in any pictures, routes or stories from your weekend's outdoor activities!

The choice of earning lies within your soul, make it happen and come alive!



Wednesday, June 13, 2007


After a week off from the mountains, EYB will be taking on a new route this coming Sunday. The adventure involves minor car logistics, a small climb, spectacular views of the city and beyond, followed by a cheeky descent into Newlands Forest where your pint and Sunday calvary awaits you at you need anymore persuasion?

What date:
Sunday, 17th June...Comrades Day

What time:
Meet at Forries at 8:30am - we will leave some cars here and drive through to Tafelberg Rd where we will begin the hike.
Please try your best to be on time, as we want to be on the mountain by 9am - phone if you are running late - 073 808 6116 so that we know to wait for you.

What Route:
Begin at the Devil's Peak saddle on Tafelberg Rd - a slow chilled climb up to the saddle where some rest time will be awarded to those whose hearts are beating at the required pace :) From there we will make our way over the saddle to the Southern Suburbs side, where Newlands Ravine will be awaiting our Elvis Legs. This will take us down into the Forest where we will meet up with the contour path and snake our way down towards the fermenting pints and the smells of Sunday roast! It shouldn't take longer than 3hrs - we will aim to be on the mountain by 9/9:15 latest!!

What to bring:
Warm clothes, the forecast looks ambiguous for the moment so please dress warm and bring raincoats in case.

Four legged Athletes: Dogs are more than welcome, just keep in mind the Forries festivities for later.

Hope to see you all out there for a beautiful and worthwhile morning on the mountains - dust off those hiking boots, don your winter woolies, set your alarms and get those bodies out there to experience the magic and beauty of the Cape mountains.


The lone ranger calls out to his awaiting pint


Friday, June 08, 2007

EYB takes a bye!

Hey athletes,

EYB has decided to call a bye this coming Sunday!

The weather is looking poor again!

A number of the athletes have been hitting the roads and mountain trails of the Cape of late as the Knysna half marathon creeps up. There are also a few who have their eyes on the New York Marathon in November.

So get out there and Earn in any way you can, and if it's interesting let us know and we post it on the site.

Have a great weekend athletes.



Thursday, June 07, 2007

Inspiring Morning on the Mountain!!

Despite a very small turnout last Sunday, it proved to one of the more inspiring mornings out!! Not long into our stroll up to the 'Eye', we ran into a group of vibey youngsters from an organisation called Hoops 4 Hope. We spent the rest of the morning sharing stories about the beauty of the mighty outdoors and the inspiration it brings to many South Africans.

Thanks to Thabo, who was our 'All Star' for the morning - check out their site by clicking on the Hoops 4 Hope picture above to learn more about the amazing projects they get involved with. Thanks guys!!



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