Exploring Botmaskop

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Exploring Botmaskop

When you get an invite from Jaco from Extreme Jogging to go and explore his home ground of Botmaskop, you drop everything and go!

 

I met Jaco at the Trail Magazine Clinic in 2016 and we’ve kept in contact since then with the hope of going on epic mountain adventures together. Unfortunately, Jaco was side-lined with an Achilles injury for most of 2016. The good news is that he’s back and has been charging out on hard-core missions again. Now it’s me who is a bit stressed at keeping up with him lol

 

Henk (from The Secret Adventurer) and their mate Deryck formed the rest of our crew as we headed from Jaco’s home in Stellenbosch through the ‘burbs and onto the lower slopes taking us up to Botmaskop.

 

 

It was my first time running in the area and I now see why okes from Stellenbosch are always better than us at most sports. Everything is steeper and bigger than anything us Kaapies have to train on.

 

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Photo courtesy of The Secret Adventurer

 

The route up Botmaskop was the first example of this as it was barely runnable (except if you’re AJ Calitz). An awesome scramble up into low hanging clouds started the adventure on a very Lord of the Rings kind of vibe. Once we tagged the summit we made our way across towards Saaltjie and then descended into the Jonkershoek reserve.

 

 

The views at the top were simply incredible and the landscape (although scarred by fires) was beautiful. Our off-trail shenanigans through the burnt protea bushes caused some hilarious chirps once we arrived at the Jonkershoek Reserve gate covered entirely in soot.

 

 

And no we didn’t crawl our way across from Botmaskop lol

 

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I got some hangtime! Photo courtesy of The Secret Adventurer

 

– Peace

 

Check out the blog posts by Jaco and Henk. More adventures are definitely on their way 🙂

 

Fareed

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4 Comments
  • Donovan

    March 23, 2017 at 2:06 pm Reply

    Cool article. Hopefully you have the gpx file 🙂

    • Fareed

      March 23, 2017 at 2:23 pm Reply

      Check your email bro 😉

  • Malikah Patel

    March 23, 2017 at 2:59 pm Reply

    Nice!!!!! Take me there!

    • Fareed

      March 23, 2017 at 3:03 pm Reply

      We must organize a run out there with Jaco and the gang. Jana and Simon are now Stellies locals as well

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