There’s something about running in the mountains at night. It’s definitely not the most obvious place I would’ve guessed my trail running
obsession progression would take me, but here I am strapping on a headlamp and getting ready to chase that bouncing spot of light up Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. It’s just me and about 100 other nutters getting ready to spend our Saturday evening getting smashed in the face by gale force winds, ignoring cramp and the pain of those long climbs, all while trying to stuff enough jelly babies in our mouths to make it all seem okay… Yep, it’s Batrun 2017 time!
Taahir pointed out the Diagonal route when we were doing India Venster. From above Kloof Corner you can trace the zigzagged path down to the Pipe Track. A few weeks ago, Tammy and I explored the route as an option to descend the back Table and I thoroughly enjoyed it – barring the ankle-breaking Pipe Track on your way to the Kloof Nek car park 🙂
When I first heard about the Knife Edge, the name alone is what got me. I became completely obsessed and devoured all information about the route that I could find. I searched online, asked questions on social media – I even went to the library on a research mission. So when Taahir and I finally set off to find it, I’d seen so many photos and read so much about the route that I had a pretty good idea about what was coming around each bend. Usually this means that the experience will probably be a let down since I’d hyped it up in my mind too much. This time, however, it was so much more than I would’ve imagined!
After about 4.5kms of running along the Pipe Track we came to a sudden stop. Taahir pointed to the cairn on the rock ledge next to us and said, “Welcome to Three Firs”. After a few hops up the rock steps, he motioned towards Tammy and me to join him. No signs, random paths and what looked like a bit of scrambling ahead. Where the heck were we heading…?
Me: “You mean it’s a free race entry? No problem, I’ll be there”
I just can’t help myself when I hear the words “free” and “race entry” together. I’m compelled to say “YES!”
Luckily for me, I’ve been able to look back at those comp race entries with a smile on my face and a fun story to tell.
On February 14th, I joined some trail running mates on a run from the Constantia Nek parking up to the Dams on Table Mountain. It is quite an iconic route here in Cape Town especially because of its ease of access and the far-stretching scenic views.