You are governed by the weather when it comes to trail running!

You are governed by the weather when it comes to trail running!

Shelley BolleFriday’s run (2 September 2016) was a hairy one! Photos here taken at Woodhead Dam, Table Mountain. This was when we were still in good spirits – moments after, the mist and wind picked up and we couldn’t see 5m in front of us. Not being able to see, for the mist, and not being able to hear, for the wind was very scary. All we could do was follow the path and not slip down the mountain. Being deprived of basic senses when you’re out in that kind of terrain made us realise how quickly things can go pear shaped up in the mountains, and you need to be prepared – don’t skimp on bringing things like space blankets and rain jackets, rather take the weight on your back because you don’t want to be in a situation where you need it and don’t have it.

 

It was surreal coming down Platteklip Gorge into sunny weather, it was like an alternate universe! We were quite delirious with relief and somewhat traumatized from the 3 hours spent in freezing wind chill conditions, that we were appealing to people who were climbing up the gorge to “turn back, choose life” it was quite comical, once we had calmed down and warmed up.

 

Lynette CaldwellLesson learnt: listen to the weather, if it’s going to be misty and cool then running in the Table Mountain “tablecloth” is not wise!

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