.WHAT RACE ARE YOU RUNNING?RUNNING THE RACE OF ADVENTURE

Cederberg Traverse 100 km – 5 October 2019
Raw. Rugged. Relative. The word that best explains the terrain of Cederberg Wilderness Area in the Western Cape of South Africa is raw. Its rocks and relentless shapes that form its horizons scream the bareness of Creation that points towards its Maker in vast magnitude. The Cederberg Traverse 100 kilometer Trail Run is underpinned by rugged terrai...
Light Trail legacy – 31 August 2019
How much will we be remembered in 150 years from now? With some self-reflection, probably not much if at all. How about 100 years from now? Maybe. 50 years? Perhaps. Maybe we will be remembered for something we started, branded or achieved? How do we want to be remembered, and is there not more to this race of life? Running the Liggie (Afrikaans fo...
(running) Circles in the Forest Trail Run – 10 August 2019
Running is repetitive. One step in front of the other. We keep moving forwards but never quite knowing where we will end up, often with feelings of running in circles. Such is life – repetitive, falsely assuming we never going anywhere, but actually the circular trails we trace always have purpose, even if it's to confirm we are on the right track....
Fish River (Ultra) revisited – 15 June 2019
Running a race is very different to volunteering at one. The former is an event, the latter is unique. This was my third visit to the Fish River Canyon in Namibia, having hiked the canyon in 2005 and run the 100 km Ultra race in 2013. Besides being a privilege, volunteering at the Fish River Ultra 2019 as a back-race marker sweep was not only diffe...
16 Mile Beach
The run was simple – traverse the entire length of South Africa’s longest uninterrupted beach in one go, running in a straight line. Yet it’s not what we read on the maps of the line drawn with one’s GPS that determines the simplicity. With trail running, the more varied the terrain, the more vertical gain and losses there are, and the more places ...
Agulhas wreck
Travel evokes a place of where one would go. Together with this, adventure travel evokes a purpose of why one would go too, with a probability of no idea where exactly. This Tale is difficult to write as we do not have it all figured out. “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inherit...
Trailblazer Trailer – Table
Creating Trailblazer Trailer was not an end in mind. Usually with small businesses there is a desire for growth, which enables survival, driven by profit. Principally, these three attributes are key to a business’ purpose. Usually. With Trailblazer Trailer, which specialises in relational artisan coffee we have realised that there is so much more t...
addo elephant trail run 44 km – 16 March 2019
Most special moments cannot be orchestrated. Such a moment was had on this well-known Ultra Trail run in the Eastern Cape of South Africa – the addo elephant trail run. A faint humming sound was heard coming from behind me, and got louder as the sound caught up with and surrounded me – thousands of wild bees, covering a moving area of around 10 met...
Trailblazer for Life
This new look website via this Tale in your inbox only scratches the surface. No website, Tale post, mural, café interior, photo, art, writing, coffee, product, mountain top, trail, run or podcast can capture true adventure, true Life. Its impossible, simply because we cannot live each other’s lives. Yet, in one way we can. This Tale provides a bit...
treading lightly
Trail Running requires adaptation to the terrain one runs on. This terrain usually varies quite substantially within a short space of time. This is true of life too. Yet, sometimes no matter how one tries to adapt, one can feel out of control. GR20 long distance hiking trail, Corsica, France. Needing to back track and retrieve my one glove, I ran t...
Untold Ultra – Fish River Canyon 100 km
Like water having carved the deep Fish River Canyon in the arid Namibian landscape – the second largest of its kind in the world, so have the memories in my mind of running its length on 22 June 2013. This website did not exist then, and now not being able to run due to injury these past few months has enabled some deep reflection and a reminder to...
flowers numbered – Steenbok Day Trail
Like a colourful blanket, countless flowers display their collective grandeur spread over hectors of the north-western peninsula of the Postberg section of the West Coast National Park. Made up of brilliant individual variations of its kinds, these flowers make way to an incredible witness of another side to Creation. In contrast to the myriad of f...

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