Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour


23 October – 2 November 2015
There will be one screening per day at 8pm.
Each screening contains all 9 films, and the total length is approximately 2 hours 10 minutes 

We are screening at six Ster-Kinekor cinemas across the country: 

Cape Town
Cavendish Square 23 Oct – 2 Nov | Tygervalley 23 Oct – 2 Nov

Sandton 23 Oct – 2 Nov 

Brooklyn 23 Oct – 2 Nov

Gateway 30 – 31 October 

Port Elizabeth
Baywest Mall 31 October


The XPH LED Headlamp

Soon after that I bought my first headlamp and over the years have collected quite a few. Most of them are entry level and I more often than not land up with a dodgy light, with poor batteries and barely enough light to follow the path, I kind of liked it that way, believing excess light to be intrusive on other night runners or hikers. But seeing as I do enjoy my night time outings, and there isn’t always a full moon to provide additional light, this is not ideal. There were also multiple problems with many of the lights, limited battery life, uncomfortable, difficult to adjust straps, wobbly lights, and a switch that regularly switched on while still in my back pack, leaving me with minimal battery life when needed. Rain was also an issue, often causing havoc with my non waterproof light.

When given the opportunity to test drive Extreme Light’s new headlamp, I jumped at it. Finally a head lamp worthy of my limited, albeit enthusiastic, night running and hiking ability. The light sounded great on paper but the best way to test a pudding is to eat it.

The first opportunity to test the headlamp came in the Hex River Mountains. We were hiking the iconic Hex River traverse, and we were pretty sure we would still be out at nightfall. Having started at 7am, it was a spectacular but tiring day on these amazing mountains, and finally after watching the magical sunset still high up on the mountain I could break out my head lamp.

Now it was time for the proverbial light/pissing contest – who had the brightest light?  With darkness having descended, we started our descent to Thomas Hut, focussing on a dim light far below us in the valley. I tried my light on its strongest beam and it nearly blinded a few of my hiking buddies. Having said that, one of the group’s own extreme light was technically brighter than mine on its fullest beam but mine lit a bigger surface area – i.e. his was more concentrated and mine offered a wider circumference of light. I had no need for the brightest light – and don’t think I ever will – the second setting was more than ample for my needs and I comfortably walked down to the hut. I tested the lowest setting and it was not bad either, reminding me of my previous lights with poor batteries, only better.

A few weeks later and  a couple of buddies and I headed up India Venster on a beautiful warm, wind and moon free spring evening, Again I was super impressed with the light and it did its job more than adequately. I have done numerous testing on it in the past month or so and here are my findings.

Battery life
First up the battery is a common form rechargeable li-ion battery, allowing you to recharge without removing the battery, even better it also takes triple AAA batteries as backup, the best of both worlds. This battery is common form and easy to find, and should last anywhere from 2-4 years, depending on usage.

While rechargeable batteries can be heavy and cumbersome, this one is just light enough to be comfortable, it sits firmly on my head without a wobble when I run and is easily adjustable. My colleague with long hair tried it on and she did complain that with her pony tail it was difficult to make the strap comfortable. I have no such issues. The battery is not too large, meaning it doesn’t look like I have a car battery attached to the back of my head.

This is the first head light in South Africa that uses the new Cree XP-L led. This is cutting edge technology, which can produce more light from less power than any other LED in the world. 

The lamp has four settings.

  • High
    Way too bright for my needs, don’t know when I would use it, I only used it when trying to spot a couple of porcupines on my way down Table Mountain

  • Mid
    More than adequate light for my needs. When testing, it lasted in excess of 3 ½ hours, I believe this could be less bright and last longer, which would be perfect.
  • Low
    A decent enough light for a low setting.  When I tested it, I let it run consecutively and it lasted for more than 50 hours on the trot. Truly impressive. I believe if this was slightly brighter and could last a minimum of 24 hours, it would be the ideal setting for me and most night runners and hikers.

There is also a flashing light for emergencies.

The lamp is fully waterproof, a huge bonus for any adventure race or night runner who likes to spend time on Table Mountain in the middle of an infamous Cape storm. I submerged the headlamp completely for a good few minutes and it

Waterproof vibes

worked perfectly. Apparently you cannot operate it under water, i.e. change any settings or switch it on or off while submerged, but when I dunked it, it had no issues with the wet stuff. In theory this light can be submerged to 1m for 30min without affecting the working of the light. It is rated IP67.

Load shedding friendly
When the lights go out, and they do quite frequently these days, this headlamp can quite comfortably light up a medium sized room. It also makes a good reading light when on its lowest level.

Overall I think I may have found my prefect headlamp, or let’s say with a few tweaks it could be perfect. I have used it numerous times, in various conditions and in terms of comfort, lighting and durability it has passed all tests.

Two K-Way athletes are in France for the 5th IAU Trail World Championships, which take place on Saturday. AJ Calitz and Nicolette Griffioen, together with their South African teammates and runners from 38 other countries, make up the 287 participant count for this gruelling 85 kilometre run.

The IAU Trail World Championship is held annually and this year the event is hosted by France. The 85 kilometre race starts in the town of Annecy, which lies at the northern end of Lake Annecy. The route climbs into the mountains only a few kilometres from the start and circles the lake, taking in the surrounding summits for an accumulated 5,200 metres of vertical ascent over the course distance.

Although Calitz has competed abroad before, this is 22-year old Griffioen’s first time in Europe and first international race. She is the newest member of K-Way’s athlete family.

AJ Calitz

She has had a strong year already with wins at the Buffelspoort XTERRA and the Ultra Tail Mount Moodie 80km in January and a strong second place at the recent 32km Molweni Trail Run. Griffioen crossed the line only 20 seconds off the race winner.

“Annecy is really beautiful – both the mountains and the town,” she says.

Griffioen is expecting the course to be technical and tough with unrelenting climbs and descents and with very few flat sections.

“Our team manager, Altus Schreuder, went to see sections of the course on Wednesday. He returned saying that ‘a proper world champs’ awaits us and that the course is ‘definitely not boring’,” she adds.

“My goal is to finish the race only,” Griffioen says. “Being my first international race, I don’t know any of my competition except my South African teammates; I have no idea how I’ll place. I’m testing the waters to gain experience.”

With a 03h30 start, it is a given that the temperature in the very early morning will be chilly. The weather on Saturday is predicted to be sunny during the day. The runners can see snow on the peaks of the mountains surrounding the lake from their hotel; they’re expecting unpredictable conditions on the summits and know that cold and wind up high is almost guaranteed.

“I am going to go out relaxed, enjoy the views and see if I feel good enough after halfway to pull back some ladies,” she says.

Calitz and Griffioen’s Team South Africa teammates include Eric Ngubane, Graeme McCallum, Iain Don-Wauchope, Jock Green, Chantel Nienaber and Su Don-Wauchope. There is a team competition element where accumulated results count towards selecting a winning country.



  • ·         Event: 5th IAU Trail World Championships (run on the Tecnica MaXi-Race® course)
  • ·         Date: Saturday, 30 May 2015
  • ·         Venue: Annecy, France
  • ·         Start time: 03h30 (France is currently GMT +2, same as South Africa)
  • ·         Distance: 85 kilometres
  • ·         Vertical gain: 5,300 metres
  • ·         Number of participants: 178 men and 109 women (287 total)
  • ·         Number of countries represented: 39 for the World Champs
  • ·         Course Records: Men: Sebastien Spehler (FRA), 8:45; Women: Caroline Chaverot (FRA), 10:15
  • ·
  • ·         Start list: on IAU website (
  • ·         Follow online during the race – live (this looks like the page where splits will appear – use the ‘Following’ tab -
  • ·         Facebook: Trail Run SA -

§  Maxi-Race:

Trail running has exploded in South Africa over the last seven years or so, and with more and more runners hitting the trails there is a demand for knowledge and advice. Roving Trail Camps,

Local legend: Linda Doke

run by Ghaleed Nortje has combined one of the Western Cape’s finest wine farms, two of Cape Town’s best trail runners and some amazing trails in the Cape Winelands for an amazing trail running experience, the first trail running training camp to be held in Western Cape.

Roving Trail Camps is a professionally run trail running camp for novice and seasoned runners alike. The first of its kind in the Western Cape, the camp will be held the weekend of 29 – 31 May at Boschendal Wine Estate in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley.

Says Nortje, “We wanted to offer a weekend getaway that would include excellent food, warm hospitality, interesting talks by Cape Town trail running personalities, Linda Doke and Martin Kleynhans, in addition to other experts in their fields, and some fantastic trail runs on an exclusive part of the estate.”

Participants get to enjoy the wine and accommodation at Boschendal, and will enjoy delicious meals and a screening of the Trails in Motion film festival movies, which have already been shown in multiple countries around the world.

Topics covered by the speakers include technical running, nutrition, strength and conditioning and recovering after your runs, as well as demonstrations.

Boschendal Wine Estate

“Both beginners and professionals will benefit, this will be a social weekend allowing runners to learn from the specialists and from each other. The runs will have a slower and faster group in order to accommodate everyone. The emphasis is on learning and enjoying this beautiful area that we will be running in, as well as a great weekend getaway in a magnificent part of the Western Cape.“ Says Nortje.


Weekend itinerary:

Friday 29 May

  • Come ready for a gentle 5 – 10km run to introduce yourselves!
  • Official Welcome at Boschendal Estate


Saturday 30 May

  • Breakfast
  • Group run warm up, 5km
  • Pilates talk including 20 minute session
  • Run instruction to improve technical skill and exploring the estate trails
  • Biokineticists talk including 20 minute cool down session
  • Lunch – food talk and demonstration
  • Join the public Trail film screening;
  • Followed by Dinner


  • Nutrition
  • Bio Recovery – rehabilitation, rolling, strapping etc.
  • Gear – General emphasis on required kit for the main run.
  • Own time
  • Sport Massage (1st)
  • Wine Tasting
  • Trails film screening
  • Dinner: Farm to Table dining at Boschendal

Sunday 31 May


  • Transport to start of the run.
  • Group run with instruction and application of skills learned. Emphasis on trail safety and required kit for the run.
  • Sport Massage (2nd)
  • Lunch at Boschendal Wine Estate


More information at

Contact Ghaleed Nortje on 082 887 3011 or email


Next Ocean2Ocean is on Saturday 25 April 2015

A 50km guided mountain trail run.

More info here:


Back in the day – before I found my trail running feet – I used to own one pair of hiking boots at a time, generally the basic Hi-Tec model. Comfortable and suitable for basic day-hiking – no waterproofing to speak of. They would last me

Hi-Tec Para Boots

maybe five years and then get replaced by a similar pair.

Trail running means I spend much of my mountain time in trail shoes. Comfortable and light, they are also more than suitable for day hiking, without the ankle protection that high-top boots provide.

Last year I got to try out the Hi-Tec Para Boots, and in the snow and serious wet conditions, they were awesome. The new neoprene material is pretty hardy, soft and immune to snow and water. The boot is heavy though and not particularly suitable for summer hiking.

So I was pretty chuffed to get hold of a pair of Hi-Tec Altitude V I Wp

earlier this year. They are similar to the comfortable Hi-Tecs of old, just waterproof and sturdier. Having waterproof boots that don’t cost the earth is a big win and something not around in my early days of hiking. This is particularly useful for winter hiking in the Western Cape, where the mountains sometimes resemble a sponge that’s being soaked in water and squeezed. A rather beautiful sponge, but water oozing out of every nook and cranny is only great when your feet don’t get wet. With these boots they don’t.

A hike in Orange Kloof, a particularly wet, beautiful and protected part of Table Mountain was a great opportunity to test my boots, they passed with flying colours, leaving my non-webbed footed friends with…well wet feet, while I walked comfortably though water with no need to rock hop, keeping my feet dry at all times. Made even better when it started to rain. You can’t put a price on dry feet.

Having enjoyed these boots for the better part of this year, I was already suitably impressed but they needed a real test. This test presented itself when we took on the mighty Hex River Traverse, which consisted of a 13-hour day of walking on rough, uneven terrain, mostly with no path to speak of. With most of our party in trail shoes, I was more than happy to have the boots on, both for protection for my feet and support, as we had heavier than usual backpacks.

It wasn’t all comfort though, with the sloped uneven terrain taking its toll on my feet, and a few blisters popping up. Nothing a plaster here and there couldn’t fix up. The boots ultimately passed with flying colours and my hiking companions in their trail shoes passed more than one envious look at my boots.

These boots are definitely the new simple, comfortable and hardy pair of boots, that I got used to use all those years ago. They are light, hardy, have a a good grip and they’re waterproof. Now if they can last me five years, that would really be something.

Here’s to a good few more years.

ALTITUDE V I WP Pic: Andrew Beetge


Lucky Miya & Martin Kleynhans

The 18th edition of the Three Peaks Challenge, a 50km mountain and city run, took place on Saturday in Cape Town. The men’s race was won by Martin Kleynhans (5:24:59), with K-Way athlete Lucky Miya (5:37:01) taking second place. Katya Soggott again won the women’s race, finishing in 6:15:44, only 42 seconds outside the women’s record, which she set last year.

“Conditions were very hot,” says race organiser Gavin Snell, “particularly later in the day in Platteklip Gorge and on Lion’s Head. A large number of participants complained of cramping.”

Snell says that Miya had a good lead at the end of the second peak but, not being a local, he had little knowledge of the route and he lost valuable time later.

” A friend volunteered to show me some parts of the route when I arrived in Cape Town on Thursday, but I still took some wrong turns here and there; but I quickly found the right way again,” Miya explains.

WINNERS: Martin Kleynhans & Katya Soggot

Speaking about his run he says: “At Devil’s Peak and up Platteklip I felt great and strong. It’s a tough section with very lovely trails on this beautiful mountain. I managed to open a big gap of about 15 minutes. Then, right at the beginning of the last peak, Lion’s Head, I started cramping and it was really a tough mission to get to the top. Martin Kleynhans caught me here and was so kind to offer me tablets to stop the cramps, which helped a lot”.

“I’m very happy with my second place,” Miya says. “What an incredible experience with wonderful support on the route and at the checkpoints. I’m very blessed to have this opportunity from K-Way to explore the Three Peaks Challenge.”   Results2014-Final

Devil’s Peak Table Mountain Lion’s Head Total time
Men’s Results
1. Martin Kleynhans 1:48:50 2:16:07 1:20:02 5:24:59
2. Lucky Miya 1:48:44 2:00:50 1:47:27 5:37:01
3. Dom Wills 1:50:09 2:19:06 1:33:27 5:42:42
Women’s Results
1. Katya Soggott 2:05:17 2:34:33 1:35:54 6:15:44*
2. Caroline Balkwill 2:18:25 2:53:45 1:58:54 7:11:04
3. India Baird 2:39:48 3:04:18 2:00:35 7:44:41

The Three Peaks Challenge website is

For 18 years runners have assembled before sunrise on Long Street for the start of a race that takes them up and down Cape Town’s three peaks. Devil’s Peak, Maclear’s Beacon (via Platteklip Gorge) and Lion’s Head. Participants have 14

Three Peaks Challenge

Mark Pikker checking in at Lion's Head

hours to complete this 50-kilometre Challenge, which is presented in proud partnership with K-Way.

Looking at the line-up, race organiser Gavin Snell has his money on K-Way athlete Lucky Miya.

“Aside from Lucky, who is coming from Joburg for his first Three Peaks, no other names stand out for a hands-down win; he is the outstanding favourite. But, there are always new people who come along to run that are completely unknown. Three years ago we didn’t know who AJ Calitz was; he won his first Three Peaks in 2011 and again in 2012. He holds the course record for the fastest time ever.”

“But,” Snell adds, “Lucky doesn’t know the route and this may open the door for strong runners, like Dom Wills, who have the experience and speed and know the route.”

As Miya has never been on the course, his objective is just to make it through without taking a wrong trail.

Lucky Miya

“I’m completely in the dark about the route. I would have loved to come down early to scout the route but due to my work commitments this has not been possible. I’ll have to struggle and survive on the day,” he says.

In August Miya flew to Colorado to run the 21-kilometre, uphill-only Pikes Peak Ascent. He placed 19th overall and 4th in his age category.

“My experience and training from Pikes Peak will boost me a lot but Three Peaks will require great fitness to go up such challenging steep climbs,” he adds.

“I’ve had a busy year and I can feel the fatigue now so I won’t be going out 100%,” Miya explains. “On Saturday I’m going to have fun and be part of this event that my sponsor, K-Way, also supports. This year I will learn the route so I can go hard in 2015.”

Three Peaks is the type of event that runners return to year-after-year. Even race organiser Snell is in for his 18th run. “And then there is Brian Key,” says Snell. “He is turning 76 in November and he’ll be running his 13th Three Peaks. Until a few years ago he was still running in the Top 10, even at the age of 70! Katya Soggott will be running her 3rd Three Peaks; she holds the women’s record.”

The Three Peaks Challenge, held in partnership with K-Way, starts at 5am on Saturday, 1 November 2014. 150 runners will attempt to ascend all three peaks by 7pm – a 14-hour allowance. The course record of 4:50:21 was set by K-Way athlete AJ Calitz in 2012. Spectators are invited to watch the runners from Tafelberg Road, where there is an aid station, or at Greenmarket Square, basecamp for the day. More information can be found on–


The untamed wilderness of the Wild Coast in South Africa is the perfect destination for hikers and runnerssource:, a paradise for those of you who love to explore natural treasures.This stretch of coastline reaches from the Mtamvuna River in the north to the Great Kei River in the south, offering incredible views and hiking trails: high dunes, cliffs, sheltered bays, wild beaches, ancient forests, hills and valleys.

Wild Coast’s top hiking and running routes

The five-day Wild Coast Meander is the established favourite hiking trail. It covers 56 kilometres of the southern Wild Coast from Kob Inn to Morgan Bay. Local guides and porters from Xhosa communities accompany hikers and carry their bags, so you won’t have a problem on the longer, harder stretches of the trail. Shorter options are available too. You’ll stay at small seaside hotels each night, dining on local seafood and recharging for the next day.

More strenuous but definitely worth the effort, the five-day Wild Coast Hiking Trail goes from Port St Johns to Coffee Bay. Again, the hospitality of local people and the warmth of overnight accommodations will make you feel welcome. Porters are available if you need help.

Another option is the 59km Drifters Wild Coast Trail, along the northern Wild Coast. It explores some of the best known landmarks of the area, as Cathedral Rock and Waterfall Bluff.

The Diaz Cross Trail extends for 80km, from Woody Cape in the Alexandria State Forest, going north via the Diaz Cross and Kenton-on-Sea to the mouth of the Great Fish River. On this trail, you’ll be able to enjoy luxury accommodation each night and porters carrying your bags.

Trail running is another growing activity in South Africa, and the Wild Coast’s varied landscape offers the perfect setting for this outdoor pursuit.

There are different trail running events taking place in the beautiful sceneries of the Wild Coast, like WildRun, a three day, 112km trail running stage race starting at the Great Kei River and finishing at the beautiful Hole-in-the-Wall.

Take a luxurious break from your adventurous along the Wild Coast

As you see, a variety of organised running and hiking events and packages are available, with overnight stops and accommodations from rustic, safari-style experiences, to much more pampered and luxurious in private lodges. Even if you are an adventure-seeker traveler, prefer exploring nature and hike rocky peaks, you might as well treat yourself with a more luxurious stop over the Wild Coast Sun Casino for some gambling excitement. However, before hitting the green table in the Plantation Room, you might as well practice a little bit in order not to lose your money. Online casinos are the solution, as you can play online taking advantage of bonuses and learning tips and trick to bet safely. Plus, there are different online casinos apps now that can be downloaded for the iphone which allow you to practice while you are on the go in a very easy and fun way.

The incredible natural beauty makes the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast ideal for hiking and running, discovering dramatic landscapes and rocky headlands.

After retaining his title at Red Bull LionHeart on Saturday, K-Way athlete AJ Calitz is ready for this weekend’s 100-kilometre Salomon Skyrun.

On Saturday, Calitz powered up and down Cape Town’s Lion’s Head during the prologue, heats and final to take overall honours – again. Set off in groups, Calitz enjoyed doubling-back on the route for the descent, which gave him a chance to see the gap gained on his rivals. He broke the record that he set last year to record a time of 26:46 for the 3.7-kilometre up-and-down route.

“I prefer working hard up and taking fewer risks down.” he says. “And yes, I pretty much go all out to the top.”

AJ Calitz

AJ tames the Lion Pic: Brett Nattrass

With Skyrun only days away, Calitz doesn’t expect to feel the effects of Red Bull LionHeart in his legs.

“With the amount of mountain training that I do, it shouldn’t affect me,” he says.

Calitz is a Skyrun novice and he goes into this self-supported, mountain ultra not knowing the route; he’s up against runners with experience of the Witteberg mountains.

Although the route is unmarked, competitors may run with GPS units to guide them to the well-known checkpoints at Olympus, Snowden, Avoca (the highest peak at 2,756m), Skidaw and Balloch. As the front runners will be up and over Balloch Wall before sunset, they’ll have the advantage of daylight to navigate the Bridal Pass, which takes them back on to the ridgeline. With more than 70-kilometres covered by this stage, they’ll have less than 30-kilometres to the finish at the Wartrail Country Club.

But there’s also more to the route than just hitting the remote mountain checkpoints and following ridgeline tracks. Some path options are more efficient than others and taking the wrong left or right route around a peak could cost unknowing contenders big chunks of time.

“I’m feeling pretty unprepared as far as the route goes,” Calitz says. “Luckily there are some guys racing who know the route very well so I’ll be hoping to stay with them.”

If Calitz’s race-winning and record-smashing track record is anything to go by, the guys racing would do well to stay with him.

The course record stands at 12h36, which was set in 2012 by Ryan Sandes. He took more than two hours off the previous record, which was set by fellow South African trail runner Iain Don-Wauchope in 2010.

To keep an eye on the race, follow Pure Adventures on Facebook and Twitter (@pureadventures) and also follow K-Way’s Facebook page (/kwaysa) for news of Calitz.

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