HIKING IN CAPE TOWN
Walking a Marathon by Moonlight in Pink Flashy Bras!, Dec 2012
As we drove to the start, the sun set before us with a fiery explosion.
This was never going to be an ordinary night….
Start: Slangkop Lighthouse, Kommetjie, 10pm!
In a last minute flurry we decorated Alon’s minibus support car with signs, flashing fairy lights, wired up bras and lots of bright pink ribbon bows. We organised our supplies, pulled tight our laces, threw our T-shirts in a heap, plumped up our racy bras and hit the road at pace. There was no time for wasting and it was now our turn to light up the road!
What a stir we caused right from the start! Kommetjie locals hearing our festive tunes and tempted with our flashy bobbing hips ran out there homes to find out what these crazy girls were doing. We sped past the informal settlement and opened stride as street lights disappeared and the road opened wide. Our first biggest fans were a couple of teenage boys… having snuck out the house to go to a party, they were now trying to walk the 5km home before their parents discovered them. They looked a little nervous taking us un to start but as our tunes became cooler soon they were leading us along the streets of Noordhoek laughing “our friends are never gonna believe we walked with girls in there bra’s..”
Next was the most majestic traverse of Chapmans Peak. It was amazing how easy it was to walk when you are inspired by beautiful friends around you and distracted by the liquid ink ocean rolling in its own rhythm. After a fun photo shoot by the fabulous Trevor Wilkins and his equally Super Sidekick Sally where we dared all to bare all!! we were soon heading for the half way mark! 21km down and all firing strong…..
The next half was a less simple adventure. By now legs began to ache and we started to compare the tweaks and the rubs. A little more attention to chocolate and a head down approach was what got us to the top of the “next big thing”: Suikerbossie. Coming down the other side was not much easier either! But from now on we started to be joined by fresh feet and faces! Girls not available to walk from the start started to step in line bringing with them so much energy and support that our mere aches and pains were shelved at the sight.
On and on we went…. with brains in our heads and feet in our shoes, we could steer ourselves in any direction we’d choose! Oh, the places we did go! ….. Llundudno, Clifton and on to Sea Point…. until you heard the “Whoops” : we had seen Moullie Point!
Like racehorses steered towards their stable, up went the pace! Up went the tunes and there was wild flashing of film! Last corner and we had done it! Woohoo!
Finish point: Moullie Point Lighthouse 43 km later! 6:30am
Then to Vida to celebrate!
No possible without….. the support crew, coach Marty in his signature fishnets, the enthusiastic photographers Trevor and Sally, those that came to show support, the smell of the sponsored Vida coffee at the end! THANK YOU!
But why??? you ask, are you girls marching a marathon in little but flashy bras??….. The 15 strong Sisterhood crew were inspired to raise money and awareness for an excellent breast cancer related charity programme. PROJECT FLAMINGO helps provide mastectomies to women who have aggressive breast cancer and who’s lives depend on timeous operations. Sadly they could have to wait up to 3 months for a procedure the rest of us would book in to have the following day. This project works with the excellent oncology clinic at Groote Schuur to provide extra surgeries after hours and on weekends to shorten the waiting list and literally save lives. The Sisterhood raised enough money in this challenge for 6 ladies to have their surgeries in the first week of January 2013. We wish them the best or their recovery.
The Sisterhood 3 Peaks Challenge, March 2012
This is sister Jules’s account of the day:
On Saturday 17th March, 14 intrepid Sisters, 4 trusty Sisterwoods and our amazing cameraman, Neil Hermann met at dawn at the end of Tafelberg road with one common goal in mind; to climb the magnificent 3 peaks of Cape Town – Devils Peak, Table Mountain and Lions Head.
Packs were double checked, water was doused with electrolyte mix and excitement levels were high, despite the cold, dark 6.30am start. The sun was just rising and the route was still murky in the early dawn, but we carefully picked our way upwards taking in the view and waking up to the idea that we have to keep walking for the next 9 hours! Oh my word, what had we let ourselves in for?
The ascent of Devils Peak was remarkably quick considering it was meant to be the hardest part of the hike and we stormed the summit with relative ease in just 1h15mins. As the sun broke through over the Cape Flats, with the beath‑taking views in every direction, it didn’t take much work for Kirsty tp persuade Cameraman Neil that a tasteful topless shoot would be fun. With the wind picking up, temperatures barely in the mid teens we stripped off to our shorts and Red Socks and posed on top of the Beacon for the fastest snapshot of the day.
The crew moved on down the Saddle and over to the slow and arduous climb up Platteklip Gorge. Zigzagging across the mountain face we inched slowly higher, legs burning as the temperatures rose and tummies began to rumble. Picnic time came at the top of the gorge with giggles all around when Charlie brought out the smallest bag of biltong on the planet and proceeded to offer it around to all his Angels. It is still a wonder and possibly a small miracle that he actually made it home with some to spare.
We pushed on to Maclears Beacon to celebrate Peak 2. The red-socked-pink-topped snake of hikers wound their way like a centipede along Smuts track, passed round the reservoirs and descended Table Mountain via Kasteelpoort. Talk about the long way round!
From here the views of Camps Bay and our final destination, Lions Head looked terrifyingly distant yet strangely alluring. We stumbled down on weary legs carried by the amazing energy of the group, so positive, so cohesive, so uplifting that the smiles, chat and camaraderie fuelled us on. Not much further to go… along the Pipe Track and the end was in sight.
Lions Head, the relatively baby slope by comparison to what we had already mastered, proved a deceptively daunting final hurdle. Each at their own pace, flanked by friends who had come to support us up the last big push, we set off headstrong up the hill. Despite some people “hitting the wall”, through amazing teamwork, constant support and incredible collective energy of the team, we all reached the summit. Elation, joy, jubilation and an overwhelming sense of achievement overtook us all and as the champagne corks popped we knew we had conquered something we would never forget.
Here’s to all the hikers for achieving something extraordinary…..3 peaks, 9 hours, 45kms…………we did it! SA Sisters have shown the world… we have the “gees!”.
Onwards and upwards to the next challenge…..
Thanks to Neil Hermann for his generosity in giving of his time and skills. We are sure you will agree awesome footage!
The Sisterhood SA is starting to grow!
We explore different adventure hikes each week…
There is nothing quite like watching the sunrise from Lions Head, discovering a secret beaches and lakes on top of the mountain, or racing each other to the bottom of Muizenberg Peak to hit the waves for a surf.
Who would go to gym and waste time on a stair master when Table Mountain is on your doorstep? The girls plan the hikes and the boys like to follow… of course they do…