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Helderberg Mountain Challenge – 19 May 2013

May 14, 2013


Looking for something energetic to do this weekend? Then look no further than our local Helderberg Nature Reserve where the Helderberg Mountain Challenge (HMC) takes place this Sunday.

The HMC is a 15 km mountain trail run of epic proportion: with over 900 m of vertical height gain to the summit over a distance of 6.5 km, and 430 m of that in the last 1.75 km it’s a real uphill challenge, set to get your heart pounding and your legs pumping.

This stunning location has everything to offer: forest, incredible fynbos, boulder hopping near the summit, narrow ridge line running, incredible views, tricky slopes and traverses below huge rock faces.

The run starts off zig-zagging up the lower slopes to the base of the closest peak in this narrow band of mountains called West Peak.  This is a mixture of mountain jeep-track and hiking trails.  From the forest in Disa Gorge, you follow a hiking trail all the way up to the summit, using the spectacular Porcupine Buttress.  Near the top you will go through Rockjumper Alley before topping out.  Then from the summit of West Peak at 1003m there’s a fast descent through numerous rock bands to the shoulder of West Peak.

Once off the main summit block and below the last rock band you turn onto ‘Woodies Walk’ for a magnificent meander below the massive vertical faces of West Peak. Then it’s a slippery slide through the top end of Disa George, before the fast mix of jeep track and hiking trail back to the start/finish – including some fun in the botanical garden section.

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And if this is not tough enough…
Take on the Helderberg Mountain Challenge EXTREME – 24 km of mountain challenge that takes in both the 1131 m Helderberg Dome, and the 1003 m West Peak (twice) – and includes contouring around the Central Peaks – before descending the same route at the end of the HMC.

Or maybe something a little gentler…
Why not try the Helderberg Mountain Run (HMR), a 10.75 km trail run, still with a challenging  600m vertical gain approximately, through the lower slopes of the Helderberg Nature Reserve.  This will take you through some of the same thrilling paths and tracks, without quite so much of an effort.

And it’s all for a good cause, with proceeds being raised for the Friends of Helderberg Nature Reserve, to directly benefit their conservation efforts.

These thrilling events are brought to you by Wildrunner – trail running event specialists.


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