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in this issue

1 min.
blaze your own adventure

trailza trailmag trailmag.co.za A 100% independent South African magazine, published quarterly. cover René Vollgraaff braves the mid-June Highveld winter in short sleeves at Cradle Moon near Johannesburg. photo Lourens Reyneke CONTACT TRAIL MAGAZINE Publisher Deon Braun | deon@trailmag.co.za Editorial Heloise | editorial@trailmag.co.za 087 152 0103 Advertising Deon | ads@trailmag.co.za 082 377 4669 Event listings Race info to calendar@trailmag.co.za Address 64 Feilden Drive, Glenmore, Durban, 4001 Marketing Editorial Call us SUBSCRIPTIONS (Amazon, App Store, Google Play, Magzter, Zinio) Help Please contact the help desk of the platform you purchased from. PHOTOGRAPHERS Lourens Reyneke (cover), Grobler Basson, Dewald Booyse, Elmari Briedenhann, Grant Bryant, Iselle Combrink, Becky Daniel, Jannas du Plessis, Abbey Elstob, Frances Fuchs, Simon le Roux, Charmaine Lingard, Llewellyn Lloyd, Eugenie Luck, Mediatic Studios, Lucky Miya, Elna Moodie, Sven Musica, Kirsten Oliver, Phonix Capture, Fred Richardson, Nicola Rodger, Vanessa Sandes, Patric Schöchlin, Mvule Sikhakhane, Claire van der Walt,…

1 min.
evolving with the times

It’s incredible how humans adapt. It’s bizarre to think of the reaction your past-self would have to your description of 2020 so far. And yet, here you are! Resilient, adaptive, rolling within the limits of freedom, before returning triumphantly to your happy place. I’m proud of you. And I am proud of us, Deon and myself. And the rest of the industry which has certainly not benefitted from the pandemic, lockdown, economic limitations, and all the other falling dominoes. This magazine, as you’ll see, is very much a product of the time it was made. I hope that you’ll open it up again in a year or two, and shake your head with a smile at what you survived. I’ve learned to love working from home, avoiding the commute. I’ve learned that I find…

1 min.
welcome to the start

Howzit! Welcome to business as unusual. In the words of Lenin, “There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.” It’s safe to say we are experiencing the latter right now. Within this tumultuous frame, thank you for taking the time and effort to support the first digitalonly issue of TRAIL magazine. I knew that changing the reading experience did risk losing you, but here you are! Yes, there is pleasure in holding a print magazine in your hands, but I trust you find the digital reading experience a different kind of pleasure. I hope that you find this labour of love just as engaging and inspiring as before, but easier to read wherever you go. While it is a risk for us, it’s a small price to pay for…

2 min.
my life my photos

SPREAD YOUR WINGS Competitive trail runner and physiotherapist Tarrin van Niekerk set out at 7am for a 30km Magaliesberg run. “Lockdown really reminded me how much I love wide open spaces. My first day back on the mountain trails was all about appreciating the journey an and glorious views.” Cornelius van Niekerk, Centurion trailphysioza FARM LOCKDOWN BLISS Chris de Villiers, shot by his brother, Jacques. They ran trails along the Orange River near their parents’ Northern Cape farm. “This photo was taken after we did some bouldering to reach a plateau with spectacular views of the Orange River and surrounding valleys. I was on such an adrenaline rush after reaching the top and decided to take a leap between the boulders. Luckily, Jacques w was ready with the camera!” Jacques de Villiers, Prieska BACKYARD BLISS Demetri took to the Witzenberg…

6 min.
my words my viewpoint

letters@trailmag.co.za FINDING STOKE “Dude! Sorry man. Stuck in my head. Not sure I am going to finish this. Just going to take it peak by peak and probably bail at 20km. Sorry for wasting your time.” It was 4am and I was in the parking lot of the Virgin Active in George. In a few minutes, I was about to recce the George 6 Peaks FKT Challenge route, solo. Not stoked. Fortunately, I had a guide for the first peak, or else I would have driven home. My guide was Willem Haarhof. After a quick coffee, we were on our way to the top of Vensterberg (1,132m). As we hiked, I dwelled on the past. A week earlier, my goal run, Addo Elephant Trail Run, ended terribly. So terribly that I had lost the…

1 min.

In the early hours of Friday 17 April, Ryan Sandes ran into the front door of his home in Noordhoek, Cape Town for approximately the 1,463rd time to complete 100 miles (160km) in 26h and 27min. “It was a lot tougher than I expected,” Ryan confessed to his wife Vanessa after completing the run at 3:42am. “I’m pretty relieved that it’s finished.” His loop was just over 100m long and included stairs. Those added up: over the 160km he covered more than 4,500m of ascent! It wasn’t for a particular virtual event, but rather a personal challenge. He was rethinking personal achievement in the face of lockdown, as all other South Africans were too. redbull.com…