Special Stage 5
5Special Stage 5 Silvermine West30 November 2020
We head to back to the magnificent tracks and trails of Silvermine Nature Reserve for Special Stage 5, but this time the West (dam) side. Entries will open on the 10th Oct. Race from 1st - 30th Nov.
Kicking off from the main carpark closest to Silvermine Dam, it's a rude uphill start as we make our way up and onto Steenberg Ridge. At it's end we turn onto the Elephant's Eye trail heading towards the fire lookout. At the fire lookout we break off the Elephant's eye trail and trundle along the access track back onto the main Silvermine jeep track and head up to the start of the Panorama route. After a section of this trail we bear up again and climb to Noordhoek Peak before starting a long descent down and along Crassula Edge to pick up 'Spider Alley'. Eventually we turn back to catch the final section of the River Walk to the finish. Time for a swim in the dam!
Kicking off from the main carpark closest to Silvermine Dam, it's a rude uphill start as we make our way up and onto Steenberg Ridge. At it's end we turn onto back towards the Silvermine Dam, ending up on it's beautiful boardwalks for a short time before another rude climb to the apex of 'Spider Alley' as it's fondly known (be the first to run this in the morning and you will find out why!). After a short climb onto Silvermine Plateau we eventually connect with the final section of the Silvermine River Walk to the finish. Time for a swim in the dam!
Kicking off from the main carpark closest to Silvermine Dam, it's a rude uphill start as we make our way up and onto Steenberg Ridge. At it's end we turn onto the Elephant's Eye trail heading towards the fire lookout. At the fire lookout we start the long, leg busting ascent of Constantiaberg. From the top it's a steep technical descent to the top of Blackburn Ravine before turning back to connect with the main Silvermine West track. From here it's a steady climb up to Noordhoek Peak before starting a long descent down and along Crassula Edge to pick up 'Spider Alley'. At the bottom of Spider Alley we traverse South to connect with the Ou Wapad. We follow the Ou Wapad to the bottom of the River Walk which we follow all the way up to finish at the top of the trail. Time for a swim in the dam!
WILDRUNNER TRAIL RUNNING GRADING SYSTEM (WTG)
Download the WTG here.
The Wildrunner Trail Grading system (WTG), was developed in 2009 and designed to help you make informed decisions on trail running events around the country. Unlike road running, trail running routes and races have many more facets to them, making them either harder or longer (in time) than you may expect.
Every race/event should give you the total distance and accumulative ascent, but using road running sense to work out your time based on these factors alone would be a mistake!
The three primary 'trail factors' affecting your overall time and effort on a trail run are as follows:
1. Terrain difficulty (easy or tricky?)
2. % single track/off-road to on-road (how much on difficult terrain?)
3. Route severity (how steep?)
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The three factors mentioned above have been expanded into an easy three part grading system. Each trail factor is listed below with the descriptions. Look out for races with a WTG and use this guide to make informed decisions.
'Technical' terrain = trail that is ‘busy’, that requires extensive concentration and trail running technique - for example a rocky hiking path, or a 4x4 track.
'Off-trail'= Describes sections that do not have any obvious or established route, for example a river bed, grass field or a section of beach.
'Single-track' = Describing a trail that is narrow and typically only wide enough for one runner to run on at a time and in single file. Examples of typical single track would be a hiking trail, mountain bike trail, game trail, livestock trail
Cape Winter Trail Series® - Tygerberg Nature Reserve: YELLOW 8B
Gauteng Summer Trail Series® - Leeuwenkloof: ORANGE 7A
Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge 36km: GREEN 8B
Skyrun 100km: RED 9B
All Wildrunner events (www.wildrunner.co.za) carry this grading system - look out for the grading on the event listing.
PART 1: TERRAIN DIFFICULTY
YELLOW = Easy, non-technical terrain, all on established trails and tracks
ORANGE= Moderately easy terrain, short sections of ‘technical’ terrain but largely easy running, all on established trails and tracks
GREEN = Moderate challenging terrain, with a mix of ‘technical’ and ‘non technical’ terrain, mostly on established trails and tracks but may or may not have extended sections regarded as being ‘off-trail’
BROWN = Moderately difficult terrain, more ‘technical’ terrain than ‘non-technical’ terrain, challenging but mostly on established trails and tracks although may or may not have extended sections regarded as being ‘off-trail’
RED = Difficult terrain, majority ‘technical’ terrain that is extremely demanding, may or may not have large sections on un-established trails and tracks
PART 2: % SINGLE TRACK/OFF-ROAD
1 = 1-10%
2 = 11-20%
4 = 31-40%
5 = 41-50%
6 = 51-60%
7 = 61-70%
8 = 71-80%
9 = 81-90%
10 = 91-100%
PART 3: ROUTE SEVERITY
A = Mostly runnable gradient
B = Mostly runable gradient, but has some steep ascent and descent that may require walking
C = Lots of steep ascent and descent that may require walking