Kleintafelberg 4x4 14 - 16 August 2020
In the midst of lockdown level 3, 4x4 Cape members ventured out to the Klein Tafelberg 4x4 trail situated between the towns of Aurora and Redelingshuys on the weekend of 14 to 16 August 2020.
A collective total of 18 club members and 4 guest undertook the trip to the West Coast in search of the great outdoors, some good company and to live the 4x4 route.
Situated in the Sandveld area, the trail offers a mix of sand and bits of rocky terrain that offers the 4x4 enthusiast a really great experience. After a drivers briefing, members and guest undertook the trail on the Saturday morning with it offering early challenges to participants. With some overnight rain, the ground conditions, in particular the sand, offered the thought that the route would be less of a challenge than that if experienced in the hotter summer months. Save to say that the ride was better but did not allow one to be fooled into the thought that it would be any easier. Strip away the top sand layer and behind that, the course woke you up to the need for higher levels of concentration, appropriate tyre pressures and gear selection.
Early recovery of one vehicle (stuck in the sand) paid testimony to the challenges this course brings and not too long thereafter, another vehicle recovery (a concentration lapse) had members in observation for a short while. Some interesting new twist to the route made the experience more exciting to those who have previously driven the route and for the newbies, a great challenge.
Conditions over the trail on the day saw a mixture of overcast weather, some sunshine and light rain over the +- 20km route, making the venture out an interesting one. Some time spent at the crest of the route had members talking through the challenges and readying themselves for the return leg back to the campsite.
An early Saturday evening collective get together around the boma saw members enjoying good company around the fire with meals being prepared, generous laughter and good banter around the day’s events. Late nights chats, the heat of a fire against chilly weather was a reminder of what 4x4 Cape is all about.
Sunday morning brought some welcoming sunshine, some goodbyes and safe return travelling to city mayhem.
• Take it slow;
• Only one voice at a recovery;
• Ensure that you have the right tyre pressure;
• This is 4x4, not 4x2;
• Choose the right line;
• Recovery gear is a must in your vehicle;
• Have fun.
• Six club vehicles + 1 other on the trail;
• Time spent on the trail – +-3,5 hours;
• 2 Recoveries;
• Weather – cloudy with intermittent rain and sunshine;
• Trail conditions – moist sand.
Outrekpad4x4 Training 17 October 2020
Outrekpad – 17 October 2020
Picture this: an overcast Saturday morning, a stretch of 4x4’s of all shapes and sizes lined up and a group of guys and gals together (within acceptable social distance of course, wink). Some sipping on coffee, others just chatting away. Yes, these are the Saturday mornings the 4x4 Cape Club live for; and this particular morning we were all anticipating our adventure at Outrekpad. For many of us it was our first time on the track, which can always be a bit daunting when you are not sure what you should expect. Although, knowing we were in the capable hands of Craig Parsons put our minds at ease and excitement soon took over.
As we gathered under the lapa to go through the safety briefing there were a lot of impatient adventurists wanting to hit the road, but wait – take caution and soak yourself with bug spray because there are some nasty goggas here, such as the horsefly! Then, let the fun begin!
The track is not something I will describe as incredibly technical although there is some water crossings and muddy patches. Unfortunately, we were not challenged enough in this area though, due to the elusive rain the last week. So, mostly it was playing in the sand, a couple of hardened muddy tracks, and two or more steep climbs that challenged a new model Jeep and seasoned Amarok.
As the sun broke through the clouds the driving fun was coming to an end and the other fun started – a good social around the fire, some cold drinks and lekka braaivleis!
What another awesome day out with the 4x4 Club Family!
Jakkalskloof 4x4 20 March 2021
Jakkals kloof 4x4
Saturday 20th March the trail started at 9.15am after a drivers briefing.
Leading the pack was a visitor to the club Chad with Craig accompanying him. Colin and Heather next with Russel and Ashley behind and Lindsey as the tail gunner.
At the start of the trail we spotted wildebeest and springbok and a giraffe. These were the only animals we spotted on the trial even though Lindsey tried to convince us all that he had spotted a leopard. This had us all looking to 5 ‘ o clock only to realise that he was joking even after claiming to have taken a photo.
The sand trail wound its way through the scrubby bush down into the valley and dry river bed where we proceeded to drive through donga obstacles, or better expressed as hairpin bends on a slope in the bush. We all got through this part ok and proceeded to an obstacle called the Longdrop which was not a toilet break. Continuing along the river bed looking for snakes and birds the convoy had to stop because Russel thought that he had punctured tyre. Fortunately for Russel it was a false alarm and all he needed was a little more air in a very deflated tyre and we continued on our way. It was at this point that Russel requested I mention his name at least 30 times in this write up. Russel I will try.
The trail took us out of the river bed by passing a couple of water holes which were parched waiting in anticipation of the next rain season.
The next obstacle we arrived upon looked easy enough so after some assessment Chad took the lead and got his Ford stuck. His rear bumper got caught on the rocks leaving his car in a situation which took a team effort of trying different recovery ideas to get him out. Russel tried to pull him out and this did not work so Lindsay stepped in with his Toyota Fortuner and pulled him out and he took the bypass. Colin and Lindsay both took on the challenge and succeeded in getting through.
After this we took a slow drive up out of the river bed and up to the lookout point. Here we stopped for a while and admired the view of the surrounding country side. Kleintafelberg 4x4 and the sea in the distance easily identified.
Finally it was time to return to camp where after some R&R the other 4x4 route was selected. This is a rock route behind the camp. Colin split his new front left tyre through the rock section. Time for an emergency spare to be fitted and back to camp we headed. Heather was on alert as we came into camp and Colins puncture did not go down very well. Fortunately within minutes a spare tyre was fitted and the vehicle ready for the homeward trip the next day.
After all was said and done we gathered around the camp fire at the boma for a time of laughter and geleskap.
Fun time was had by all.
Thank you to the organisers for another great 4x4Cape Weekend.