The Outeniqua Hiking Trail is a spectacular trail and can be conquered as a series of day walks or over a full seven day period, starting at Beervlei in the upper reaches of the Park and ending at Harkerville in the East between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay or as the Outeniqua Quest Trail Run non stop.
This trail carves its way in the cool shade of undulating indigenous forest with rustic huts, a stop-over, for those endeavoring the seven day trek, or as an alternative starting point for those day walkers relative to the level of challenge you desire. The overnight cabins are regularly stocked with firewood.
As darkness falls, the once blue sky, through pockets of forest, fynbos and different vegetation types during the day; now exposes a brilliant black sky pitted with billions of stars, buffered with the sounds of surrounding nocturnal activity. Perfect whether you are a stargazing astrologist, star-crossed lovers just seeking a romantic getaway or simply bonding with friends.
For those who have love for the sea, this trail makes its way down to the coast where beautiful rock formations may be explored, photographs taken or picnics enjoyed. Sea caves are often visible along this portion of the trail and tell of the sheer landscaping power of the Indian Ocean. This trail offers an unforgettable experience sure to leave walkers reeling with euphoria.
The Outeniqua Quest is a 4 day trail run on the 108 km Outeniqua Hiking Trail in the Garden Route National Park, Western Cape, South Africa. More than 100km of pure trails will have you traversing sections of the Outeniqua Mountains and the indigenous Forests of Knysna and surroundings while you are exploring the full length of the Outeniqua hiking trail. It is well known that there are a few very shy Knysna Elephants along the 108km hiking trails, you might just spot them in the distances between the indigenous trees…
Mont Blanc Qualifier with 5 points for the Non Stop.
A pristine and very special Trail run in the Garden Route National Park of SANParks, South Africa. Run on the pristine 108 km (normally a 7 day hike) Outeniqua Hiking Trail. No big gravel roads, only single track and jeep tracks for 108km.
3 Options to choose from:
108km Non Stop, see event Outeniqua Quest non stop and ultra
Ultra 48km, see event Outeniqua Quest non stop and Ultra
4 Day Trail Run, fully catered
Start Date for 4 Day Option: 27-30 April 2018
Start Date for 108km Non Stop and Ultra: 29 April
Registration Venue: Ebb and Flow Wilderness National Park
Event Format for the 4 day Option: Solo’s, Only 20 runners due to limited space at the huts
4 Day Daily Distances :
Day1: Beervlei Hut to Windmeulnek Hut – 16,40km; Elevation gain 910m
Day2: Windmeulnek Hut – Millwood Hut – 32,45km; Elevation gain 1265m
Day3: Millwood Hut to Diepwalle Hut – 29,90km; Elevation gain 1303m
Day4: Diepwalle Hut to Harkerville Hut – 29,27km; Elevation gain 757m
Total distance: 108,02km
Total Elevation gain: 4235m
Outeniqua Quest included in the pre-entry fee:
– Unforgettable trail running along the scenic Outeniqua Hiking Trail
– Permissions and permits from SanParks to run on the pristine 108km Trail
– Permission and permits from Cape Pine
– Events fees for each person to SanParks for using the full Outeniqua Hiking Trail
– Booking of the Hiking huts for each person along the Outeniqua hiking Trail
– Well marked and set out routes
– Well stocked Water tables at each of the 6 hiking huts along the way
– Water table at the finish
– Goodie Bag with a Technical garment
– Medical and emergency services on standby
– Finishers medal
– Generosity and great atmosphere of SanParks Nature Area
– Professional photographer
R4900.00 for the 4 Day Option: Includes 4 days’s meals for from Lunch on the 27th to Lunch on the 30th, 3 nights of accommodation in hiking huts.
R2900 for the Non Stop Option (does not include any accommodation, only light meals at the huts)
R1800 for the Ultra (does not include any accommodation, only light meals at the huts), Ultra finish at Millwood, close to Rheenendal and you must arrnge your own transport back from Millwood please.
Registration for the 4 Day Trail run:
Pre-entries close 1 April 2018, no late entries will be allowed. Registration Thursday 26 April 2018 Ebb and Flow Wilderness National Park (please book your own accommodation for evening before the Trail Run start)
Prizes and Categories:
No Prizes for the 4 day, it is a Tour
Compulsory Equipment for all the Outeniqua Quest runners (for your own safety):
As a precaution, we would like you to carry the following compulsory equipment with you during the race. It is for your own personal safety. There will be a Kit check before the Tour starts. Please adhere to the following:
-Cell phone (on roaming please), zip lock bag to keep phone dry
-Long Thermal base layer (pants and top)
-Headlamp with enough spare batteries
-Sunscreen (factor 50)
-Outer shell jacket (waterproof)
-First aid kit
Please ensure that you have the compulsory equipment with you at all times during the race as conditions change quickly up in the mountains.
For all information contact Janine on firstname.lastname@example.org
Enter / Register
Athletes wanting to cancel will forfeit the following part of their entry fee:
50% of the entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received before 31 January 2018.
No refunds will be done from 1 February 2018.
Athletes cancelling may transfer their entry to another person, but that person will have to accept that changes to sizes etc. of clothing in the goody bag may not be able to be made if they are not available – when goody bags are applicable.
20% of Entry fee will be charged for any transfers for admin costs.
Entries may unfortunately not be transferred to 2019.
Contact Janine to finalise this: email@example.com
Online Coaching / Training Programme
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By capitalising on the intersection between individual ability, the science of athletic performance and the latest technology, Wingman Coaches work with each athlete to help them not only set, but also attain their personal sporting goals. Personal programmes are created for your unique level, fitness and available training time.
Slowest to fastest, biggest to smallest, beginner to pro – there is a programme that is not only designed for you, but is responsive to your body as you train. Weekly feedback is provided using the leading online platform, Training Peaks, to design, deliver and adapt each athletes programme. The user-friendly nature of the application and its seamless integration with other training equipment and platforms ensures that going high tech with your training does not mean going high maintenance.
The value of this innovative, individually responsive approach is illustrated by the high levels of success attained by the Wingman athletes at events across the country – with multiple podium positions and countless personal bests smashed. Per illustration, a recent study on 70.3 Ironman (East London) athletes showed that Wingman male athletes performed significantly better than their non-Wingman counterparts in the event.
We have teamed up with CarTrip, a company that offers an internet-based platform that allows drivers and passengers to easily arrange lifts together. We encourage you to visit their website www.cartrip.co.za and find out more about this exciting new service. It provides a much-needed facility for our members to arrange lifts or offer lifts to various running events or even to and from our club.
Almost 70% of people that enter events drive to the venue on their own so it makes sense that our participants share their vehicles with other participants coming to the event.
The benefits of sharing rides to the event include:
- You are able to meet fellow participants who share your passion for running.
- If you are a driver you can recoup some or all of your petrol costs by offering a lift.
- If you need a lift it will cost a fraction of the cost of travelling there with your own car.
- Ladies can get lifts with lady drivers only if they prefer.
- More parking and less congestion at the event as there will be fewer cars.
- With fewer cars on the road, it helps our environment by reducing CO2 emissions.
So if you’re travelling alone to any of the running events or if you’re looking for a lift to an event then go to www.cartrip.co.za. You will see a dropdown tab with all the events listed, just select your event and enter your ride details. You can also email them with details of an event if it is not listed. We do suggest that you read through their FAQ’s should you have any questions on how it works and we look forward to our members embracing this opportunity presented by CarTrip.
Please check out the Route Profiles here
Day 1 : Beervlei Hut to Windmeulnek Hut
Distance: 16.40 km
Day 2 : Windmeulnek Hut to Millwood
Day 3 : Millwood Hut to Diepwalle
Day 4 : Diepwalle Hut to Harkerville
Outeniqua Quest 2018 Route summary:
Total distance: 108,02km
Elevation gain: 4235m
Full Outeniqua Quest profile:
Pre-Race Accommodation is not included in this race. You can contact Ebb and Flow Wilderness National Park, in Wilderness.
If you have any queries please feel free to direct them to Janine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule for Outeniqua Quest 4 Day Trail Run (See Schedule for the Non Stop and Ultra under the event Outeniqua Quest Non Stop and Ultra
17:00 – 19:00: Registration at Ebb and Flow Wilderness National Park
19:00: Race briefing at Ebb and Flow Wilderness national Park (compulsory for all Competitors). Snacks will be available.
6:30 Drive to Hakerville with your own car, leave cars at Hakerville(security will be provided) – about an hour drive
7:30 Bus leaves from Hakerville to Beervlei hut (Start venue)
8:30: Final Briefing at Beervlei Hut
9:00: Run start for Outeniqua Quest 4 day Trail run
Finish at Windmeulnek, Lunch and Dinner
8:00 Start at Windmeulnek.
Lunch pack at Platbos
Finish at Millwood, Dinner at Millwood
6:30 Breakfast at Milwood
7:30 Start at Millwood
Lunch pack at Rondebossie
Finish at Diepwalle, Dinner at Diepwalle
6:30 Breakfast at Diepwalle
7:30 Start at Diepwalle
Lunch pack at Fisantehoek
Finish at Hakerville
14H00 Cut off at Hakerville
Drive back with your own transport to Wilderness
16:00 Prize Giving at Fairy Knowe hotel
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