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!