Conditions like these dont happen very often. For two days Cape Town had been buried beneath a layer of fog that had swept in off the cold Atlantic ocean and covered Cape Town from mountain range to mountain range. Even the airport had to shut its doors because the fog was too thick for the planes to land safely.
The temptation to get out there for a morning run up to the beacon on Chapmans Peak was huge because I was convinced it would be above the clouds, but work beckoned and I had to let it go, vowing that I would get out by Friday evening.
And the decision did not disappoint. A last minute call to good friend and fellow-runner Jean and we hit the slopes to the beacon to capture the sunset. It was unbelievable, I have not seen a sunset like that for a very long time and the photos hardly do it justice. I did feel sorry for the beautiful big round full moon that normally has everyones focus, it had some serious competition out there that evening!
Thanks too to Jean for capturing some incredible pics.
The route up to the beacon is one of my absolute favourite routes, from my front door its just over an hour to the beacon – who can fault that for a local run! Shortly after leaving Noordhoek the trail winds up the Chapmans Peak mountainside, traversing around the front of thefamous peak offering magnificent views across Hout Bay to Table Mountain. It then rises along a ridge and winds its way around the back on the Noordhoek side before topping out at the beacon.