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31 October 2020

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4Special Stage 4 Table Mountain Northface31 October 2020

What would a Trail Series® Phantom Rally be without a special stage on the north face of a global icon!  Table Mountain here we come.  Entries open 10th Sep, Routes released 25th Sep, results accepted for stage attempts from 1 - 31st October 2020.

How does the Phantom Rally work?

 

Short

Distance | 5.7km +362m
Start Time | Any!
Cost | R100
Grading | Yellow 7B i

Long

Distance | 11.1km +815m
Start Time | Any!
Cost | R110
Grading | Yellow 7B i

XL

Distance | 15.5km +1170m
Start Time | Any!
Cost | R120
Grading | Green 8B i

Long

It’s open jeep track to start as we undulate our way along the lower, Deer Park slopes above the city bowl.  This traverse culminates with a short steep ascent to Tafelberg road.  After a relatively short stint with bitchumen, we turn up again on the Devil’s Peak path to gain access onto the contour path.  After a beautiful traverse along the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak, we climb sharply to ‘Oppelskop’ and on to gain the 580m contour back to the Devil’s Peak saddle.  From here it’s a spectacular jaunt along the contour path, past Silverstream, Platteklip & India Venster, all the way to Kloof Corner.  From here it’s a final romp down the lower slopes of Kloof Corner to the finish on Tafelberg Road.

How does the Phantom Rally work?

Short

It’s open jeep track to start as we undulate our way along the lower, Deer Park slopes above the city bowl.  This traverse culminates with a short steep ascent to Tafelberg road.  After a brief interlude with bitchumen, we turn up again, this time climbing on hiking trail up to Table Mountains contour path.  From here it’s a spectacular jaunt along the contour path, past India Venster and all the way to Kloof Corner.  From here it’s a final romp down the lower slopes of Kloof Corner to the finish on Tafelberg Road.

How does the Phantom Rally work?

XL

We open the stage along the lower, Deer Park slopes above the city bowl.  This jeep track traverse culminates with a short steep ascent to Tafelberg road.  After a relatively short stint on bitchumin, we turn up again on the Devil’s Peak path to gain access onto the contour path.  After a beautifull traverse along the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak, we climb sharply on Mowbray Ridge before branching off right on the 700m contour path.  We follow this lesser known traverse all the way to around and down to the Devil’s Peak saddle.  From here it’s a spectacular jaunt along the contour path, past Silverstream, Platteklip & India Venster, all the way to Kloof Corner.  From here it’s a final romp down the lower slopes of Kloof Corner to the finish on Tafeberg Road.

How does the Phantom Rally work?

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.

DEFINITIONS:
'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

FOR EXAMPLE:
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%
3= 21-30%
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