To Hell and Back

Lorna and some of her friends recently did a mountain bike race called "To Hell and Back". This race goes via the Swartberg pass down into the Gamkaskloof (also known as "Die Hel"). It is a two day race with day 1 going to the Gamkaskloof and day 2 being back out.

This used to be an isolated community that only got a proper road in the 60s. Before then you had to walk in and out of the valley. I borrowed my brother's bakkie and drove in with Pippa to support the riders and see this unique place.

The Road to Hell

The Road to Hell (by Louis Rossouw)

The route starts near the Cango Caves and goes over the pass...

On the Swartberg Pass (by Louis Rossouw)

Then it turns off the pass and heads towards the valley...

Jaaa, boet, the road to hell is not easy! (by Louis Rossouw)

The big last climb of the day is called Heartbreak Hill

Heart Break Hill (by Louis Rossouw)

After this the trail goes down into the Gamkaskloof.

Gamkaskloof (by Louis Rossouw)

At the finish

Jimmy (by Louis Rossouw)

Jean-Louis (by Louis Rossouw)

Lorna finished! (by Louis Rossouw)

Swimming at the river

Everyone on the other side! (by Louis Rossouw)

Dirty Rich (by Louis Rossouw)

Tight fit in the back (by Louis Rossouw)

Out of hell...

Gamkaskloof (by Louis Rossouw)

Pippa and I went by the Cango Caves too...

The Organ & Cleopatra's Needle (by Louis Rossouw)

Rainbow Room (by Louis Rossouw)

At the finish again

Jimmy finishing! (by Louis Rossouw)

Rupert finishing (by Louis Rossouw)

Lorna Ruth & Dave finishing (by Louis Rossouw)

See all the photos here.


Guy Fawkes

On Guy Fawkes Kerry Petrie, her brother and some friends set of a bunch of fireworks on Clovelly Beach near Fish Hoek. I took some pictures but completely didn't do it justice. Here are a few and the rest can be found here.

Representation of Guy Fawkes (or maybe just a fire?)


Fireworks! (by Louis Rossouw)

Sandy, Pippa & Lorna

Sandy Lorna & Pippa (by Louis Rossouw)


Fire (by Louis Rossouw)


Birthday Braai

Had my birthday the other day. Had a braai at my place. Weather wasn't perfect but I had a great evening nonetheless.

Here are some photos. The rest can be found on flickr.

Got some toy choppers as a gift and these were top entertainment. Fillet turned out pretty nice. Music and wine were also good. Quality of pictures definitely show the impact of wine.

Chopper entertainment

Jacque staring down the chopper (by Louis Rossouw)

Karin & Corinna

Karin & Corinna (by Louis Rossouw)
Eating eyeballs!

Eating an eyeball (by Louis Rossouw)

Warming up

By the fire (by You)

Erik & Janis

Janis & Erik (by Louis Rossouw)


Malan (by Louis Rossouw)


Johan (by Louis Rossouw)

I uhm... slipped...

Oops on the floor! (by Louis Rossouw)

Pulling faces

Smile (by Louis Rossouw)

On facebook


Sundowners in Hout Bay

Andrew & Jeubel organised a walk up Lion's Head on Friday to coincide with the full moon. This had to be moved to Hout Bay due to a last minute fog hitting Lion's Head. We drove up a bit on Chapman's Peak and parked at the East Fort.

Here are a few pictures (you can see all of them on flickr).

Walking up we were spoilt with sunset over The Sentinel plus some whales having fun in the bay.

Walking up (by You)

A whale! (by Louis Rossouw)

A short stop (by You)

Lazula (by You)

The Sentinel of Hout Bay (by You)

At the top we had a few drinks

Cheers! (by You)

Plus some more shots of the Sentinel and the Slangkop Lighthouse at Kommetjie.

The Sentinel of Hout Bay (by You)

The Sentinel of Hout Bay (by Louis Rossouw)

The Sentinel of Hout Bay (by Louis Rossouw)