Desert Trail Blogging

Running in Sand

By Altie Clark Running in sand is hard.  Running in sand with a 10 kg backpack is very hard.  Running in sand, in 45 degree Celsius heat with a 10 kg backpack is extremely hard.  Running in sand, in 45 degree Celsius heat, with a 10 kg backpack on day 4 of a 250 km...

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Desert Running – Training to “Run” KAEM

By Dirk Cloete Desert running requires physical stamina, endurance and mental tenacity. However, training to run through the desert is quite important if you want to have a successful race. According to the statistics of Racing the Planet, the company who presents the...

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Food Tips for Self-sufficient 7 Day Event

Blind adventurer Geoff Hilton-Barber, who has completed the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon five times, compiled this suggested Food and Packing List. Introduction This food list/menu is intended only as a guide to people who are participating in the Kalahari...

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KAEM Day 1

  Day 1 – Saturday 15 Oct 6.30am Hey George, there is a cloud in the sky. Remember it, Edward, remember it. The waiting is over. We jump out of bed and burst into nervous action. Final check, final things thrown out and thrown in. Pack our exploding orange ochre...

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KAEM Day 2

Day 2 - Sunday 16 October 2am Ah good sleep. Wonder if Brendas has got the fire going for our morning coffee? No movement anywhere. Versuvius is exploding every 5 seconds somewhere higher up under the gazebos, but otherwise all is still, apart from the wind whistling...

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KAEM Day 3

Day 3 - Monday 17 October 5.30am The silver moon glows in the pastel blue sky, before suddenly disappearing behind the orange-brown mountain that towers over camp. These are magic moments that remain in the memory long after this event is over. There is a busy hum...

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KAEM Day 4

Day 4 - Tuesday 18 October 6am Cheers Fransa, bye Luiggi, have a good time! The Big Day has begun. This is the one we have had in the back our minds for months. 80km through the Kalahari Augrabies Desert. That’s almost the distance of the Comrades Marathon, but it’s...

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KAEM Day 6

Day 6 - Thurs 20 October 5am Wakey wakey, Campers! The organisers have wisely decided to bring our starting times one hour earlier in anticipation of a very hot day out in the desert. The sun has yet to rise and the Orange glides darkly and silently by. We’re keen to...

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