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My Lion’s Head Resolution

Lions Head hike

For the last two years friends and I have started the year off with a hike or two on the numerous mountain peaks that surround us in Cape Town. While enjoying ourselves on these hikes we’ve all been guilty of saying that we really should do it more often given the proximity and access to great hiking trails we have in our very own city. Then work starts getting busier, our social calendars get booked up and inevitably the hikes become fewer and further apart until it’s the end of the year again and as everyone gets bored os sitting on the beach we end up hiking again. Well not this year, 2014 is going to be different.

Lions Head hike

A friend from gym said they wanted to start a weekly climb up Lion’s Head on a Wednesday evening and of course I was in but the first week it clashed with one of the Summer Trail Series runs and was one of the hottest days of the summer but I had made the resolution and climbed up anyway. The second week however there were a group of us that made it and what a great evening it was for a climb to the top. Starting at 6:oopm we were half way up as the shadow of Lion’s Head was slowly creeping towards the foreshore but my favourite view on the way up is continue reading + 7 more photos


One of the first to see ‘Into the Mind’

Into the Mind feature film

Recently I got the opportunity to watch the worldwide premiere of this feature film. In fact, thanks to time zones I was the one of the third group of people in the world to see it. From this auspicious beginning the night just got better.  Having been invited by a friend I didn’t know that much about the film but I trusted their judgement and knew it would be worthwhile. Some research the afternoon before attending the screening revealed the Into the Mind “is is a story of rising to the ultimate challenge. Having the courage to risk fatal exposure and the perseverance demanded on the quest for achievement. These are not solely physical feats, they are mental conquests.”

Intrigued I watched the trailer (see below) after which I was really looking forward to seeing the movie. Shot on location in Alaska, the Himalayas and Bolivia the cinematography was beautiful, the scenery breathtaking and the sound track moving. The movie looks at why we are inspired to rise to challenges in our lives and what we learn on this journey to attain them with a series of chapters that I didn’t always follow and there were a few sequences which I feel didn’t fit with the tone of the piece but on the whole it was a really interesting film.

I am not sure when it will be screened again in South Africa but there are still screenings going on around the world but if you get the chance I would recommend you watch this film of for nothing else but the scenery, cinematography and sound track. Find out more at http://intothemindmovie.com/ otherwise here is a taste of what to expect from ‘Into the Mind’.


Squash Olympic Bid 2020

I first started playing squash when I was just 8 years old back in junior school in Zimbabwe. In high school I played other major sports that I was better at like athletics, tennis, hockey, swimming and rowing where my true talent lay. However it was after moving down to South Africa and having to contend with a different climate that I took squash up again. Anyone who knows Cape Town knows that the weather isn’t particular well suited to outdoor ball sports. Between the howling South Easterly winds in summer that often exceed speeds of 50km/h and the rain in winter you could probably count on one hand the number of days you can play an unbiased game of tennis. The solution, an indoor sport that I could play night or day, rain or shine – Squash.

Over the past 10 years I have played Western Province League Squash and really enjoyed it. I don’t play in a particularly high league but I have fun and you get to meet lots of Cape Town locals in the process which has been good to make new friends in South Africa after we immigrated. So I don’t pretend to be a professional squash player but when I got an email last week from the squash league administrators about the Squash Olympic Bid for 2020, I was slightly embarrassed that I didn’t know squash wasn’t an Olympic sport but also really surprised.

Here is a video that the squash bid team put together to strengthen their case which they presented to the IOC and they were hoping to get to 150 000 views before the crucial vote tomorrow, 8th September 2013, when we will find out if squash will be included in the 2020 Olympics. They have already passed that target number of views but the more the better I say and I think it’s a pretty compelling video as to why squash should be included. But maybe it’s just me, why don’t you watch the video and let me know what you think?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBGox9mV49Y


Beginning 2013 on a high!

What better way to start the New Year in Cape Town then a hike with friends for a champagne breakfast on top of one of many mountains we live beneath.

Rory Alexander Photography

Cheers to that and if this view is in any way indicative of things to come it should be a great year!

Rory Alexander Photography


Garden Route Rally 2012 – Photo Essay

A couple of weekends ago I was invited to the Garden Route Rally with stages being held over two days between George and Knysna. This was the final round of the South African Rally Championship and I was lucky enough to follow Jon Williams and the Sasol Racing Team who took 1st and 3rd in the overall for the year. The spectator points could have been better but thanks to the wonderful hospitality from the Sasol team it was still a great weekend and I did get quite close to the action on a few of the stages as you will see. Enjoy.

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Quad biking on the dunes in Lamberts Bay

…The next morning we woke early, got dressed in our new Hi-Tec gear and gathered at the Green Bus for the next instalment of our Wild West Coast Adventure.

The sun rose to reveal a beautiful dawn with just a few clouds in the sky proving the old adage correct. There had been talk of cancelling the morning’s itinerary if it was wet but now it looked certain that we would get to do what was probably the most anticipated  activity of the weekend  – quad biking on the dunes in Lamberts Bay. We did first have a two-hour drive to get there but we had Piet, a West Coast Tour Guide, ride along with us who was a font of information on the area. He explained how the dunes in the WCNP are moving inland at a rate of 3 metres a year and may one day cover the R27 and how the trains on the Sishen-Saldanha railway line that are up to 4km in length, including 10 locomotives and 342 cars, are some of the longest production trains in the world.

By the time we got to Lamberts Bay the weather had closed in but it wasn’t raining so the quad biking was still on. At West Coast Safaris and Quads, we were greeted by Johan who gave us a quick demonstration on  how to operate the quad bikes, which were fully automatic so even a complete novice would have no trouble. Then a safety briefing and we were ready to go.

I had been quad biking before but this was different. continue reading + 6 more images


In the Jump Seat – DVD Teaser

In December of last year I teamed up with Hilton Mundy, who founded ShortFinal.TV, to film a behind the scenes documentary called In the Jump Seat during the 2011 Ysterplaat Air Show incorporating Wings and Wheels right here in Cape Town. If you have ever wanted to fly, wondered how aerobatic teams prepare their displays, thought about how many crew it takes to pilot a helicopter or dreamt of breaking the sound barrier in a fighter jet then this DVD is for you!

Hilton and myself in the 22 Squadron hanger at Air Force Base Ysterplaat

In this video, filmed over four days at the Wings and Wheels Airshow at Air Force Base Ysterplaat in Cape Town, we follow three pilots from their pre-flight briefings to post-flight analysis. With all-access passes and exclusive interviews, we bring you some never before seen footage of these pilots and their aircraft in action.

The pilots we followed were continue reading and watch DVD trailer


Stones fly at the Toyota Swartland Rally 2011

Back in September just after I got back from overseas I got invited by my friend Guy McDonald to go and watch the Toyota Swartland Rally. Guy used to navigate in a rally car and is passionate about the sport so spectating with him is a lot more than just watching cars drive by. Plus, I thought it would be a great opportunity to practice my panning photography which it was and here are a few of my favourite shots.

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