Category Archive: Friends and Social

98-Year-Old Conquers Mount Washington Road Race

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It took four hours, and he only stopped to fuel with tea and lemonade. A parade of cars filed down the mountain, finally set free after runners battled 4,650 feet of elevation gain… Continue reading

Sunday Hiking and Walking – Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve – 3 June 2018

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A beautiful sunny day. Chilly at first 3C (37.4F) at 5am gradually warming up to 20C (68F) by midday. No wind and clear blue skies throughout. It was a small and fit group… Continue reading

My 10 Perfect Moments in Argentina

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Originally posted on Writes of Passage:
Llama against the stark beauty of northwestern Argentina—C.Helbig We just got home from a month in South America: three weeks in Argentina, a 4-day jeep tour in…

Sunday Hiking and Walking – Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve – 6 May 2018

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It was a glorious day for hiking: blue skies and a pleasant 10 – 22C (50 – 72F). Thanks to all who participated and thank you to Ilona and Jan for co-hosting. A beautiful… Continue reading

Sunday Hiking and Walking – Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve – 4 March 2018

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Autumn has arrived. The nights are cooler and the days are not so hot – ideal weather for hiking and other outdoor activities. We had a smaller group than usual. It must have… Continue reading

Snowshoeing in Whistler’s Callaghan Valley and Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains

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Originally posted on Writes of Passage:
Snowshoeing in West Vancouver’s Cypress Provincial Park—C.Helbig There is one silver lining to the incessant rainfall in Vancouver: snow in the mountains, and lots of it! A…

Sunday Hiking and Walking – Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve – 4 Feb 2018

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We had good hiking weather 15C (59F) at 5:30am and it gradually warmed up. We separated into our 3 groups (5k walk, 12K hike and 15H hike). It was a verdant Klipriviersberg as… Continue reading

Sunday Hiking and Walk – Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve – 7 Jan 2018

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A Happy New Year! We had a large group – everyone braved the heat wave. The temperature reached 32C (90F)…. yes, hot!! The beacon is normally the hottest area in the nature reserve… Continue reading

Doctors Explain How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains

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We are all familiar with the benefits of walking and hiking: many people claim that these activities literally breathe new life into humans.  Still, you might be sort of taken aback by the… Continue reading

Sunday Hiking and Walk – Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve – 3 Dec 2017

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The rain stopped at around 7am and by 8 o’clock, Johannesburg had beautiful blue skies. Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve is a lush green landscape due to the good rains of the past few days.… Continue reading

Sunday Hiking and Walk – Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve – 5 Nov 2017

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We had beautiful blue skies and the temperature gradually rose from 14C (57F) to 29C (84F). We separated into 3 groups viz: the 5K walk, 12K and 14K hikes. The Nature Reserve has… Continue reading

Finals Day Highlights with Sir Matthew Pinsent – Henley 2017

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At the pinnacle of the British Summer sporting and the social season is the Henley Regatta. The event is the oldest in the world, dating back to 1839. The numbers are impressive: 15… Continue reading