A few intrepid adventurers are taking on a mammoth challenge by walking from Cape Town to Hermanus in three days, in aid of Hanli Prinsloo’s I am Water Trust coinciding with the Two Oceans Whale festival. At first it seems like a quick journey but keep in mind it is a 150km that has to be covered over only 3 days! That is 50km per day! I am not sure if you have ever walked that far in a day but it is not going to be easy. The walk will start at the Two Oceans Aquarium on Friday 30 September and end on Sunday 2 October in Hermanus.
I am the unfit “Average Joe” in the group of walkers that has never done anything like this. My fellow travelers are Ray Chaplin and Dane Grant. Ray is not a newbie to adventurous antics since he has cycled from Cape Town to Johannesburg a few times and walked from Cape Town to Beit Bridge. These are just small challenges all building up to his ultimate challenge called Shova 360. In short he is circumnavigating the world over the poles by human power only! This has never been done. It is crazy to everyone I have spoken to. According to Ray only three people in the world think it is possible. He starts his challenge on 1 January 2012 with an attempt to cycle from Cape Town to Cairo in a record time.
Dane doesn’t need any intro either but for those of you who don’t know he is Mr Parkour. Parkour or freerunning is a sport that involves moving over obstacles in the most efficient way. Dane is super fit and this shouldn’t be a challenge physically but will be hard on him mentally. Using the same muscle group for 10 hours a day will be a challenge for a fit person too.
The whole walk and what we get up to along the way aims to highlight the importance of ocean conservation. The work that Hanli Prinsloo is doing is invaluable. People don’t often realise what is really going on in our oceans as they never get to into contact with the sea or marine life. GoPro will be highlighting the work that The Two Oceans Aquarium is doing in an upcoming series to further spread the word and importance of ocean conservation.
For every R10 000 we raise one of us will walk in a sea inspired costume! The more people that join the more money we will raise!
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Hanli is currently in Greece to compete in the Freediving World Champs. She is the current SA Freediving record holder and aims to beat this record in Greece. She has been ill though so we wish her the best for the event.
The route takes us from the Aquarium in the V&A Waterfront along the N2 to Gordon’s Bay for Day 1. Day two is the toughest as we climb the hills of Rooi Els & co to Kleinmond. Luckily there will be loads of distraction as the view of the ocean stretches out to our right. Our last day takes us from Kleinmond to Hermanus. This short day will be tough as our bodies will be sore and our feet battered from walking about 10 hours day for the 1st two days.
We thank the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Two Oceans Whale Festival for their support of this project. For more information on the team please visit the GoPro SA facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/GoProSA or the respective websites: www.raychaplin.com http://www.hanliprinsloo.com http://www.reelmotion.co.za http://www.whalefestival.co.za http://www.aquarium.co.za