A about a week a go, I got up one morning and thought to myself: let’s do something stupid – so I entered the Salomon SkyRun. The response from my mates was interesting. Some suggested I stop smoking the good stuff and others just dropped their heads in disbelief, mumbling something about speaking to a psychiatrist.
Why the SkyRun? Well, because it’s ultimately the toughest event in Southern Africa. According to Wikipedia; Skyrunning is the extreme sport of mountain running above 2,000 metres (6,600 ft.) where the incline exceeds 30% and the climbing difficulty does not exceed II° grade. The governing body is the International Skyrunning Federation.
The Salomon SkyRun is not a race, except for the top 15% of the field. For the rest it’s an adventure that will take you out of your comfort zone, pushing your further and harder than you ever thought possible.It’s a self-supported event as well as self-navigated. You will go through terrain where vehicles won’t be able to reach you and at certain parts of the route the only signs of human life would be the boundary fencing that you would cross.
The Salomon SkyRun is an event where 30% of the field don’t finish, as Mother Nature wreaks havoc each year as she tests the participants to their limits. It ends up being a true battle of the mind as you test yourself against the mountain.
I know it will challenge me beyond my limits and to make sure it gets done properly, I entered the 100km version of the event.
I’ll be chatting and running with Adrain Saffy from Pure Adventures who is the event organizer for the Salomon SkyRun. I’ll also be sharing his advice on how to prepare and what gear you would need. Follow me on my journey as I count down to the 21st of November 2015. #FollowTheIdiot