Living loud with Liezel: A weekend of gravity-defying adventure

Living loud with Liezel: A weekend of gravity-defying adventure
By Liezel van der Westhuizen

By Liezel van der Westhuizen

This weekend is a jam packed one if you are an adventure junkie like myself. The Gravity Adventure Festival, now in its 12th year and taking place from Friday to Saturday, August 16 to 18,is well established on the Cape Adventure Calendar and attracts adventure enthusiasts from all over South Africa.

The festival takes place in the Kogelberg Biosphere, outside Kleinmond, just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town. With 11 events on offer, it allows one opportunities to part take in a number of different activities. (There are also four events scheduled for the young ones to get outside and taste a little adventure.)

Some of the Events at the 2013 Gravity Adventure Festival include

Paddlezone Kayaking
The white-water kayaking events comprise a downriver race, which is a 4-km sprint starting just above the first rapid, and a kayak timed sprint.

Sportsman’s Warehouse Mountain Bike Challenge
This 30-km mountain bike route is usually closed to the public, which means the challenge is a great opportunity for both experienced cyclers as well as for novices to see what it’s all about.

Rocky River Night Swim
The inaugural swim is 1.2-km long and it allows one the unique feeling of an open water swim at Night in the Palmiet estuary.

Black Diamond Night Trail Run
This is a great opportunity to get out your headlamps and have fun in the dark.

Trail Series
Part of the popular Spur Cape Winter Trail Series, this race will offer a variety of distances around the awesome Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.

Black Diamond Rock Rally
Climbers will have over 40 routes (sport and trad) and 20 boulder problems to do in under seven hours.

ARK Croc Sprint
A fast paced and exciting event designed to deliver an intense bite sized chunk of white-water action – teams of two will have two runs to race against the clock down the most intense rapid on the Palmiet.

Kids Events
Get your kiddies active with these awesome four events on offer:
• 4 km mountain bike
• 2 km trail run
• Fun swim
• Fun gecko paddle on the estuary (subject to weather and tide)

The unique aspect of the Gravity Adventure Festival is the set up of the festival hub at the Palmiet Cavaran Park, with all events starting and finishing within close distance of the hub. And even if outdoor exercise is not your thing, there will be plenty to watch during the weekend, from rafting spills and action, to good food, cappuccinos, a film festival, live bands and DJ on Saturday night and more. So make sure you do not miss this year’s Festival.

* Visit adventurefestival.co.za for more information.