The Three Peaks Challenge is an annual fun endurance challenge which was first conquered by Carl Wilhelm Schneeberger’s in 1897 – having successfully ascended Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head starting from and returning each time to 108 Long Street (the old Johannesburg Hotel).
Now Three Peaks is a challenge most endurance athetes aspire to compete in – somewhat similar to IronMan, although shorter, the mental and physical barriers have to be admired! There is an exclusive amount of entries limited to 120 participants. Starting at 5am, athletes will ascend Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain to Maclear’s Beacon, via Platteklip Gorge and finally Lion’s Head – all Three Peaks must be completed within the 14hour cut off!
50km’s up and down intense terrain can be incredibly strenuous, especially with no back-up or support, participants are urged to respect the “Safety First” principle, ensuring they have appropriate clothing (we all know how unpredictable the weather in Cape Town can be) and sufficient hydration for the duration of the challenge.
For more info and an overview on the history of the Challenge check out the Hike Cape Town website, be sure to head down to Greenmarket square on Saturday 3 November 2012 to support all the athletes
“A classic Cape Town event combining the mountain and city in a unique, tough and fun challenge”