Route Profiles

The Recce Mission follows a marked route along the Eastern escarpment, the Kwena Basin and the Highlands of Mpumalanga. The surface of the route is mostly farm (including single, 2-spoor, cattle and Jeep track), plantation and secondary district roads that are not well maintained and that are isolated.

The following Recce Mission information will be issued in electronic format one week before D-Day:

–               Route instructions

–               Route on 1:50 000 Topographic Maps with GPS coordinates of key points on the route

–               Route sketches based on limited Local Pop Intel.

MTB Mission Mountain bikers will cover more than 200 km on tar, district, railway service, forest and farm roads, as well as Jeep track and single track.

The MTB Mission route comprises three legs with more or less similar distances and elevation gain:

Leg 1: This leg descents into the Kwena Basin and is mostly on farm, Jeep track and single track. Riders need to complete the recce on this leg before dark in order to make the cut-off point.

Leg 2: The ascent out of the basin will be a brutal climb and this 500 m elevation gain is only the beginning of the assault on Die Berg…

Leg 3: Follow some much needed food and water supplies at the Fort Berg TB, some MTB riders will dread the final 500 m ascent to the OP at the summit of Die Berg before taking on the challenging descent on district, farm and rail service roads that lead back to Fort Highland Recce Base and an ice cold Recce Craft Beer!

Trail Mission Trail runners will cover just below 100 km on mostly farm roads and Jeep, mountain and river single track, as well as cattle tracks.

The Recce Trail Mission route comprises four legs:

Leg 1: This leg follows the Crocodile river into the Donkerhoek valley and to Fort Kloof TB.

Leg 2: Mission Trail Runners will recce a local footpath on the Eastern Escarpment to ensure the route is save to use for Jammie support personnel. They will join forces with Jammie Trail Runners before descending to Fort Kloof TB for water and food supplies.

Leg 3: Trail Runners will follow the Crocodile River downstream before crossing into the Lunskllip valley with its spectacular river and waterfall track – if they make the time cut-off before dark. They will scale the mountain again and follow the river stream-up to the Lunsklip River CP.

Leg 4: The final leg back to Fort Highland Recce Base will be less challenging and mostly on farm roads. But beware, the remaining ascents to the Finish and an ice cold Recce Craft Beer will be brutal on tired legs!

Dual Mission The Dual Mission Trail Running section will cover an off-road marathon (42 km) and a 100 Miler MTB section. The total elevation gain of the Dual Mission is almost 5,000 meters.

The Trail Running section will cover an off-road marathon (42 km). The 100 Miler MTB. The total elevation gain of the Dual Mission is almost 5,000 meters

Stage 1: The Dual Mission Trail Running section follows the Crocodile river into the Donkerhoek valley and to Fort Kloof TB on the 1st leg of the Trail Mission route. Trail Runners will recce a local footpath on the Eastern Escarpment to ensure the route is save to use for Jammie support personnel. They will join forces with Jammie Trail Runners before descending to the MTB transition at Fort Kloof TB.

Stage 2: The Dual Mission MTB section follows the final 160 km of the MTB Mission. MTB riders will join the MTB Mission route at Fort Kloof TB where after they will again refuel at the Fort Dam TB before they start with Leg 2 of the MTB Mission. The ascent out of the basin will be a brutal climb and this 500 m elevation gain is only the beginning of the assault on Die Berg…

Follow some much needed food and water resupplies at the Fort Berg TB, some MTB riders will dread the final 500 m ascent to the OP at the summit of Die Berg before taking on the challenging descent on district, farm and rail service roads that lead back to Fort Highland Recce Base and an ice cold Recce Craft Beer!