Archive for Off the beaten path

Trail Running – 10 tips to run downhill faster

Trail Running – 10 tips to run downhill faster

Line. Flow. Rhythm… Descending skills are what separate exceptional trail runners from good ones (Red Bull; 2015).

With LUT2015 on its way these tips may help make those downhill’s a little easier!10686621_605316312928614_6821330016947252486_n

 

1. Strengthen those legs
Leg strength is crucial for fast downhill running. There is a month left before the race so get to the gym. One exercise that works wonders for downhill running are one-legged squats (Red Bull; 2015).

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Top 10 Health Benefits of Archery

Top 10 Health Benefits of Archery

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While some may see archery as a fun hobby, there is much more to it than meets the eye. Records trace the first bow and arrow back as far as 50,000 BC. It was traditionally used for hunting, but is now a popular sporting contest, and it’s even a competitive Olympic sport. Though often perceived as a stationary sport, competitive archers actually require a significant amount of strength, endurance and focus to perform well, making it an ideal sport to help keep you healthy and fit (Health Fitness Revolution; 2015).

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Benefits Of Hiking

Benefits Of Hiking

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There’s science behind the feel-good workout

With all of the trendy workout classes and pricey boutique fitness studios out there, you might feel the need to get back to basics (Daily Camera; 2014).

But don’t worry, simple activities can still get you in awesome shape: A recent study in the American Heart Association’s journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology found that moderate exercise, like walking, and vigorous exercise, like running or spinning, produce similar health benefits (Daily Camera; 2014).

Science, experts and hikers agree that the activity provides tried-and-true health benefits, inside and out. Here are four research-backed reasons you should hit the trail (Daily Camera; 2014):

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The Health Benefits of Horseback Riding

The Health Benefits of Horseback Riding

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Before we all had cars to drive in, people used horses to get around, and almost everyone was taught to care and ride a horse. Today, our dependence on these large mammals is non-existent and horseback riding has become recreational. There are many obvious health benefits to riding, including strong core and legs, but there are also many less obvious benefits, such as boost in confidence and meditation (Health Fitness Revolution; 2015).

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14 Most Beautiful Borders in the World

 

14 Most Beautiful Borders in the World

As a geography major I love anything to do with maps and borders, so I wanted to compile a list of some of the most beautiful borders in the world. Borders are all man-made but many have dramatic landscapes and distinct culture, making borders special places. And some really stand out as majestic places to travel to and cross for there sheer awe-inspiring beauty. These are not in particular order of ranking (ShawnVoyage, 2015).

1. South Africa/Lesotho Border

One of the stranger borders on the maps because Lesotho is surrounded by the country of South Africa. What makes this border special is the dramatic mountainous landscape of Lesotho mixing with the warmer and lower elevation of South Africa. The views are stunning with cliffs, lakes, waterfalls, and remote villages (ShawnVoyage, 2015).

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All Aboard For Lovely Lesotho

All Aboard For Lovely Lesotho

 

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Lesotho Highlands Photo: Maliba Lodge

 

Some years ago, when I still owned my then 35-year-old Datsun GX 1200, we decided to drive to the Katse Dam in Lesotho. We had to turn back at the start of a steep pass as the car was struggling (it emerged it needed a new fuel pump) and sulked for weeks afterwards at being deprived of a little adventure.

Lesotho’s Best Kept Adrenaline Secret

Frozen Waterfall Climbing in Lesotho

 

Lesotho has a fantastic hidden secret which is likely to surprise you. The Lesotho winters offer climbers an exciting challenge of facing the grandiose frozen waterfalls.

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The Mountain Kingdom Awaits

Lesotho Ultra Trail

The Mountain chalets at Maliba

The Mountain chalets at Maliba

Set in the heart of the Maluti Mountain Range of north-eastern Lesotho lies a unique ultra distance footrace, a new challenge awaiting those seeking to push their boundaries and exceed their expectations of what it’s like to be a skyrunner.  Read more

Lesotho: The road less cycled

The gruelling task of pushing our loaded bicycles up mountain pass after mountain pass left my cycle-virgin thighs trembling and sore. Despite the chilly autumn winds of the Mountain Kingdom, sweat dripped off my nose and chin and I feared my racing heart might beat right out of my chest. But I couldn’t stop, I was following adventurer Sean Fraenkel (Visit Sean’s Barking Mad website) and he set the pace. While I was an untrained amateur cyclist, Sean had already been cycling for over a month on the Spine of the Dragon, South Africa’s premier cross-country mountain biking route, as part of his Barking Mad campaign, an unsupported cycle across South Africa and Lesotho with his two dogs for charity. Sean had generously agreed to let me tag along for a leg in Lesotho, to learn some tricks of the cycling trade, assuming I could keep up.

Sean Fraenkel of Barking Mad

Barking Mad: a 4000km charity mountain bike tour with two Jack Russel terriers

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Taking a holiday cycle

Sani Pass Lesotho Mountain Biking

Detour Trails offers a tough three-day trip up Sani Pass and into Lesotho which will test the legs and skills of experienced mountain bikers. Picture: Sarah Sawers

Mountain bikers love the end-of-year holidays. First, Christmas gives riders the excuse to buy themselves a glut of gizmos to bling out their bikes – and maybe that 13th cheque can even stretch to buy a new ultra-light, carbon-fibre, dual-suspension 650B with the latest 1×11 gearing system.

But more important, December also means a chance to take annual leave, which any self-respecting cycling fanatic knows translates to some time for a relatively guilt-free opportunity to head out on the trails. Read more

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