Three Peaks Challenge

Three Peaks Challenge

In March 1897, 25-year-old Carl Wilhelm Schneeberger successfully ascended Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, starting from, and returning each time, to the old Johannesburg Hotel in Long Street, Cape Town. He completed the challenge in ten hours and fifty minutes (including rests) and was duly presented with a gold medal.

Thirty years later, Sandy Trimble, then in his early thirties and a regular climber on Table Mountain and other peaks in the Western Cape, met Schneeberger’s son and a discussion ensued over whether the time could be bettered. Trimble took on the challenge and accomplished the feat in record time. Another medal was struck and presented to Trimble by Mr CW Schneeberger in person. It was inscribed: ‘To Mr Sandy Trimble who climbed Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head in 7 hours 17 minutes on September 25, 1927.’ 

In June 1977, 26-year-old Geoffrey Pitter “came across the reminiscences” of Trimble’s friend, A.B. Berrisford, who had recounted the event in the 1963 Mountain Club of South Africa Journal. He decided that the 50th anniversary should not go unnoticed and on the 25th of September, 1977, 50 years to the day, he commemorated and emulated the feat, completing the three successive climbs in 6 hours and 51 minutes in the process.

The tradition continues…

In September 1997 Don Hartley, an experienced mountain climber and marathon runner – he won the Two Oceans Marathon twice in the early 1970s – initiated and organised a 100-year commemoration of Schneeberger’s achievement. Eleven of the thirteen starters completed the ‘inaugural’ Three Peaks Challenge which was won, appropriately, by Hartley. Intended to be a one-off affair, it revived a tradition that has since entrenched itself amongst the toughest physical and mental challenges of its kind.

 

With its intriguing blend of mountain and city, culture, history and adventure, it has become a truly quintessential Cape Town event.


The 2015 Three Peaks Challenge will take place on Saturday, 7 November 2015 and is limited to a maximum of 150. In terms of the permit, under no circumstances will more than 150 participants be allowed to take part. Nobody will be allowed to participate ‘unofficially’.

For more information please contact:
Gavin Snell
Tel: +27 82 792 9380
Don Hartley
Tel: +27 83 508 1017
Fax:  +27 21 790 8322
Or email: capepeaks@telkomsa.net

Website: www.threepeakschallenge.co.za

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Sleeps: 20 in 9 units/rooms

VIP Cape Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Tamboerskloof

1.4km North of Three Peaks Challenge

This privately owned lodge with six private and intimate self-catering units is situated at the foot of Table Mountain in Gardens. We specialise in family units and couples and respect your privacy. Each self-catering unit is fully equipped with...

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Sleeps: 18 in 5 units/rooms

5 Camp Street Guesthouse/Self-Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gardens Cape Town

1.6km North of Three Peaks Challenge

5 Camp Street Guesthouse & Self-catering is ideally situated in the central, trendy and historic suburb of Gardens, on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. Within easy walking distance of Kloof Street, with its vibey restaurant and café...

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Liberty Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Tamboerskloof

1.6km North of Three Peaks Challenge

Over the years, this classic establishment has earned an enviable reputation for relaxed and genuine hospitality. The skillful mix of Victorian, Art Deco and contemporary styles creates stylish yet homely accommodation.

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Mount Sierra

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gardens Cape Town

1.6km North of Three Peaks Challenge

The one-bedroom, four sleeper apartments are perfect for couples with small children and have distant views of Table Mountain. The two- bedroom, six sleeper apartments are ideal for couples and family holidays, while the bedroom offers fabulous views of T

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Hastings Hall

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Tamboerskloof

1.7km North of Three Peaks Challenge

Surround yourself with the beauty of Table Mountain and Lion's Head, and put yourself in the perfect position to get to see everything that the Mother City has to offer, when you book a room at Hastings Hall.

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15 on Upper Orange

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Cape Town CBD

1.7km North of Three Peaks Challenge

Offering an outdoor pool and views of the sea, the Luxury Self Catering Units of 15 Upper Orange Road is set in Cape Town

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Etafileni Studio Flat

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Vredehoek

1.8km North East of Three Peaks Challenge

Helen & Richard welcome you to Etafileni, an open plan self-catering fully furnished studio flat nestling at the foot of Table Mountain. The flat has one queen sized bed and is suitable for a couple or single traveler (non smoking, no pets).

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Sleeps: 6

Apartment Cape Town

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Cape Town CBD

1.8km North East of Three Peaks Challenge

Complete facilities include a lounge, dinning room, 2 bedrooms with queens, a 3rd bedroom with either a single, twins or a double, 2 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a laundry room. Added features included in the rates are ...

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Sunset Hills 6a

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Camps Bay

1.8km South West of Three Peaks Challenge

Sunset Hills 6a is located in Camps bay. This apartment is in a safe and fully secure complex with controlled access. The unit offers fully equipped self catering accommodation with modern furnishes.

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Sleeps: 17 in 4 units/rooms

Delaware 3

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gardens Cape Town

1.9km North of Three Peaks Challenge

Lovely furnished and decorated City Apartments in the suburb of Gardens. Positioned ideally to explore the city.

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