13 Peaks Challenge

The Challenge

The Rules

  1. Don't be a chop & keep safe.
  2. There is no time limit on the route, and as a personal challenge, you don't have to submit proof. If you want to share your route, that's awesome, but it's about honesty, exploration, and the core of trail running.

The Three Challenges

One day challenge

Complete the 13 peaks in 24 hours.

Two day challenge

Complete the 13 peaks in 48 hours.

Multi day / speed day challenge

Complete the 13 peaks in as many days as you like. For the multi day option your time stops when you leave the route and starts again once you start the route but you must re-enter the route at the same spot you left it.

13 Peaks

There is no time limit on the route, and as a personal challenge, you don't have to submit proof. If you want to share your route, that's awesome, but it's about honesty, exploration, and the core of trail running.

Getting started

Recommended Gear

Download the 13 Peaks GPX file

Table Mountain can have all four seasons in a single day so please take sufficient cold- and warm-weather gear with you. Parts of the route are very remote so you should be as self-sufficient as possible.

  1. Trail running gear and shoes
  2. Waterproof jacket
  3. Base layer
  4. Warm and waterproof gloves
  5. Waterproof pants or long tights
  6. Spare pair of socks
  7. Buff and/or Beanie
  8. Hat
  9. Suncream
  10. Vaseline / Anti Chafe
  11. Fully-charged Mobile Phone (take a spare battery, or only have it on when you need it)
  12. GPS Watch with the 13 Peaks route on
  13. First aid kit
  14. Space blanket
  15. Head torch and back-up torch

Safety tips

  • Running and hiking can be very slow moving on Table Mountain so please always take extra food and water with you. There are a few rivers on Table Mountain but in summer most of these will be dry. The town of Hout Bay between Peak 7 & 8 is a great place to buy food and water.
  • Run/hike with a partner and let someone know your route and expected finish time.
  • Have Wilderness Search and Rescue Number in your phone - 021 937 0300
  • Use a tracking app on your phone or carrying a tracking device like a Spot
  • Keep in mind where possible exit points off the mountain are.
  • Have fun out there but remember it is a big mountain and look after yourself - Ryan Sandes and 13 Peaks can not be held responsible for your safety out there.

Useful information

  • The base of Lions Head has a pop up coffee and food vendor but they are not always there.
  • The lower cable car station has a shop.
  • The town of Hout Bay (between Peaks 7 & 8) has a number of shops and restaurants to buy food and water.
  • There is very limited mobile phone reception in the Silvermine Nature Reserve (between Peaks 9 - 11) until you reach Constantia Nek.
  • There is a water tap in the Silvermine Dam bathroom (in the toilet) but this tap does not always have water.
  • Constantia Nek has a restaurant to buy food and water.
Southern Lodestar Foundation

13 Peaks is a personal challenge, you don’t need any reason to do it, but if you do want to run for a cause we’d love it if you chose the Southern Lodestar Foundation. They provide our poorest communities with the food, equipment and education they need to feed their children. The Southern Lodestar Breakfast Programme gives children breakfast every day, ensuring they have the right micronutrients and energy to achieve their best.

13 Peaks route profile

13 Peaks Profile