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Walk up and down Table Mountain

30th July 2014 – 10:15 am

Its that time of year again and the cableway is closed for annual maintenance.  So now the only way to get to the top is to walk up and of course down.  The walk down does add on quite a lot to the hike so dont underestimate what you are undertaking and be prepared.
Many people arrive in Cape Town and dont realise that the cableway is closed.  They decide to hike but not realising that this is around a 4 1/2 hour round trip for someone of average fitness.  This is if you take the shortest option of Platteklip Gorge.   The route is steep and all steps, the steps are high and the terrain uneven making the descent a bit tricky for those unused to this type of exercise.  Legs can turn to jelly especially nearing the end.
The conditions can be variable at this time of year so be prepared with warm clothing and a decent rain/shower proof jackets and of course decent walking shoes.  Gloves and a warm hat can be a good idea.   The temperature from top to bottom can be very different so dont be misled with how you feel at the start on Tafelberg Road.
By all means book a hike but know what lies ahead  – it is a walk in the park but maybe not quite what you expect!

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