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Wet, Wet, Wet

9th July 2008 – 6:48 pm

Although this time of year is the rainy season in Cape Town and the Western Cape it seems like the last eight days has broken all records.   However the plus factor is lots of water pouring off Table Mountain and some spectacular waterfalls where normally there is just a trickle.
Two brave souls from Spain decided to brave the elements on 8th July and luckily the rain ceased and the mountain cleared for almost all of the walk across Table Mountain.  Starting at Cecilia Forest conditions and visibility were good and with the cableway open just after midday we decided to press on to the Front Table and hopefully see the views over the city and Table Bay.   However luck temporarily ran out at Maclear’s Beacon and the heavens opened with hailstones bouncing off the rocks.  We must have covered the normal hour’s walk to the cable station in less than 30 minutes and hastily retreated into the bistro for a hot drink.  Luck was on our side again as before we caught the cableway down the skies cleared again allowing us to see some of the best views in the world and making the hike up Table Mountain worth the effort and the drenching!
Remember in winter you need good rain gear, warm clothing and most likely gloves.  Of course conditions vary considerably and the forecast can give you an indication of what lies in store.  The temperature on Table Mountain was 4C at 3.00p.m. – that’s cold.  So don’t underestimate and don’t go if you are not prepared!

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