Table Mountain hikes: Blind Gully – 19 November 2017

Hiking Table Mountain offers more than just views. Adventure and nature abounds for those who want it. Blind Gully offers it all: majestic views, pristine nature, and a hearty dollop of adventure. Leading up the first and highest of the 12 Apostles peaks, the route picks an excting line that involves scrambling, exposure to heights and rugged terrain (bush / loose rock).

For those who don’t know, the 12 Apostles is a chain of peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. Some of the best and wildest Table Mountain hikes wend their way up this dissected bastion of Table Mountain, taking in dramatic mountainscapes off-the-beaten track.

Blind Gully involves mderate scrambling and exposure to heights. Rugged terrain in the form of bush and loose rock adds to the challenge. A good fitness level, head for hights and sense of adventure will ensure that y0u enjoy the route. No climbing experience required. Compared to India Venster, Blind Gully scores higher on the adventure scale. Also, it is more strenuous. Views are great on both routes. Being more off-the-beaten track, Blind Gully offers more nature, peace and quiet, and solitude. If you don’t like overgrown trails, go for India Venster.

For vintage Table Mountain hiking, Blind Gully will not disappont. A feauture of the route is Blinkwater Needle, a conspicuous pinnacle about two-thirds the way up that offers one of the best and most exhilarating vantage / view points on Table Mountain. Getting to the top involves a tricky scramble: well worth the effort.

Cape Town hiking might be in close proximity to a city, but offers untouched nature and ample adventure a stone’s throw away from the bustling business district. Hiking Table Mountain via Blind Gully gives the impression of being far away from civilization.

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