Photo of the month – August 2015: Table Mountain hiking on the Twelve Apostles

Spring Butress, 12 Apostles

Midway up Spring Buttress

Extending behind the famous and iconic tabletop summit of Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles offers some of the best Table Mountain hikes. This chain of more or less 17 seaboard peaks and buttresses contain many routes that cover many types of terrain and levels of challenge. Spring Buttress is a big, convoluted mass containing several routes and much variation. Features include the imposing amphitheatre of sheer rock on the north side, a sensational traverse bisecting the amphitheatre, a series of rock bands offering delightful scrambling and climbing, a curved ridge midway up, a shallow gully on the top section, and a route that sneaks up its impressive southern face, bypassing most tricky terrain. The buttress is steeped in climbing history: since the early days of Cape mountaineering, the buttress have put out an irresistible challenge to the leading cragsmen of the day. Hikers can vicariously experience their feats along trails that thread through impressive cliffs bristling with overhangs. The views along the way do justice to Table Mountain hiking: rugged landscapes and pristine nature. Spring Buttress offers adventurous hikers the opportunity to explore and experience Table Mountain off-the-beaten track. While it’s a solid 2 hour hike from the top of the buttress to the famous tabletop summit (and upper cable station), the views are ever-changing and the surrounding engaging. But the real advantage of hiking Table Mountain distant from the tabletop is the chance to experience real peace and quiet, and to experience unusual views of the mountain. If you love wilderness and adventure, then opt for one of many Table Mountain hiking routes that showcases the essence of the mountain in a wild setting and long challenging terrain. Not unlike Spring Buttress. (c) www.hiketablemountain.co.za