Archives for Rock-climbing

Photo of the week – May week #2: Hout Bay Corner

There are those who think that hiking Table Mountain involves little more than a tedious uphill plod. A wearisome trudge that offers scant stimulation for the mind, body or soul. Not Hout Bay Corner. Exposed scrambling on a unfrequented part of the mountain makes this route a delight to those with a sense of adventure and a good head for heights. It leads up the southwest extremity of the Table
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Quote of the week – May week #1: Fountain Ravine Original

“I boldly lay down flat and wriggled along the upper shelf of rock until I could drop on to the narrow ledge below. Along this six inch ledge I cautiously went crab-fashion.” – Extract from an article by Annie Wilson in the 1900 Journal of the Mountain Club of South Africa, describing her climb up the Fountain Ravine Original route, Table Mountain – In her article,
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Quote of the week – April week #2: Table Mountain adventure

“Where the ledge ends, the leader ties on and passes round a bulge. Anything more sensational could not be wished. He finds himself on a little ledge, a few inches wide, split, fissured, looking like a row of crazy unstable tiles. He sees nothing below except the slope eight hundred feet below, while the face above presses him outwards. Carefully he works his way around.
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Quote of the week – December week #1: Climbing Table Mountain back in the day

“Great overhangs again forced us to the left for twenty-five feet to another small detached flake ten feet high. From the top of this flake a very tricky traverse to the left helped us to obtain a lodgment in a smooth crack which we ascended to its very awkward exit about twenty-five feet up. An easy twenty-foot face then landed us beneath further overhangs.”  Extract
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