Photo of the week – September week #2: Spring Buttress

Exposed step-around midway up the route.

Exposed step-around midway up the buttress.

Spring Buttress is on of the Twelve Apostles, a chain of peaks extending behind Table Mountain and considered part of it. Several Table Mountain hikes lead of Spring Buttress, its convoluted terrain lending itself to varied hiking. Routes have spread like a rash across the folds and features of the buttress, some using the preliminary sections, or approaches, of climbing routes. Others came into being fairly recently, popularized by their inclusion in guidebooks. Nevertheless, Spring Buttress remains off the beaten track: few souls venture up its craggy slopes and traverse its formidable cliffs, and those who do get to experience some of the best hiking Table Mountain has to offer. Flanked by the forested Woody Ravine and Slangolie Ravine with Slangolie Buttress soaring majestically on the right, the buttress’ location could hardly be better. The sensational Wood-Spring Traverse is located here, so lots of scope for adventuring and getting your adrenalin fix. The buttress’ complex topography keeps you guessing, never revealing itself far in advance, which makes for exciting hiking. Vintage Table Mountain hiking.

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