Photo of the week – April week #2: Table Mountain adventure hiking

Table Mountain scrambling

Halfway up Woody Buttress

Many hiking routes lead up the Twelve Apostles – the chain of peaks extending behind Table Mountain’s tabletop summit – offering dramatic and featured topography with sea views and solitude. One of the more challenging routes is Woody Buttress, a B-grade (intermediate difficulty) ascent that offers varied scrambling on clean and sound rock. If you have a sense of adventure, then this is vintage Table Mountain hiking. The route offers a delightful line to the top of the Apostles, passing through fragrant buchu (Coleonema) and alongside impressive rock-formations. A rope may be required on some pitches, so if you’re inexperienced and / or doing the route for the first time, best to go with someone who knows the route and knows how to provide safety on steep ground. If done with a competent guide, it serves as a great introduction the scrambling and is bound to take your experience of Table Mountain hiking to new levels.