Photo of the week – January week #1: Table Mountain hikes above Hout Bay

View across Hout Bay valley from high up Myburgh's Corner.

View across Hout Bay valley from high up Myburgh’s Corner.

Table Mountain hikes lead up all sides of the mountain, offering different views and landscapes. With a plateau-like summit that measures 2.4 by about 6.4 kilometres, the views are diverse and ever-changing. With the famous and iconic tabletop summit drawing most people, few are aware of the superb views from the southern end of the 12 Apostles (a chain of peaks extending behind Table Mountain and considered part of it). This part of the mountain is unfrequented, so lots of nature and solitude to be had for those who like to venture off-the-beaten track. If hiking Table Mountain amounts to nothing more than a peak-bagging exercise, then give this area a miss. But for those looking for pristine nature complimented by unusual and glorious views, then routes on this part of the mountain will not disappoint. The two main routes up this corner of Table Mountain are Llandudno Ravine and Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine. From the top of these routes, several peaks offer panoramic views: Judas Peak, Llandudno Peak, Separation Buttress and top of Myburgh’s Corner.

Table Mountain hiking offers diverse views, terrain and experiences, more than what most people realize. With thousands of Table Mountain ascents under my belt, I still come upon new views, locations and experiences. And while reaching the summit gives one a sense of achievement and serves as a culmination to the hike, it’s the way up that provides the experiences.

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