Left Face ‘B’ – Table Mountain Hike

Jul 13, 2014

Left Face ‘B’ Table Mountain hiking route differs greatly in character and adventure. Each route offers unique features and challenges to the hiker. Even two adjacent routes can provide a very different experience.

Left Face ‘B’ – The Iconic Hike

Left Face ‘B’ has one attribute that sets it apart from all other routes: it tackles the formidable and iconic front face of Table Mountain head-on, without ducking into the sheltered confines of a ravine, and not involving any technical climbing that requires experience or ropes.

The way up Left Face ‘B’ is not obvious.

It threads past sheer cliffs bristling with overhangs, picking an ingenious line up a formidable part of the mountain and topping out smack in the middle of the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. Part of the route’s appeal springs from its unlikely line: never are you sure about the way ahead; it keeps you on your toes – an essential ingredient to an adventure route.

As with many other challenging Table Mountain hikes, it involves scrambling and exposure to heights along with tricky route-finding. In the true spirit of Table Mountain hiking, the route leads you across impressive terrain and exhilarating positions. If you’re up for a challenge and you have a good head for heights, then Left Face ‘B’ is guaranteed to thrill.

Hiking Table Mountain

Towering 1 086 meters (3 560 feet) over Cape Town, and around 540 million years in the making, Table Mountain is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Once an island, now boasting more plant species per square mile than the Amazon jungle, this tabular monolith begs exploration. Trails run the length and breadth of the mountain, offering exceptional hiking on every level of difficulty and adventure at every turn. Whatever your reason, this is one mountain you want to climb. If you enjoy nature and the great outdoors, or if you have a sense of adventure and an inquisitive mind, hiking Table Mountain is a no-brainer. Conquering the mountain on foot is an exciting and rewarding experience that provides you with a true appreciation of the mountain’s size, height, grandeur and wildness. It makes for a more authentic experience of South Africa’s most famous landmark. Topping this are the intangibles: the exhilaration of discovery and adventure, the sense of accomplishment and the invigoration of immersing yourself in nature.

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