Photo of the week – July week #2: Left Face ‘B’

Above Mystery Gully midway up the route.

Above Mystery Gully midway up the route.

Table Mountain hiking routes differ greatly in character. Each offer unique features and challenges to the hiker. Even two adjacent routes can provide a very different experience. 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 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.