Photo of the week – October week #1: Silverstream Buttress

Table Mountain adventure hikes

Silverstream Buttress

Table Mountain hiking routes can be likened to people’s character in that they are unique, showcasing the mountain in different ways and each having a distinct mood. Silverstream Buttress leads up the front of the mountain, offering superb views onto the iconic face of Table Mountain. The lower 90% of the route involves C-grade scrambling; the top rock band being the meat in the sandwich at D-grade, but easily avoided and kept C-grade by topping out via one of several routes in the area (Saddle Face, B+; Springs, C+ and Ledges, C; Silverstream Ravine, C). This is an ideal route for those wanting a more adventurous way up the mountain without full-on rock-climbing. The scrambling is on clean and sound rock, and though not very difficult, requires one to work out the moves.

Silverstream Buttress (circumventing the top rock band via another C-grade route) ranks as one of the most challenging hiking / scrambling routes on the mountain, and should therefore only be done by experienced hikers or in the company of a competent Table Mountain guide. Several pitches require the use of a rope. While none of the pitches are terribly exposed, the route requires one to have at least a fairly good head for heights, not to mention a sense of adventure.

No two Table Mountain hikes are the same, and Silverstream Buttress brings a unique serving of Table Mountain to the proverbial table.