Walking vs Scrambling – 6 July 2013

The great majority of hiking routes leading up Table Mountain involve scrambling at some point along the way. Scrambling can be defined as the grey area between walking and climbing; to be safe, consider it as easy or elementary climbing. Some people view easy scrambling as steep walking; hard scrambling can safely be called easy climbing. There are shades of grey; it is not a precise science. Everyone has enough primal climbing ability to get themselves up intermediate scrambles (with the help of an experienced and competent mountain-guide). You don’t need special skills and experience. Some scrambles are exposed to heights, others not. If you don’t have a good head for heights, the former will scare you. Ropes are often used on scrambles (especially exposed ones) to provide safety. When it comes to Table Mountain hiking, a willingness to scramble opens up a lot more routes, many of them leading up dramatic parts of the mountain. Also, scrambling varies the hiking, spicing it up, keeping you engaged and stimulated as you make your way up the mountain. It adds adventure and challenge to what might have been a tedious slog. It creates an intimacy between you and the mountain. To the unfit, scrambling often makes a hike more bearable and doable, sparing them from the monotony of ‘excruciating’ slope-slogging. Table Mountain hiking offers all levels of scrambling, so if you’re up for a challenge in the great outdoors, then Table Mountain is the perfect playground.

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