The views are spectacular, but I didn’t really notice them as I was concentrating on staying alive. Once you get to the rocks you are pretty much scrambling on all fours, clawing your way up the mountain, with deadly drops all around. Tip: DON’T WEAR RINGS OR BRACELETS as they get horribly scratched on the rocks.
I rate myself as a reasonably fit 50 year old. But I found this hike to be well out of my comfort zone, certainly not an 'easy walk' for me.
There are two routes to take up, almost everyone on the trail was going the ‘hard’ way, but part way up I found I couldn’t reach a hand grip. So we turned back and took the ‘easy’ route up. I think being short (5’2”) was a handicap as I simply didn’t have the stride and reach to easily navigate the rocks. (I know that many people shorter than I will have found it no trouble at all)…. But I am being totally honest here.
But once at the top I had a very keen sense of satisfaction - and apprehension as I knew the decent was probably going to be harder – and it wasn’t. I found the best way down was on my bottom - a lower centre of gravity is the key. (most women were opting for this technique).
So, I am glad I have done it. I have been told Table Mountain is an easier, but longer climb, hmm we will see….
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