Table Mountain is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. I now reaffirmed why.
Saturday, Shan and I decided to wake up early(ish) and hike up that beautiful mountain outside our window. I completed this trek once before in 2008 with my buddies Todd and Andy. I do not remember it being so difficult.
We hopped in a cab after having some breakfast and wandering the streets. We arrived at the Platteklip Gorge around 11am. The sign instructed us that it would take us roughly 2 hours to climb the 620m vertical, we should not be alone (check), we should have a hat (check), we should have a jacket (negative: it was 80 degrees out), we should have water (naturally) and that we should have hiking boots (nope).
I told Shan that I was beginning to remember the hike a little as time went along. The thing I did not remember was how virtually vertical the trail is. I thought my heart was going to pump out of my chest after about 15 minutes. This hike is not a walk in the park. I’m sorry, that’s not true. It literally IS a walk in a (national) park, but…oh never mind.
Want to know how steep it is? It’s 2000 ft vertical over .6 miles. That’s steep.
All I have to say is that no matter the pain you might go through in climbing this mountain, it is worth it. Sure, you could just ride the cable car up, but where’s the adventure in that? disclaimer: we did ride it back down, but only because there was so much more we wanted to do later that day.
Words can’t explain the sights we saw so I’ll show you some pics. Here you go.