Ascent of Table Mountain on 2013-02-08

Climber: Christopher D'Aiuto

Others in Party:Daniel Patterson
Melissa Mathias
Date:Friday, February 8, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Taxicab
Peak:Table Mountain
    Location:South Africa
    Elevation:3560 ft / 1085 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took a taxicab to the Lower Cable Car area that we flagged from a sidewalk in Gardens (paid R60). Trailhead is to the west of the actual cable car building. Look for the trail sign. The trail was well maintained, mostly stairs made from rocks in place. Many many people on trail. Even more at the top. From TH, you'll go straight up to "Contour Path" (no signs). Take a left to continue east. You will see a sign for Platteklip Gorge as a right turn to continue up.

Wear pants and long sleeve shirt to avoid the Blister Bush which is said to possibly leave rashes for over a year. I had one for a week on my neck. Look for the different Protea trees, geraniums with ferns under rock overhangs. Also saw agamas and crintum lilies on the way up. Didn't catch any dassies or klipspringers, sadly.

Started at 1 and made it up by 5:15, hiking with a friend with asthma. Once on top, went west toward the cable car and walked off trail to what looked like the highest point (did not go east to what peakbagger shows as the summit). After having a beer (there is also souvenirs and food), I took the cable car down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2379 ft / 725 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2379 ft / 725 m
    Route:Platteklip Gorge Trail
    Start Trailhead:Lower Cable Car  1181 ft / 359 m
    Time:4 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics

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