Photo of the Day: Sky High

2014-01-15 15:58

(Sive Goniwe)

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Cape Town- Nature’s newest Seventh Wonder, Table Mountain, is a favourite amongst Cape Town residents and travellers alike. Today’s Photo of the Day is from News24 Travel reader Sive Goniwe. The picture captures him and his friends after a hike up the mountain.
If you’ve already gone up the mountain via cableway, why not switch it up the next time by hiking up to the top? If that’s too much for you, there are different hikes available to suit your pace.

Note however, that in order for you to experience the pleasure of this activity the way Sive did, you must adhere to the rules and also take note of the following tips (as seen on tablemountain.net ) :

•    Never hike alone. A group of four is ideal. Nominate a leader to guide you and make decisions on behalf of the group
•    The group should hike at the rate of the slowest member and should never split up
•    Take more than enough drinking water, especially in summer
•    Select your route best suited to your group’s experience, fitness levels and capability
•    Remember that the Cableway can close at any time due to unpredictable weather conditions.
•    Allow sufficient time to ascend and descend before dark, making allowance for a stop at the summit for a rest and refreshments
•    If you intend taking the Cableway down, make sure that it is operating on the day but leave yourself enough time to hike down before sunset if needs be
•    Hike with someone who is familiar with the route or use a recent map or guidebook. Alternatively consult someone who has personally climbed the route
•    Never stray off designated routes, take short cuts or enter unknown ravines
•    Take note of signs that warn of danger ahead
•    Always ensure that someone knows exactly which route you intend taking and when you expect to return (do not deviate from this plan)
•    Take proper weatherproof and windproof clothing in your backpack in case the weather changes or you are delayed for some reason
•    Be aware of changes in the weather and turn back if bad weather threatens, or if you’re battling on the chosen route
•    In an emergency, find a spot that offers some form of shelter from the wind. Never try to continue climbing in the dark or in heavy mist
•    If you get lost, retrace your steps. If you can’t find your original path, move down broad, open slopes.

(Sive Goniwe, News24 Travel reader)

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