Training Runs: Table Mountain Once More … or Twice

I ran up Table Mountain for the first time just a few months ago back in September, following the very popular Platteklip Gorge to the top of the mountain.

Finding myself back in Cape Town again I was provided with the opportunity to climb Table Mountain once more … or maybe even twice more.

Table Mountain - Cape Town From the Top
Table Mountain – Cape Town From the Top

Staying in the suburb of Observatory, on the east side of the mountain, I took off on the first morning from Cecilia Forest and climbed from there to traverse above the Kirstenbosch Gardens. I climbed up another popular route, Skeleton Gorge, and then continued to climb to the highest point on the mountain, Maclear’s Beacon. For my return journey I made my way to Nursery Ravine, and descended from there before returning to my car.

The following morning I decided for a slight variation on the route, once again starting at Cecilia Forest but climbing via Nursery Ravine and then descending Skeleton Gorge. Once at the top of the mountain I followed a different route past the Hely-Hutchinson Reservoir and then stopped briefly at the top of the cable car for an energy drink.

Between the two days I managed to cover most of the trails at the top of the mountain, and can really appreciate the local park that Capetonians are lucky to have.

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