Walk before you run the Table Mountain Challenge
This morning I joined Nicole Biondi for a hike on Table Mountain. In two weeks time she is participating in the Table Mountain Challenge, a 37km trail run around the iconic Table Mountain. She will be part of a relay team, running the second of three legs which is said to be +/- 12kms from the block house above Rhodes Memorial to Constantia Nek. As part of the preparation she wanted to walk the route and have an idea of what was in store and so that’s what we did. After leaving a car at Constantia Nek we drove to Rhodes Memorial and started the uphill climb to the block house at 7:00am just before the sun rose.
The climb up to the block house, on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, issteep and took us the better part of half an hour. We did stop a couple of times though to admire the view in the warm morning light.
Another reason to stop, for me anyway, was that a few of the flowers were enjoying the first sunshine in several days and starting to open their buds.
Once at the block house we set off South along the contour path towards Kirstenbosch and Constantia Nek with fantastic views over the southern suburbs with False Bay and Cape Point in the distance.
The vegetation along the path varies from low shrubs and flowers to tall trees towering above you.
While the trees that have died or been knocked over by storms are a haven for moss in the wet conditions of the leeward slopes of Table Mountain.
With all the recent rain we’ve had there are lots of waterfalls coming off the mountain that you have to cross along the path and we had a bit of fun at this one where we stopped to have a quick snack.
The entire walk took us a little over 4 hours with lots of stopping but it was a beautiful spring day in Cape Town and now Nicole has a better idea of what she’s in for on the 15th September. What did you do today?