Table Mountain – Front Table – three hikers caught by bad weather, guided down

//Table Mountain – Front Table – three hikers caught by bad weather, guided down

Table Mountain – Front Table – three hikers caught by bad weather, guided down

A 26yr old female acted as a guide for two Dutch tourists and took them up Table mountain via the India Venster route.  This took longer than they anticipated and by the the time they reached the top of the mountain foul weather and mist had moved in. They did not have warm clothing, rain gear or torches with them and thus correctly took shelter in the building at the upper cable station equipped for stranded persons such as these. From there the female called her mother in Durban who in turn contacted the Fire station in Cape Town. From there the call for help was passed on to WSAR. WSAR after consultation decided to send two very able and fit operatives with warm clothes, rain gear and spare headlights up Platteklip Gorge to the upper cable station.

The public is encouraged to be adequately prepared and self-sufficient for mountain adventures, or to use only accredited mountain guides to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Luckily for this 47yr old male and 13yr old female the rescuers were able to dress them in warm clothes and rain gear and walk them down Platteklip Gorge.

2016-10-26T15:12:01+00:00 July 26th, 2016|Rescues|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. CLEEVE ROBERTSON July 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I hope the toilets are still available as an Emergency Shelter?

    • Webmaster July 27, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Cleeve, there is a room with emergency supplies at the upper cable station that is locked with a combination lock. If there is a call incoming we can give them the combination and they can get out of the weather while we send help. This exactly happened in this case. Quite an upgrade to having to use the toilets I would say.

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