Leonard, our expert hiking guide has been busy writing exams for his degree. So after a long period of being office bound, organising trips and spending time with Max (our adopted son) I finally got the chance to lead a trip up Table Mountain. I was a little nervous if my legs would take the challenge of the climbing up Skeleton Gorge and to the highest point Maclear’s Beacon.

Leonard, our expert hiking guide has been busy writing exams for his degree. So after a long period of being office bound, organising trips and spending time with Max (our adopted son) I finally got the chance to lead a trip up Table Mountain. I was a little nervous if my legs would take the challenge of the climbing up Skeleton Gorge and to the highest point Maclear’s Beacon.

Leonard, our expert hiking guide has been busy writing exams for his degree. So after a long period of being office bound, organising trips and spending time with Max (our adopted son) I finally got the chance to lead a trip up Table Mountain. I was a little nervous if my legs would take the challenge of the climbing up Skeleton Gorge and to the highest point Maclear’s Beacon.

After all the winter rain, the water was gushing down Skeleton Gorge but it wasn’t too much of a challenge boulder hopping up to Breakfast Rock to enjoy a hot cup of tea and chocolate brownies. The next  stretch along Smuts Track is a favourite and I always think about our old Prime Minister Jan Smuts who must have walked these tracks well into his seventies.

Getting to Maclear’s Beacon the highest point on Table Mountain reaching 1086 metres above sea level, is always rewarding. It’s named after Sir Thomas Maclear, an Irish-born South African who became the Queen’s astronomer at the Cape of Good Hope. In the mid 1840’s Maclear was occupied in performing a geodesic survey for the purpose of recalculating the dimensions and shape of the Earth. The Maclear crater on the Moon is also named after him.

The best part of the hike took as along the flat topped mesa with sheer cliff face drops down the face of Table Mountain overlooking the City of Cape Town. It was awesome being out of the office and back on the mountain – this is why I gave up that boring accounting job and chose to work in Tourism after all.

After all the winter rain, the water was gushing down Skeleton Gorge but it wasn’t too much of a challenge boulder hopping up to Breakfast Rock to enjoy a hot cup of tea and chocolate brownies. The next  stretch along Smuts Track is a favourite and I always think about our old Prime Minister Jan Smuts who must have walked these tracks well into his seventies.

Getting to Maclear’s Beacon the highest point on Table Mountain reaching 1086 metres above sea level, is always rewarding. It’s named after Sir Thomas Maclear, an Irish-born South African who became the Queen’s astronomer at the Cape of Good Hope. In the mid 1840’s Maclear was occupied in performing a geodesic survey for the purpose of recalculating the dimensions and shape of the Earth. The Maclear crater on the Moon is also named after him.

The best part of the hike took as along the flat topped mesa with sheer cliff face drops down the face of Table Mountain overlooking the City of Cape Town. It was awesome being out of the office and back on the mountain – this is why I gave up that boring accounting job and chose to work in Tourism after all.

After all the winter rain, the water was gushing down Skeleton Gorge but it wasn’t too much of a challenge boulder hopping up to Breakfast Rock to enjoy a hot cup of tea and chocolate brownies. The next  stretch along Smuts Track is a favourite and I always think about our old Prime Minister Jan Smuts who must have walked these tracks well into his seventies.

Getting to Maclear’s Beacon the highest point on Table Mountain reaching 1086 metres above sea level, is always rewarding. It’s named after Sir Thomas Maclear, an Irish-born South African who became the Queen’s astronomer at the Cape of Good Hope. In the mid 1840’s Maclear was occupied in performing a geodesic survey for the purpose of recalculating the dimensions and shape of the Earth. The Maclear crater on the Moon is also named after him.

The best part of the hike took as along the flat topped mesa with sheer cliff face drops down the face of Table Mountain overlooking the City of Cape Town. It was awesome being out of the office and back on the mountain – this is why I gave up that boring accounting job and chose to work in Tourism after all.