If you answer no to any of the following questions, you should definitely book a guide.
- Do you know the trail?
- Could you find your way in thick fog if the weather suddenly changes?
- Do you know the hand- and foot holds on the tricky scrambles?
- Do you have a rope and do you know how to use it to secure someone?
- Do you know the different snakes, scorpions, plants and areas on Table Mountain?
- Do you carry a first-aid kit and do you know how to use it in case of emergency?
- Do you know the fauna, flora, geology and tales of Table Mountain?
Every year dozens of people get rescued from the mountain, because they under-estimate the difficulty. Many get lost on the lesser known trails. Others come unprepared, without the correct gear, enough water or any knowledge of what to expect. Here is an idea WHAT YOU NEED FOR A HIKE.
Our weather is unpredictable and unless you are familiar with the trails and the respective external challenges, it is safer to have a guide. A guide knows the trails, will find the way in bad visibility and will make sure you know what you need to have a safe and optimal experience.
As a guide, your safety and comfort is the main objective. Certain areas are more prone to criminal activity and since we are closely connected to the mountain rescue, the local police and others who guide, we keep track of where the hot-spots are and therefore which trails to avoid. We can guide you on where to place your hand or foot on a scramble or which hazardous plants to look out for. Some plants will give you painful blisters for weeks if you accidentally touch them! We spot the snakes, know them apart and can deal with a crisis. To guide safely, we have level 3 Wilderness First-Aid training and a good rope-work background to aid anyone in need.
We know the interesting history and tales of the area and love to share it all with you while we guide. Not only is it safer for you to book a mountain guide, but also more interesting.