Wednesday, March 16, 2011

India for the intrepid

As the cricket world cup rages in India, we do a different take on India with a walk up Table Mountain on the India Venster route. I am not really sure about the origin of the name but most agree the India comes from shape of the ravine between the two buttresses - Arrow Buttress and Venster Buttress - that looks like a map of India when viewed from below. The Venster part, so it is said, is from the Afrikaans word venster that means window and say that this window in the photograph is the origin of the name.
It is a interesting walk for the intrepid hiker and can be done without ropes but it is not for the fainthearted and several injuries and deaths have occured on its steeper sections. Its a funny thing, but Table Mountain is regarded by many visitors as a theme park and the mountain retaliates by claiming a few human lives each year.
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6 comments:

  1. I'm just not that intrepid - INJURIES and death?
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  2. Adventurous!

    Invent and Create is my ABC, please come and see.

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  3. amazing shots.
    smooth sailings.

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  4. Oh how beautiful. Personally, I'd rather see this than the world cup, but that is only one opinion.
    Meryl
    http://departingthetext.blogspot.com

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  5. Let us stick to the World Cup Cricket here in India!! An incredible game and congratulations South Africa has done very well and in a position to win it too!! :)

    My I Post

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  6. I've heard before that this route isn't recommended for novices as it is very difficult. I'll try one of the easy routes when I get there at the end of the year.

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