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Possibly the most Googled Hiking Route on Table Mountain, the India Venster hike tackles Table Mountain front (North) face starting from Table Mountain Aerial Cable Station. A 3-4 hour hiking route suitable for any averagely fit person not to afraid of heights - there are some exposed sections mid-height which require elementary rock-scrambling / climbing and is ideal for a guided hike on Table Mountain for this reason. Come hike India Venster with us!

Not your average hike! The hike is a varied offering of steep, even scrambling sections as well as some winding almost flat sections. India Venster starts up the North Face of Table Mountain and weaves through the rockbands to a point 100m directly below the upper Cable Station. At this point the path darts around onto the West face and traverses the length of Fountain Ledge overlooking Camps bay and from there joins the final section of Platteklip Gorge up the last section to the summit.

We have daily hikes leaving shortly after sunrise to avoid the sun-baked slopes which catch the sun an hour or two after sunrise due to their Northern aspect - by this time we aim to be deep in the gully and still in shadow. If the cable car is running, we take the 5min ride down, however it is important to be prepared to walk back down in the even that the car is closed due to strong winds.

Grade: 2

Ease: Easy-Moderate

Exposure: **

Duration: 3-4 hours

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Modelled on the famous Puffer run from Cape Point to V&A Waterfront which is a yearly event limited to 180 participants held over one day.
The PUFF DADDY aims to take the PUFFER...and make it friendly. This is a coached / guided event held 20-22 April 2018 and is designed to provide a learning or introductory platform for runners wanting to make the step(s) up to something like PUFFER. To this end we break the course into thirds, and limit the group-size to 7, allowing us to manage your experience.

Further we eschew many of the road/road-like sections often taken during the official event (as they help you WIN) and, as this is not a race, we explore the more wild trails between Cape Point and the CBD.

In a Nutshell
Day 1: Friday 20 April: Cape Point Nature Reserve

Start at the Southern most point of the Cape Peninsula. A relatively short but incredibly scenic day with spectacular views of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and False Bay.

14km and 750m of ascent.

Day 2: Saturday 21 April: Kalk Bay to Hout Bay

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18km and 1240m ascent.

Hout Bay has some great fish and chips for the best recovery nutirition.
A boat ride to seal island is an optional extra for the afternoon activities.

Day 3: Sunday 22 April: Hout Bay to Signal Hill above Cape Town

A steep climb up above Suikerbossie to the top of Table Mountain followed by some fantastic running along the Twelve Apostles. Passing Grootkop we run through spectacular rock formations. We descend after seeing the dams on top of the mountain. The final kilometers are past Lion’s Head with amazing views across the city and Robben Island.

18km and 1200m ascent.

Requirements and Provisions
You will need to provide your own trail running apparel and appropriate footwear and a hydration bag that can carry 1.5l of water and some snacks.
We will discuss specifics with you closer to the time.
We provide transport from the finish to the start of every day’s run.

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