Table Mountain Classics. A guide to walks, scrambles and moderate rock climbs, by Tony Lourens.
In this new edition of Table Mountain Classics: A guide to walks, scrambles and moderate rock climbs, Tony Lourens introduces the best rock climbs and walks of South Africa's famous mountain range.
Foreword to Table Mountain Classics:
The rain is coming in, horizontally driven by a powerful, almost gale-force, northwestern wind. With water streaming down my arm, I reach over the overhang and pull through to the top of Porcupine Anvil. I cannot stand upright without leaning against something and carefully continue on up the crest of Porcupine Buttress. Today I am dressed in full Gore-Tex with lightweight plastic boots but I (and the world) was different when I first climbed this route. I cast my mind back to that beautiful sunny day as a 14 year old with a passion for mountains. I was wandering on my own down the Diagonal Route when I came across a group of people with ropes and other interesting stuff. Fascinated, I sat down on a rock to watch. The next thing I knew, someone was tying a rope around my waist and I was actualy going rock climbing. The rest of my plans for that day were forgotten as I raced home to tell my father all about this latest, in what was to become a long list, of adventures on Table Mountain. By the age of 16 I had discovered that there were many more of these great routes, all o which were documented in the Journals of the MCSA, which were available to me through that wonderful place, the SA Library. So, on a regular basis I would cycle through to town after school, go into the library, and ferret out interesting walks and scrambles to do on Table Mountain. Two of my mother's favourites were Woody Buttress and Kasteels Gully, but soon discovered many more to keep me entertained over weekends and holidays. The problem was that life intervened; I got carried away by wanting to climb harder and harder things and forgot all about the excitement and magic of exploring new places on Table Mountain. I forgot, that is, until Tony produced his first edition of Table Mountain Classics in 1998 and I was off again. That first book revived the passion I have for Table Mountain's less travelled routes and buttresses and, soon after its publication, I once again found myself suspended above the ground in a mass of foliage, trying to fight my way around some lost corner. I once again found myself high above Newlands Forest wishing that the M3 highway would just go away and leave me to the beauty and solitude of the tiny ledge I was on, high up on Hiddingh-Wormhole. I once again found myself in love. I love Table Mountain for all its moods, the pleasure it gives me, as an outdoor gym, but especially for being right there in the city centre waiting to transport me into another world. I no longer have the leisure time to spend hours looking through MCSA Journals in the SA library. I don't have the time to read about the exploits of my heroes Travers-Jackson, Searle, Berrisford and others. In this new edition of Table Mountain Classics, Tony makes it easier for me to do that by including some of the rich history that surrounds Table Mountain. I have now re-read that last line in his introduction several times and, every time, it sends a little shiver through me. There is a magic there and his new book really makes it possible for us to go out and find it. Why am I sitting here? I ask myself. There are several new routes described in this volume; I need to get out there and explore! I know that this book is going to give me a lot of pleasure, and I'm sure it will do the same for you. Use it wisely and make sure that you find those places that nobody else has been to for some time. If you do see footprints, don't worry, they will probably be mine.
This is an excerpt from the climbing guide: Table Mountain Classics. A guide to walks, scrambles and moderate rock climbs, by Tony Lourens.
Title: Table Mountain Classics
Subtitle: A guide to walks, scrambles and moderate rock climbs
Type: Mountaineering and Rock Climbing Guide
Author: Tony Lourens
Publisher: Blue Mountain Design & Publishing
Cape Town, South Africa 2011
ISBN 9780620226684 / ISBN 978-0-620-22668-4
Softcover, 15x21 cm, 320 pages, throughout colour photos
Lourens, Tony im Namibiana-Buchangebot
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