Take a safe walk up Platteklip
In the past month there have been numerous people rescued from Table Mountain due to dehydration and sunstroke. The most common area for rescues is Platteklip Gorge. You might think this is strange as it is the most common route for people to take up the mountain and is the shortest route to the cable car. However this route is one of the hottest routes on the mountain. It gets the full force of the morning sun, has no shade and heat is then reflected off the bare rocks.
Luckily Cape Town does have a very skilled and good mountain rescue service. It is manned by volunteers only too keen to drop everything and rush to help. I witnessed one such rescue on Friday from the cliff path on top of the mountain. Although it is always exciting to see a rescue in action and a relief to know the lady was rescued successfully, I couldn’t help thinking that if people stuck to a few simple rules such a rescue might not be necessary.