August 28, 2009
Slacklining on Table Mountain – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay
On a fine winter’s afternoon in July 2009, two intrepid young adventurers, Warren Gans (24) from Newlands and Sean Wakelin (22) from Pinelands, chose to claim their stake as the first people to slackline on Table Mountain.
Because the cable cars were closed for maintenance, this became quite an adventure for me too.
With my 40kg (88lb) backpack strapped on, including two cameras, four lenses, flashes, reflectors and tripod, I started the ascent of Platteklip Gorge.
I was amazed by the number of (rather unfit) tourists who were already on their way back down. Great to see such keen interest in climbing our much-loved mountain!
I managed to get up in an hour and followed my way along the cliff edge towards the cable car. At this stage my vertigo reminded me to keep well away from the edge. Coming around a corner I came across the sight of Warren and Sean setting up the slackline.
Photos tell the rest of the story, with the three of us returning in the dark with head torches on and marvelling at the peaceful evening after an adrenaline-filled afternoon. Sean had to strap his toes to stop the bleeding and carried his full pack back down, bravely carrying the war wounds of his first attempts at slacklining.
This groundbreaking event launched the lead up to the BANFF Mountain Film World Tour 2009, sponsored by Cape Union Mart in partnership with K-Way, Black Diamond, Hi-Tec and Deuter.
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Images © Greg Beadle 2009