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2015-08-12  
King's Blockhouse - Table Mountain, WW
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King's Blockhouse - Table Mountain, WW 
King's Blockhouse - Table Mountain, WW
 
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2015
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.40 Miles 902 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   1.32 mph
902 ft AEG
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We had planned for Chapman's Peak to be our last hike but the area was still closed due to extensive damage during the severe Cape Town fires back in March. So with a quick change of plans our last hike on Table Mountain in South Africa would also be our shortest. Which was probably a good thing as my ankle was really taking a beating. (And I'll pay for it for some time to come)

Being so short, there isn't much to say about this hike other than it is short and steep. The King's Blockhouse was built 1796 as part of upgrading defenses should France attempt to invade. (Not that they would, Napoleon had enough on his plate already) It was used for a short time during the 20th century for convicts but is no longer in use and there is no public access. So while we have to be satisfied with walking around the outside, the views over Cape Town in both directions are awesome. Just below is Groote Schuur Hospital, where the first human heart transplant took place.

While taking a different route on the return we ended up on a dual-use trail for mountain-bikers and hikers. As an experienced mountain-biker, this was one heck of a steep trail... dropping 300 feet of elevation in less than 1200 feet of trail. The last descent before it connected with the flat Contour Trail we had to use all fours to keep from sliding.

Since Rhodes Memorial was at the trail head we took time to wander through before heading back for our last evening in Cape Town.
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