“I’d been hiking for 3.5 hours when I decided to take Diagonal Path as it was closer and I hadn’t done this trail before. There is a section here called Jubilee Ridge which links the trail from the top of the mountain to Porcupine Ridge and Diagonal Path.
“I came round the side of the ridge and approached a large rock where you have to step on the edge to get around. I think I put my right foot on the side of the rock so my body was facing the cliff, and tried to turn to face the side of the rock. With a small space to stand and no space to turn, my balance was compromised. I went forward off the ledge. I tried grabbing something but it was too late. I fell with no control and no way of stopping. At this point, my only thought was “That’s it, I am dying here today.” I also thought about Natasha, my British girlfriend, who was coming out to visit in five day’s time. I hadn’t seen her in four months. How could I fall days before she arrived?
“I also went over the next ledge below and through a tree, onto the ground before the second tree stopped me, head first. Afterwards, it looked like a 15m drop.”
Table Mountain rescue numbers
- All emergencies 021 480 7700
- Metro Rescue 021 937 0300
Read TRAIL magazine issue 13 to find out how Nic’s near-death experience ended.
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