As usual the message got corrupted and the theme of the forum hijacked by various contributors with the main issue being raised as to how irresponsible the climbers were who bolted the route. Not only that, but that may or should or could be held criminally liable.1. It is simply not reasonable to assume that a bolt or any fixed piece or even a removable piece of gear is fail safe.
2. Two ropes are safer than one.
The India Venster route on Table Mountain is public property. As such we, the public, are responsible for what happens to it and on it. The Table Mountain National Park are merely the curators or guardians of it. Every year several people get seriously injured and deaths are not infrequent.
In our technology driven world a Google search does bring up some warning signs but someone doing cursory research can easily find themselves on the very well constructed steps leading up to the contour path as it is logical to start at the Cableway station. This then naturally leads up on to the trail.
Until I, yesterday and today, posted a description of the trail on Wikipedia and the Climb.co.za wiki section there has been no online description of the route and where its problems lie.
See ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_Mountain)
and ( http://www.climbing.co.za/wiki/index.ph ... ster_Trail)
At no national park in the whole of South Africa where equivalent dangers lurk would there be such unregulated access e.g. Game Parks where you are not allowed to even walk around freely or leave your car. Yet India Venster and TM in general probably causes more trauma and even death than all the sharks and wild animals in the whole of South Africa.
One can consider this at least as irresponsible as the bolters involved in the Australian tragedy.
The whole safety problem on India Venster can be dramatically improved by a variety of methods which is a debate on its own and his been brought up before to some extent. I think is is an imperative!