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Originally published on the 9th of April.
An expert climber and creator of the world’s first bungee jump between cooling towers, at Orlando, Soweto, has been killed in a fall on Table Mountain and his hiking partner injured.
Bob Woods was managing director since 1999 of Sky Riders, a pioneering South African rope-access company gaining entry to hard-to-reach areas, based in Irene, near Pretoria.
The identity of the injured man was not disclosed last night.
Woods’s friend and business partner, Brownlee Barry, said: “If there was something that needed to be done he could do it. No matter what it was, Bob would put his mind to it and be successful. He was just one of those people who thought big.”
An expert climber, he had many contacts locally and internationally.
“He was the figurehead of the SA climbing community, everybody knew him and he knew everybody.
“He was one of the most amazing people I’ve met. This is one of the most tragic things I’ve experienced.”
Metro EMS received a call yesterday reporting that two hikers had fallen off Platteklip Gorge.
“Unfortunately when we got there we had to declare one of them dead at the scene,” said Roy White, Wilderness Search and Rescue manager.
The conscious survivor was treated for minor injuries, stabilised and taken by rescue helicopter to hospital.
Woods was born in Cape Town and travelled extensively, finally settling in Rosetta near Mooi River in KwaZulu-Natal. He was on holiday for a family reunion in Cape Town, his sister recently having flown in from Canada. Woods is survived by his wife Kaolin, a daughter and son.
Police spokesperson Ezra October later said the survivor had been taken to Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital for treatment.
He said the two hikers had been walking a short trail when one apparently pulled a rock loose. It is believed part of the ground gave way and both hikers fell several metres. October said police were at the scene, and an inquest docket had been opened.
“From the information we have received we believe one of them had been moving rocks when they both slipped and fell. The survivor received trauma counselling soon after.”