Monthly Archives July 2015

Table Mountain hiking: what's with the weather – 30 July 2015

Cape Town enjoys a Mediterranean climate, which means wet, cool winters and dry, hot summers. But Table Mountain makes it less predictable than that. The presence of a mountain, along with its proximity to the coast, creates micro-climates that are notoriously difficult to predict. Cape Town, and certainly Table Mountain, are known to experience four seasons in a day. The weather changes quickly and often drastically. Weather affects the
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Table Mountain hiking: what’s with the weather – 30 July 2015

Cape Town enjoys a Mediterranean climate, which means wet, cool winters and dry, hot summers. But Table Mountain makes it less predictable than that. The presence of a mountain, along with its proximity to the coast, creates micro-climates that are notoriously difficult to predict. Cape Town, and certainly Table Mountain, are known to experience four seasons in a day. The weather changes quickly and often drastically. Weather affects the
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Table Mountain hiking routes: Which one should I go for? – 23 July 2015

Many routes lead up Table Mountain: about 38 hiking routes and more than a thousand climbing routes. No one can say exactly how many, because some routes haven’t been repeated in decades and it’s questionable whether they can still be considered official routes. Also, no definitive definition exists for what constitutes a route; climbers have been debating the issue since the late 1800s. Some routes
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Photo of the month – July 2015: Table Mountain hikes along the Twelve Apostles

Hiking Table Mountain up all its routes, I’m always struck by the diversity of views you get. Some of the most dramatic views can be found on the Twelve Apostles, a chain of peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This dissected bastion of the mountain offers countless views that never fail to charm and delight. Several Table Mountain
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Hiking Table Mountain via the India Venster route – 8 July 2015

Route choice is of paramount importance in optimizing your Table Mountain hiking experience. Many routes lead up Table Mountain of varying difficulty and offering different views, terrain, topography, views, adventure levels and even mood or atmosphere. Factors to consider when deciding on a route include fitness level, sense of adventure, love for nature, ability to cope with sheer drops, preferences in terms of views and / or
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Table Mountain hiking trails: what terrain to expect – 2 July 2015

Table Mountain hikes cover all sorts of terrain and leads through diverse environments. The quickest and easiest route to the summit, Platteklip Gorge, follows a well-defined trail consisting of rock-steps, many requiring a high step. It meanders up a deep gorge, the gradient steep at times. The trail is always rocky and uneven, or covered with scree (loose stones). Table Mountain hiking trails don’t get
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