Monthly Archives August 2015

Hiking Table Mountain up and down – 30 August 2015

More often than not, hiking Table Mountain involves a cable car descent. Gliding down effortlessly after a strenuous hike is a luxury mountains don’t usually offer. A lot of people forget that, in the absence of a cableway, the summit is the halfway mark. And hiking down is harder than most people think. Here’s why: – Your legs are usually wobbly and weak from the
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Hiking Table Mountain in the cloud – 25 August 2015

Mountain generate more cloud than the adjacent low-lying areas, and Table Mountain is no different. In summer, the prevailing Southeaster wind brings cloud to the mountain in the form of the Tablecloth; in winter, rain-bearing north-westerly winds smothers the mountain in dark cloud. The mountain’s proximity to the sea doesn’t serve the atmospheric conditions favourably, but helps create micro-climates that makes the weather notoriously capricious. Hiking Table
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Table Mountain hiking: views on the ascent – 20 August 2015

Table Mountains covers an area of about 56 square kilometres and as such you get different views on each side. An important consideration in hiking Table Mountain is what kind of views and environment you prefer. Table Mountain hikes offer much diversity in terms of views, flora and terrain, so by taking these into consideration allows you to optimize your experience of the mountain. Four distinct
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Scrambling on Table Mountain hikes – 13 August 2015

If you’re thinking about hiking Table Mountain, you’d do well to familiarize yourself with the term ‘scrambling’. Its conventional meaning, pertaining to eggs, gives little clue to its use in the context of Table Mountain hikes. Rather, it’s a method of movement to negotiate steep terrain – of which Table Mountain offers in abundance. Most Table Mountain hiking routes involves scrambling at some point along
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Photo of the month – August 2015: Table Mountain hiking on the Twelve Apostles

Extending behind the famous and iconic tabletop summit of Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles offers some of the best Table Mountain hikes. This chain of more or less 17 seaboard peaks and buttresses contain many routes that cover many types of terrain and levels of challenge. Spring Buttress is a big, convoluted mass containing several routes and much variation. Features include the imposing amphitheatre of sheer rock on the north side,
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