Monthly Archives September 2015

Hiking Table Mountain via Skeleton Gorge and Platteklip Gorge – 29 September 2015

The vast majority of visitors to Cape Town take the cable car up Table Mountain – perhaps as much as 99.5%. Of the remaining 0.5% who hike up, more or less 80% gain the summit via Platteklip Gorge and another 15% via Skeleton Gorge. These two routes are without doubt the most popular Table Mountain hiking routes, with Platteklip Gorge getting first place by a considerable
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Photo of the month – August 2015: Hiking Table Mountain via Woody Ravine

Table Mountain hikes offer a wide variety of views, terrain, topography, flora and adventure levels. The Twelve Apostles – a chain of peaks and buttresses extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain – contain many routes, some leading up the craggy slopes of buttresses, others winding up the ravines. One ravine offers vegetation not typically found on the westward-facing slopes of Table Mountain: indigenous
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Photo of the month – September 2015: Hiking Table Mountain via Woody Ravine

Table Mountain hikes offer a wide variety of views, terrain, topography, flora and adventure levels. The Twelve Apostles – a chain of peaks and buttresses extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain – contain many routes, some leading up the craggy slopes of buttresses, others winding up the ravines. One ravine offers vegetation not typically found on the westward-facing slopes of Table Mountain: indigenous
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Table Mountain hiking in Southeaster conditions – 15 September 2015

Cape Town’s four-seasons-in-a-day weather becomes even more erratic and capricious on Table Mountain, where the higher altitudes generate orographic weather that mostly operate independently from predictions ventured by the erudite folks at weather offices. Furthermore, the mountain’s expansive summit area give rise to micro-climates that further complicate weather-forecasting. Since weather conditions impact greatly on hiking Table Mountain, let’s take a brief look at a major Cape
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Table Mountain hikes up the famous front face of the mountain – 7 September 2015

Four hiking routes – and several hundred climbing routes – lead up the iconic and formidable front face of Table Mountain. Two more hiking routes lead about two-thirds up the mountain before linking up with one of the other four. Only two of these six hiking routes remain on the face of the mountain throughout, not sneaking round to the less-steep back of the mountain or making use
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