Monthly Archives October 2015

Hiking Table Mountain in all its moods – 29 October 2015

Visiting Cape Town in summer doesn’t guarantee fair weather when hiking Table Mountain. Table Mountain’s weather can be described as ill-tempered: if it’s not too hot, it’s too windy, or it’s covered in cloud (no wind), or the rock is wet (slippery), or any combination of these. Wind and cloud might not sound like a big deal, but the implications are worth considering: wind closes
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Table Mountain hiking: connecting with nature – 20 October 2015

A common misconception about Table Mountain is its perceived lack of wildness due to the proximity of a city and a cableway to the summit. In reality, Table Mountain still contains a lot of wilderness despite the concrete jungle at its foot. The mountain is an island of nature, and the upper cable station an island of civilization within an island of nature. Much of the
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Hiking Table Mountain: do you have what it takes to enjoy it – 13 October 2015

Most people are able to hike up Table Mountain (along the easiest route; fewer along the other routes), but not all of those people will necessarily enjoy the experience. And for some, that’s acceptable: they resign themselves to the delayed gratification of enjoying the sense of achievement once they reach the summit. Or they have a competitive streak that compels them to push themselves physically and
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Table Mountain hiking routes and their grades of difficulty – 5 October 2015

About 40 hiking routes lead up Table Mountain, all offering a unique set of challenges. Some routes start out tame, only assuming its true character midway up the mountain. Others pack a full complement of challenges that test you physically, mentally and technically. Table Mountain hikes range from neat rock-steps along a manicured path to exposed scrambling interspersed with bush and loose rock. In order
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