Monthly Archives December 2016

Hiking Table Mountain for the best views – 24 December 2016

While Table Montain hiking offers more than views, it’s a pretty important component to a happy hike, at least if it’s your first and only time you’ll be climbing the mountain. Different routes offer different views. It’s generally accepted among local hikers, and I agree, the Platteklip Gorge, despite its allure of being the quickest and easiest route to the summit, offers the least views. If
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Table Mountain hikes: Left Face ‘B’ – 15 December 2016

Of all the 60-odd Table Mountain hiking routes, only 5 lead up the iconic front face of the mountain. And only one of these tackles the formidable cliffs head-on without escaping into a ravine or sneaking round to the less-steep back of the mountain. Left Face ‘B’, also known as Mystery B, picks an ingenious line through a seemingly impregnable part of the mountain, involving only basic
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Hiking Table Mountain on bad weather days – 9 December 2016

Table Mountain generates its own micro-climate, and it’s worth taking note of this when planning your hike. Cape Town summers are hot and dry, exactly what you expect of Africa, but with one difference: the Southeaster, sometimes referred to as the Cape Doctor, a gale-force wind that blasts the Peninsula often for days on end. As Cape Town’s prevailing summer wind, it takes the edge of the
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Table Mountain hikes: Porcupine Ravine – 2 December 2016

Porcupine Ravine is the name of a route that uses a ravine by that name to reach the summit plateau of the 12 Apostles, a chain of peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. It tops out on Blinkwater Peak, the summit of the highest and first Apostle, from where you hike up to the summit of Table Mountain. Despite the proximity of
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