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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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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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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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