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Table Mountain hikes off-the-beaten track – 4 May 2015

What amazes me most about Table Mountain is how much wilderness it retains despite the proximity of a city. One can be forgiven for thinking Table Mountain tame and trodden, stripped of wilderness and grandeur. Taking the cable car to the summit only supports this notion. Only by hiking Table Mountain do you begin to see, and experience, its true nature. Beyond the cableway precinct can
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Photo of the week – April week #4: Table Mountain’s rock art

Much has been written about Table Mountain’s views, shape, flora and location, but few seem to know or appreciate its geological and topographical delights. Hiking Table Mountain allows you to experience a different type of rock art: not created by the hand of man, but by Mother Nature. The first stage in creation was a gigantic upheaval of a rock around 5000 meters (17000 feet)
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Table Mountain hiking: pick your level of adventure – 19 April 2015

It’s a sad fact that many people view hiking as a tedious slog, devoid of adventure, a necessary burden in order to attain the grand prize: views from the summit. Hiking Table Mountain need not be a slog. In fact, choose the right route, and go with someone who knows his way around the mountain, and the ‘holy grail’ of most hikers, views from the
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Photo of the week – April week #2: Porcupine Buttress

Porcupine Ravine’s claim to fame as the first of the 12 Apostles may be trifling, but not the routes that lead up it, and certainly not the views. Table Mountain hiking is far more than a means of getting to the top: it’s an adventure in itself, and summiting the crowning achievement. Projecting prominently on the lower slopes of the mountain, Porcupine Buttress becomes barely
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Photo of the week – April week #1: Hiking Table Mountain along the Llanduno Peak Traverse

Hiking Table Mountain shouldn’t always be just about reaching the famous tabletop summit, but also immersing yourself in the rugged beauty and meditative peace of the mountain. Llandudno Peak Traverse does not lead up anywhere near the “Table”, but it packs a lot in the way of nature, views and solitude. Table Mountain hikes cover all corners of the mountain, only some involve broken terrain
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Photo of the week – March week #4 – Carrel’s Ledge

Weighing in as one of the most challenging Table Mountain hikes, Hiddingh-Ascension via Ferny Dell leads up the formidable and lush eastern face of Table Mountain. It involves intricate route finding, rugged terrain, lots of elevation gain (compared to other routes), scrambling and exposure to heights. You emerge on the summit feeling like India Jones – and ready for a cable car descent. At times,
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Photo of the week – March week #4: Table Mountain hikes on the Southern Apostles

Table Mountain hiking is far more than only the trails leading up the iconic tabletop summit. The Eastern Buttresses with their jungle-clad lower slopes, the secluded valley known as Orange Kloof and the string of peaks extending behind the tabletop known as the 12 Apostles. The southern segment of this range is the part of Table Mountain located furthest from the city, offering much nature:
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Photo of the week – March week #2: Hiking Table Mountain via Oudekraal Ravine

Few trails lead up the southern half of the 12 Apostles, a chain of peaks extending behind the iconic tabletop summit of Table Mountain. These peaks – sixteen to nineteen in total, depending what you count as a peak – overlook the Atlantic Ocean and are considered part of Table Mountain, or the Table Mountain massif, a mountain mass comprising several peaks. Several Table Mountain hikes lead
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Hiking Table Mountain for many reasons – 11 March 2015

Most people who opt to hike Table Mountain (as opposed to taking the cable car) are motivated by more than just views. Some like to be challenged – physically, mentally, or both; others crave adventure or the peace and quiet of nature. Whatever your reason for hiking Table Mountain, route selection plays a crucial role in how much you enjoy the experience. While ability and
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Hiking Table Mountain via Hout Bay Corner – 4 March 2015

Viewed from above, the Table Mountain massif resembles a molar tooth in shape, with the famous and iconic tabletop summit forming the crown, the eastern buttresses forming the right root and the 12 Apostles the left root. Hout Bay Corner is a delightful little adventure route that gains the top of the 12 Apostles at its southern-most extremity – or the bottom end of the
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