Posts by Riaan

Hiking Table Mountain via India Venster – 10 February 2018

India Venster is arguably the best half-day route to the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. But it’s not for everyone. Here’s a synopsis of what you need to know about the route and pertinent considerations: Don’t accept advice on the route from anyone but a qualified, competent and experienced mountain-guide thoroughly versed with the route. Taxi-drivers, concierges, local hikers, colleagues, etc. are likely to give
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Hiking Table Mountain for more than just views – 24 January 2018

It’s a fact that most people expect stunning views when hiking Table Mountain. And when the mountain is free of cloud, the views certainly do not disappoint. But on days when there’s no views due to cloud, it’s a good idea to focus on the nature and the adventure that Table Mountain offers. Table Mountain’s location next to a city belies its wildness. Many Table
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Why hike Table Mountain? – 26 December 2017

It can be argued that Table Mountain ranks as the most-climbed mountain in the world. Located next to a bustling city makes it about as accessible as your local pub. And featuring a fancy cableway obviates the dreaded hike-down. Small surprise then that thousands take up the challenge and leg it to the summit. But easy descent and easy access aside, Table Mountain deserves to be hiked for many
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Table Mountain hiking routes: which is best for me? – 4 December 2017

Table Mountain offers stunning diversity in terms of challenge, views and terrain. More than 60 hiking routes lead up to the expansive summit plateau, offering unique views and topography within a range of adventure levels. Hiking Table Mountain shouldn’t only be about getting to the summit. The best views and experiences awaits along the way, with the crowning reward being the sense of achievement on reaching
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Table Mountain hikes: Blind Gully – 19 November 2017

Hiking Table Mountain offers more than just views. Adventure and nature abounds for those who want it. Blind Gully offers it all: majestic views, pristine nature, and a hearty dollop of adventure. Leading up the first and highest of the 12 Apostles peaks, the route picks an excting line that involves scrambling, exposure to heights and rugged terrain (bush / loose rock). For those who don’t
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Is hiking Table Mountain family-friendly? – 17 October 2017

For a vacation family-outing with a difference, you might want to consider hiking Table Mountain. It’s a sure way to rid exuberant kids of pent-up energy after a few days of travelling, museums, shopping and vehicle-bound tours. So what age restrictions apply?  And what routes are suitable for kids? We’ve had kids as young as 5-years-old hike up Platteklip Gorge (quickest and eaisest route) with minimal assistance.
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Table Mountain hiking routes at a glance – 22 September 2017

More than 100 hiking routes lead up Table Mountain, and they each offer a unique experience. Difficulty ranges from straightforward rock-steps to strenuous scrambles marked by rugged terrain (bush / loose rock) and exposure to heights. Some see multiple hiking groups each day, others haven’t seen a single person in years, perhaps decades. Choosing the best route for you and your group – i.e. the
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Hiking Table Mountain via the 12 Apostles – 7 September 2017

The 12 Apostles is a chain of seaboard peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. Seventeen peaks and buttresses comprise the Apostles, all of them considered part of the Table Mountain massif. Many routes lead up the Apostles, all offering different experiences. If you enjoy nature and being off the beaten track, then Table Mountain hikes on this dissected bastion of the
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Table Mountain hiking: weather woes and vagaries – 29 August 2017

One of the most important things to bear in mind when hiking Table Mountain is that the weather might adversely effect your hike. Despite its location in sunny South Africa’s most beautiful city, Table Mountain gets its fair share of foul weather. Expecting the mountain to be cloud- and windless with balmy temperatures is setting yourself up for disappointment. Perfect weather days are not that
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Hiking Table Mountain from different sides – 18 August 2017

An aerial view of Table Montain reveals it to resemble a molar tooth in shape, the famous flat-topped summit making up the crown, the 12 Apostles the left-hand root and the Suburban or Eastern buttresses (for lack of a better name) the right-hand root. Different sides offer different views, different topography and different moods. Skeleton Gorge is the most popular route up the eastern or right-hand root.
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