Posts by Riaan

Table Mountain hikes off-the-beaten track: Grootkop – 16 May 2017

Few locals bother with Grootkop, let alone overseas visitors. Yet, it is one of the most interesting peaks that make up the 12 Apostles (the chain of peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain) and offers some of the best views on the mountain. For most, hiking Table Mountain is incomplete without gaining the ‘Table’, or upper plateau, but there is much more
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Table Mountain hikes: take a walk on the wild side – 9 May 2017

It’s easy to assume that Table Mountain offers little wilderness and nature due to its proximity to a city. The presence of a cableway to the summit suggests to many that the mountain has been tamed. But beyond the cableway precinct, and above the mountain’s lower slopes bordering the city, much remains the same as when the first European set foot on the mountain. And there’s
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Table Mountain hiking routes – 25 April 2017

About 65 hiking routes lead up Table Mountain, each offering a unique experience. Hike Table Mountain is the only mountain-guiding company that offers guided hikes and scrambles up all these routes. Route choice plays a very important part in your overall experience of hiking Table Mountain. Several factors determine route choice, e.g. fitness level, sense of adventure, ability to deal with narrow ledges, personal preferences
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Table Mountain hikes: What is scrambling? – 14 April 2017

When it comes to Table Mountain hiking, scrambling has nothing to do with eggs. Scrambling can be defined as elementary climbing and involves the use of hands to negotiate steep rock sections. It’s the grey area between walking and climbing. Some would class steep hiking as easy scrambling, others hard scrambling as easy rock-climbing. There are shades of grey; it’s not a precise science. Scramble
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Table Mountain hiking in bad weather – 6 April 2017

Table Mountain gets a lot of cloud, even in summer. Mountains tend to generate cloud, and Table Mountain is no different. Precipitation on the summit measures a whopping 4 times more than the city center, brought about by rain and wind-driven cloud. Hiking Table Mountain in bad weather is possible, but not always pleasant. “Bad weather” is subjective: I remember once calling off a hike due to wind
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Hiking Table Mountain: Why use a guide? – 8 March 2017

Overlooking the bustling city center of Cape Town, Table Mountain must be one of the most underestimated mountains in the world. A fancy cableway to the summit contributes to many visitor’s illusion of it being tame. It’s only when you set foot on the mountain that you experience the rugged terrain and its enormity. The famous and iconic tabletop facade only takes up about 10%
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Hiking Table Mountain: optimizing the experience – 21 February 2017

Most visitors to Cape Town regard Table Mountain as the centrepiece to Peninsula attractions. It therefore makes sense to optimize your experience of this singular and iconic landmark. Hiking up gives you a real appreciation of the mountain while allowing you to connect with nature. Here are a few guidelines on how to optimize your Table Mountain hiking experience: Plan to hike the mountain early in your stay
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Table Mountain hiking routes: Llandudno Ravine – 9 February 2017

If you’ve been up with the cableway and wish to see Table Mountain from a different angle, or if you’ve hiked up to the tabletop summit and feel like doing a second route, then consider Llandudno Ravine. It leads up the bottom end of the 12 Apostles, a chain of peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit, and offers superb views and unique angles on
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Hiking Table Mountain: choosing the best route for you – 1 February 2017

Lots of people are surprised that there are several hiking routes up Table Mountain – around 65, actually. The most famous is Platteklip Gorge, with Skeleton Gorge a close second. It’s easty to assume the most popular route to be the best, but it’s not that simple. Route choice is an important ingredient to a memorable Table Mountain hiking experience. So how to go about it?
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Table Mountain hiking routes – 18 January 2017

Browsing the Internet for Table Mountain hikes, Platteklip Gorge and Skeleton Gorge are likely to show up most prominently. And without more research, you might think those are the only routes up Table Mountain; or consider them the best routes based on their online prominence. Since route choice plays a vital part in optimizing your Table Mountain hiking experience, a brief overview of routes will help put
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