Posts by Riaan

Hiking Table Mountain: how to optimize the experience – 12 January 2017

Table Mountain is an iconic landmark that in many ways define Cape Town and its inhabitants, so once you’ve decided to hike up (as opposed to taking the cablway), there are a few things to consider: When to go. Weather greatly impacts on the enjoyment of hiking Table Mountain. The mountain generates a micro-climate marked by cloud and wind, both not conducive to enjoyable hiking.
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Hiking Table Mountain in the Southeaster – 6 January 2017

The Southeaster, also known as the Cape Doctor, is Cape Town’s prevailing summer wind, howling across the Peninsula from around late October to early February, often for days on end. If you’re looking to hike Table Mountain over this period, bear in mind the following: Cape Town gets very windy in summer. Don’t bemoan your luck if the wind’s blowing a gale on the day of your
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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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Hiking Table Mountain via the 12 Apostles – 23 November 2016

The Twelve Apostles is a chain of peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. It’s considered part of Table Mountain and offers superb hiking off the beaten track. Many routes lead up the Apostles, the easiest Kasteelspoort, the hardest involving much scrambling, heights and rugged terrain (bush / loose rock). Formerly known as the Kasteelberge (Castle Mountains), the range comprises around 17
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Hiking Table Mountain – Plan B: 16 November 2016

Summer in Cape Town sees the arrival of the Southeaster, a gale-force wind that tears across the Cape Peninsula from November to around February, often for days on end. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Cape Doctor’, the Southeaster affects Table Mountain hiking as much as your hair-do. The mountain gets the brunt of the wind, forcing the moisture-laden air to higher altitudes where it condenses
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What’s the best Table Mountain hiking route? – 10 November 2016

What’s the best pizza? What’s the best sport? It’s different for each person, and the same applies to Table Mountain hiking routes. The mountain is so diverse in terms of views, vegetation and mood, each route has a character of its own. Fitness level, sense of adventure and ability to deal with heights (cliff edges) are the main considerations that dictate route choice. Some routes
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Two things you should know about hiking Table Mountain in summer – 2 November 2016

When it comes to Table Mountain hiking, ignoring these two weather-related factors is a sure way to spoil your hike. The first is the heat. Cape Town gets hot in summer, and if you’re coming from a cold climate, then the heat is going to feel even more intense. Sunrise is around 5.30am, and by as early as 7.30am the heat is uncomfortable, quite often stifling. It’s
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