Posts by Riaan

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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Hiking Table Mountain: How fit must I be? – 20 October 2016

Despite its proximity to a city, Table Mountain is still a proper mountain marked by rugged and deceptive terrain, changeable weather and lots of cliff edges. Table Mountain hikes differ in overall elevation gain, ranging from 700 meters (about 2200 feet) to 950 meters (about 2900 feet). So how much fitness is needed to hike Table Mountain? Two factors come into play: If you’re not
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Hiking Table Mountain vs Lion’s Head – 11 October 2016

Lion’s Head is the prominent little peak to the right of Table Mountain as you look up from the city center. About two-thirds the height of Table Mountain, it’s not considered part of the Table Mountain range, but an isolated peak with its own ‘foothill’, Signal Hill, also known as the Lion’s Rump. Lion’s Head is the most-climbed peak in the country. Locals flock up
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Hiking Table Mountain in summer – 30 September 2016

While the weather in summer allows for some great hiking, there are two factors you need to bear in mind, and not at the back of your mind, but foremost. The first is the Southeaster and its vaporous sidekick, the Tablecloth. From around mid October through to February, a strong, at times gale-force wind tears across the Cape Peninsula, causing dense cloud to form on Table Mountain
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Table Mountain hiking routes: India Venster – 22 September 2016

Of all the guided Table Mountain hikes, India Venster is arguably the best half-day route around. It offers everything the hiker could ask for: a good workout and spectacular views in all directions. In this regard it is a clear winner, with views of the City, the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape peninsula mountains all the way down to the tip of Cape Point. As
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Hiking Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge – 13 September 2016

Table Mountain’s easiest and oldest route, Platteklip Gorge leads up a deep ravine that cuts diagonally into the formidable front face of the mountain. Much has been written on the virtues and vices of Table Mountain’s most popular route, and there’s certainly no shortage in articles and reviews online discussing its pros and cons. For those feeling bewildered by the glut of information, and by
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Hiking Table Mountain via Porcupine Ravine – 8 September 2016

For the more adventurous hiker looking to try a more off-the-beaten-track Table Mountain hikes, we recommend signing up for a guided hike up Porcupine Ravine. At hiketablemountain.co.za, we specialize in being able to guide people on a variety of routes, in order to cater to all levels of fitness and adventure. Porcupine Ravine is one which gives the hiker an amazing feeling of remoteness, and
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