Posts by Riaan

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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Table Mountain hiking: weather and safety – 25 August 2016

Table Mountain rises proudly out of the Atlantic Ocean at the south-western tip of the African continent. For this reason it catches every bit of weather around, and can even change it before your eyes. It’s best to be prepared! If you aim to hike Table Mountain, having a basic understanding of the usual weather conditions is a very good idea. Cape Town is known
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India Venster: Is it dangerous? – 23 August 2016

I’m always amused, sometimes mildly annoyed, at hikers’ attempts to assess India Venster’s difficulty. Some dismiss it as a short and sweet way t0 the summit; others swear it to be the scariest thing they’ve ever attempted. So where on the danger and difficulty scale does the route really fall? There’s no short answer, as it depends on a number of factors. To the person with average
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Table Mountain hiking routes: Silvertree Ravine – 11 August 2016

Looking for a Table Mountain hike away from the usual well-trodden routes? How about exploring Silverstream Ravine? Although it starts from the same place as the famous Platteklip Gorge on the northern face of Table Mountain, this delightful route soon enters a shady kloof which feels far from the familiar. On a recent outing to explore this route, we started up on a warm winter’s
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A sojourn from Table Mountain hiking: Exploring the Richtersveld – 29 July 2016

As a professional Mountain Guide, I hike Table Mountain very regularly, so it is sometimes necessary to get away from the usual, and to find some terrain as different as possible from the familiar hiking Table Mountain. So where will it be? Where can a Table Mountain local find the solitude of the wilderness, and an inspiring new landscape? Look no further than the desert
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