Monthly Archives June 2012

Table Mountain confirmed as a New 7 Wonder of Nature

In May this year, Table Mountain was officially declared a New7Wonder of Nature by the New7Wonders foundation in Switzerland. This came after its nomination as a provisional New7Wonder in November last year. Table Mountain is the 5th site to have its status confirmed along with Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines, Jeju Island in South Korea, the Iguaçu Falls on the Argentina-Brazil border, Komodo
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Table Mountain viewpoints

Views form an integral part in the satisfaction and joy derived from climbing a mountain. They serve as a fitting climax to the experience and as a reward for the resolve and effort invested in gaining the summit. Covering an area of 58 square kilometers, Table Mountain boasts a generous summit area sprinkled with a splendid array of viewpoints. The mountain’s geographic setting (bounded by
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Brocken Spectres

For all that Table Mountain offers in the way of views and landscapes, it also serves up a little surprise every now and then. Of this, I was reminded on a hike this morning across the summit plateau. Taking in the superb views from a rock perched on the eastern edge of the Table, I watched a fog bank engulf the rugged slopes, swirling past
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Why is Table Mountain flat?

No, it wasn’t bulldozed. And even though a daredevil WW2 pilot landed his plane on the summit, and members of a WW2 Army regiment used it as a football field, Table Mountain’s iconic profile is the product of nature alone – except for the pimple on the north-western corner, the upper cable station, completed in 1929. Let’s first deal with a pertinent technicality: Table Mountain
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The waters of Table Mountain – Part 3: Streams & Ravines

It is one of the many joys of hiking Table Mountain to come upon a burbling stream, a secluded pool or a cascade pattering down on solid rock from up high. The atmosphere that these features create acts as an effective medium through which we connect with nature. Few sounds instil as much serenity as the trickle of water on a mountainside or the clicking
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The waters of Table Mountain – Part 3: Streams & Ravines

It is one of the many joys of hiking Table Mountain to come upon a burbling stream, a secluded pool or a cascade pattering down on solid rock from up high. The atmosphere that these features create acts as an effective medium through which we connect with nature. Few sounds instil as much serenity as the trickle of water on a mountainside or the clicking
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The waters of Table Mountain – Part 2: The Reservoirs

Up until the mid 1880s, Cape Town relied on a single Table Mountain stream for its water supply: the Varsche River, a confluence of three smaller streams that drains the northern slopes and the Saddle (the neck linking Devil’s Peak with Table Mountain). The drought of 1880 drove home to the town-planners the stark reality that the city needed more water, and fast. John Gamble,
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