Monthly Archives August 2012

Photo of the Week: August week #3

The mother of all Table Mountain cliffs: Fernwood Precipice For me, a mountain isn’t a mountain if it doesn’t contain cliffs. Just like a real ocean must have waves, so a real mountain needs cliffs – sheer, august sheets of rock fraught with danger and charged with energy. What lover of nature does not experience a quickening of heartbeat or a tingle of apprehension when
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A sailor turned survivalist on Table Mountain

Most people who hike up Table Mountain come back down the same day. Some overnight in one of the huts on the Back Table; and every so often, a lost hiker is forced to overnight on the mountain in a more primitive manner. But when American sailor, Joshua Penny, hiked up Table Mountain back in 1799, he only descended 14 months later. Penny didn’t stay
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Quote of the Week: August week #2

“The nearness of Table Mountain to Cape Town has one disadvantage – it tempts rock-climbers to overdo the ‘difficult stuff’. The wisest climber and the one who usually retains a life-long active interest in the pastime is the man who nurses his nerve. He does a really difficult climb occasionally, those of moderate difficulty often, and now and then indulges in just plain slope.” Extract
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Photo of the Week: August week #2

 Afro-montane forest in Skeleton Gorge. One of the delights of hiking Table Mountain is that you pass through different floral zones: from boulder fields to open shrubland to thickets to marshes to indigenous forests. The southern and eastern slopes of Table Mountain receives three times more rain than the northern and western slopes, and are shaded against the scorching afternoon sun in summer, conditions conducive
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Quote of the Week: August week #1

“Mr. and Mrs. B.J. Blake and W. R. Buchan, who made the initial ascent (of a route called Frustration Arete) in May 1932, are to be congratulated on a pleasing climb. But it is to be feared that congratulations cannot be extended to the perpetrators of the next route, namely Frustration Gully, but in any case the writer disdains praise and hopes that R. E.
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Who gave Table Mountain its name?

For those who don’t know, Table Mountain got its name for its uncanny resemblance to a table. And the man who first made the connection was Portuguese explorer, Antonio de Saldanha. In 1503, he became the first white man to hike up Table Mountain and named it Taboa do Cabo – Table of the Cape. The name was unknowingly confirmed in 1601 by the Dutch
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