Monthly Archives January 2013

Quote of the week – January week #4: Mist and cloud when hiking Table Mountian

“On the top of the mountain about 5 in the afternoon, two different worlds, as it were, presented themselves to my view, of which the western still enjoyed the finest sunshine and a clear horizon, while the eastern was already covered with darkness and a thick impending mist. This mist, which had exhaled from the heated places, and was no condensed in the suddenly cold
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Photo of the week – January week #3: Hiking Table Mountain's eastern edge

On the eastern edge of the ‘Table’, overlooking Devil’s Peak While one end of Table Mountain’s tabletop summit crawls with people, the other end lies undisturbed by the presence of man – as peaceful and pristine as a 1000 years ago. The presence of the cable station on the western edge of the Table has effectively banished nature from that corner; but an hour’s walk
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Photo of the week – January week #3: Hiking Table Mountain’s eastern edge

On the eastern edge of the ‘Table’, overlooking Devil’s Peak While one end of Table Mountain’s tabletop summit crawls with people, the other end lies undisturbed by the presence of man – as peaceful and pristine as a 1000 years ago. The presence of the cable station on the western edge of the Table has effectively banished nature from that corner; but an hour’s walk
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Quote of the week – January week #3: Reconnecting with Nature

“For we are indeed one with Nature, her genetic fibres run through all our being, our physical organs connect us with millions of years of her history; our minds are full of immemorial paths of pre-human experience. For the overwrought mind there is no peace like nature’s, for the wounded spirit there is no healing like hers. There are indeed times when human companionship becomes unbearable, and we fly to nature for
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Photo of the week – January week #2: Table Mountain water

 – View across the Hely-Hutchinson reservoir towards Cleft Peak – First-time hikers on Table Mountain often turn up their noses at the sight of the mountain’s amber-colored water, thinking it to be stagnant or contaminated. They couldn’t be further from the truth. Table Mountain’s water is basically fynbos-infused rainwater (fynbos being the indigenous shrub of the Western Cape). The mountain’s upper and lower plateau serves
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Quote of the week – January week #2: The tablecloth being laid

“Col. Gordon proposed our taking a view of the summit of Table Mountain, premising that it would be attended with  considerable fatigue. The next morning he called to desire we would walk out with him, ‘the tablecloth being laid’. Following him clear of the town, we observed upon the flat of the hill a thick white cloud entirely stationary, the sky above it and the
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Table Mountain guides – 10 January 2013

I sometimes get asked if a mountain-guide is really needed on Platteklip Gorge or Skeleton Gorge – the two most popular routes on Table Mountain. My answer: depends on your experience and fitness level; depends on the weather; depends on what you want from the experience (of hiking up Table Mountain). Most people of sound heart and limb could safely ascend the Platteklip Gorge route
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Quote of the week – January week #1:Table Mountain from different angles

“To see things from a new physical angle is sometimes to see them from a new spiritual angle. You can see disas and red crassula at Kirstenbosch, but perhaps you have not really seen them until, resting on some tiny ledge, you have seen them flaring from the sheer grey rocks.”  – Extract from C. A. Luckhoff’s book, Table Mountain – You don’t exactly have to go
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Photo of the week – January week #1: Table Mountain sunrise

On the eastern extremity of the ‘Table’at sunrise, overlooking Devil’s Peak A new year has dawned and so it’s fitting to say something about dawn from the summit of  Table Mountain. Of all the special experiences that the mountain offers, perching oneself on a rock prow at dawn on the eastern edge of Table Mountain’s summit and watching the sunrise must rank as one of
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Quote of the week – December week #4: Topping up on Nature

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.    – John Muir – In all my years of hiking and climbing mountains, or traversing jungles and deserts, I’ve never felt short-changed by Nature: never felt that the energy and time and money spent on experiencing a particular wilderness outweighed the rewards of spending time there and getting to know it first-hand.
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