Monthly Archives March 2013

Quote of the week – March week #4: Valley of the Red Gods

“For the Red Gods call me out and I must go.” Rudyard Kipling – ‘The Feet of the Young Men’ (1897) So what does that have to do with Table Mountain hiking? Nothing, except for a single thread of detail: There is a hollow on Table Mountain called Valley of the Red Gods, located on the 12 Apostles at the head of Jubilee Ravine. It’s
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Photo of the week – March week #4: Upper Disa Stream

Table Mountain hiking is not only about the views, but also enchanting locations and settings. One such place is the upper reaches of the Disa Stream, Table Mountain’s largest stream, also known as the Backwater Stream.  Even as a headwater, it has carved itself a sizeable defile that features different vegetation on the sides. Until around 1905, most of Cape Town’s drinking water passed through
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Quote of the week – March week #3: Table Mountain meditation

“In the mountains stillness surges up to explore its own height.” – Rabindranath Tagore – Of the many joys and delights experienced when hiking Table Mountain, peace and quiet ranks high up in my books. A few weeks ago, I was sitting in dense mist and windless conditions near the edge of a very high cliff located on a remote part of Table Mountain. It
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Photo of the week – March week #3: Hiking Table Mountain's southernmost tip

Because the Table Mountain massif covers an area of about 57 square miles, there is lots of views and landscapes to choose from. One of my favorite areas for hiking Table Mountain is the southern extremity of the chain of peaks known as  the Twelve Apostles. When viewed from above, Table Mountain roughly resembles a molar tooth in shape: forming the crown is the actual
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Photo of the week – March week #3: Hiking Table Mountain’s southernmost tip

Because the Table Mountain massif covers an area of about 57 square miles, there is lots of views and landscapes to choose from. One of my favorite areas for hiking Table Mountain is the southern extremity of the chain of peaks known as  the Twelve Apostles. When viewed from above, Table Mountain roughly resembles a molar tooth in shape: forming the crown is the actual
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Quote of the week – March week #2: Table Mountain hiking adventure

“If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: we go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans… When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man.” – Wilfred Noice – Hiking up Table Mountain the other
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Photo of the week – March week #2: Table Mountain pinnacles and spires

One of the joys about hiking Table Mountain is the many sensational positions you can get yourself into with some ingenuity, and often times nerve, by scaling a pinnacle or some other salient rock feature. Table Mountain’s dramatic geology offers several vantage points that will exhilarate you. Blinkwater Needle is one of the best, reachable along a route that involves intermediate scrambling. Other vantage points
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Quote of the week – March week #1: hiking Table Mountain in less-than-perfect weather

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” – Henry W. Longfellow – If there’s one thing that can make or break your experience of hiking Table Mountain, then it’s the weather. Every adverse weather condition impacts on hiking in a different way: wet conditions mean slippery rock, so scrambles are trickier to negotiate; cloud means no views, complicating
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Photo of the week – March week #1: Table Mountain hiking routes

  Table Mountain hiking takes many forms, from strolling along a well-defined path on the benevolent terrain of the summit plateau to scrambling up jagged ridges exposed to heights. From sensational traverses to pinnacles, waterfalls to jungle, hiking Table Mountain allows you to experience nature’s delights and get up close and personal with the mountain. The above photo shows Table Mountain from the west, the
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