Monthly Archives April 2013

India Venster – 26 April 2013

India Venster is arguably the best half-day route to the summit (‘Table’) of Table Mountain, but not the easiest. The route involves intermediate scrambling (easy climbing) and exposure to heights about 15% of the way, so in order to enjoy it, you need a fairly good head for heights and a sense of adventure. Hiking up Table Mountain via India Venster is challenging not only
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Photo of the week – April week #4: Constantia Corner

From above, the Table Mountain massif roughly resembles a molar tooth, the tabletop summit forming the crown, the Twelve Apostles the left root and the Eastern or Suburban buttresses the right root. Constantia Corner is the ridge leading up to the right root – the southeastern extremity of Table Mountain. As far as hiking Table Mountain goes, this route offers two unique features: sculpted rock-formations
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Photo of the week – April week #3: Grotto-Fountain-Cairn Traverse

The Grotto-Fountain-Cairn Traverse must rank as one of the most challenging and sensational hiking routes on Table Mountain. It leads up the imposing west side of the mountain, picking an ingenious line past forbidding cliffs. Table Mountain hiking does not get more exciting than this. The route follows Grotto Ravine to a point about midway up the mountain, then traverses across a series of cliffs
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Photo of the week – April week #2: Table Mountain adventure hiking

Many hiking routes lead up the Twelve Apostles – the chain of peaks extending behind Table Mountain’s tabletop summit – offering dramatic and featured topography with sea views and solitude. One of the more challenging routes is Woody Buttress, a B-grade (intermediate difficulty) ascent that offers varied scrambling on clean and sound rock. If you have a sense of adventure, then this is vintage Table
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Quote of the week – April week #3: How long to hike Table Mountain?

“How long to get upstairs?” Question by a German hiker wanting to know the duration of our proposed route up Table Mountain.   Hiking up Table Mountain can take anything from 25 minutes (time achieved by some trail-runners  up the easiest route) to 34 days (time taken by an eighteenth-century expedition to survey the mountain and botanize along the way). The average times taken to
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Quote of the week – April week #2: Table Mountain adventure

“Where the ledge ends, the leader ties on and passes round a bulge. Anything more sensational could not be wished. He finds himself on a little ledge, a few inches wide, split, fissured, looking like a row of crazy unstable tiles. He sees nothing below except the slope eight hundred feet below, while the face above presses him outwards. Carefully he works his way around.
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Quote of the week – April week #1: The Spirit of the Mountains

“Our route mattered little. We seemed to float up the lower slopes with a minimum of effort; over small pitches of rock; into little heather-choked gullies; and up onto a mountain’s crest. Rocky peaklet followed rocky peaklet and we flitted from top to top until, after what seemed merely minutes but was probably hours, we arrived at the main summit. We had climbed a mountain
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Photo of the week – April week #1: Table Mountain's 'table'

As a Table Mountain guide with a lively sense of adventure and a penchant for exploration, I have had the privilege of seeing practically every nook and cranny of the mountain in all conditions, and one of my favorite places is an inconspicuous solitude on the Eastern Table in misty, windless conditions. It features a pool of water, or lakelet, topped up by the winter
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Photo of the week – April week #1: Table Mountain’s ‘table’

As a Table Mountain guide with a lively sense of adventure and a penchant for exploration, I have had the privilege of seeing practically every nook and cranny of the mountain in all conditions, and one of my favorite places is an inconspicuous solitude on the Eastern Table in misty, windless conditions. It features a pool of water, or lakelet, topped up by the winter
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