Monthly Archives July 2013

Llandudno Ravine: a delightful Table Mountain hike – 23 July 2013

If you’ve never hiked on Table Mountain, it’s natural to want to experience the iconic tabletop summit. But if you’ve already set foot on the summit plateau via the cable car or by hiking up, then Llandudno Ravine should rank high up on your list of second routes to do. Even if you haven’t been on the tabletop summit, Llandudno Ravine offers superb views across
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Photo of the week – July week #4: Table Mountain forests

Table Mountain hiking is not only varied in terms of terrain and views, but also vegetation. While most of the mountain is covered in low shrub, indigenous forest can be found on the lower southern and eastern slopes of  the mountain, and extending up the ravines on those slopes. Known as Afro-montane forest, this forest type is reminiscent of tropical jungle. If you enjoy jungle
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Photo of the week – July week #3: Kloof Corner

Kloof Corner follows a prominent ridge the forms the right skyline of Table Mountain when viewed from the north – the iconic and best-known view of Table Mountain. The ridge terminates about 150 meters below the summit at the foot of sheer cliffs, from where you latch onto the India Venster route to gain the summit via a lengthy ┬átraverse to the back of the
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Fitness required for hiking Table Mountain – 14 July 2013

How much fitness is required to hike up Table Mountain? The short answer: not much – at least not via the easiest and shortest route. It’s worth remembering that what you lack in fitness or stamina, you would have to make up for with perseverance and determination. Better unfit and determined than of average fitness and unmotivated or apathetic. If you’re not prepared to break
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Photo of the week – July week #2: Hiking Table Mountain via Blinkwater Ravine

Blinkwater Ravine slices up the northwestern side of Table Mountain, serving as a separation between the ‘Table’ and the 12 Apostles. Tucked away in the recesses of a massive fold in the western aspect of the mountain, it offers lots of geological drama and pristine nature. The ravine terminates about 170 meters below the tabletop summit, at the head of Echo Valley, source of the
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Photo of the week – July week #1: Hiking Table Mountain in the mist

Hiking Table Mountain in the mist can be an unforgettable experience. Sure, views are nice, but not all is lost if the mountain is capped with cloud, as is often the case. Mist creates surreal and otherworldly landscapes in which the lack of views accentuates the impressions of your immediate surroundings. A bit of sunlight slanting in from one side can create magical atmospheric phenomena
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Walking vs Scrambling – 6 July 2013

The great majority of hiking routes leading up Table Mountain involve scrambling at some point along the way. Scrambling can be defined as the grey area between walking and climbing; to be safe, consider it as easy or elementary climbing. Some people view easy scrambling as steep walking; hard scrambling can safely be called easy climbing. There are shades of grey; it is not a
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