Monthly Archives August 2013

Hiking Table Mountain with children – 26 August 2013

Table Mountain hiking is an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family, but extra care needs to be taken when deciding on the route. Generally speaking, kids climb better and are fitter, more adventurous, bolder and less intimidated by heights than adults, so ideally you want to hike Table Mountain via a route that involves some excitement and adventure in the form of
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Photo of the week – August week #4: Spring Buttress

I’ve been hiking Table Mountain up all the routes and in all weather conditions, so you could be forgiven for thinking that my appreciation of the environment has dulled somewhat, but you’d be very wrong. An ascent of Spring Buttress last week reminded me once again how varied and multi-faceted Table Mountain hiking and scrambling really is. I had done the route several times, but
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Exploring Table Mountain's tabletop summit – 16 August 2013

If views are more important to you than the sense of achievement from hiking Table Mountain, or if you are very unfit, then you should consider taking the cable car to the summit and exploring the ‘table’ of Table Mountain. Also known as the upper plateau or summit plateau, it measures about 2.5 kilometers in length and ranges in width from around 100 meters on
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Exploring Table Mountain’s tabletop summit – 16 August 2013

If views are more important to you than the sense of achievement from hiking Table Mountain, or if you are very unfit, then you should consider taking the cable car to the summit and exploring the ‘table’ of Table Mountain. Also known as the upper plateau or summit plateau, it measures about 2.5 kilometers in length and ranges in width from around 100 meters on
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Photo of the week – August week #3: Hiking Table Mountain in the rain

It was renowned Polar explorer, Roald Amundsen, who said ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing’, and that doesn’t only hold true for polar exploration, but also Table Mountain hiking. If you only have one day available to hike Table Mountain and you wake up to find the mountain lost in rain and cloud, do not despair; simply layer up and hit
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Photo of the week – August week #2: Table Mountain fogbound

Of all the weather conditions you might encounter while hiking Table Mountain, the most dramatic must surely be when fog rolls in off the Atlantic and piles up against the mountain’s northern and / or western slopes. Sometimes the fog creeps up the sheer cliffs and over a portion of the summit or 12 Apostles, creating otherworldly and grand views as well as settings. Brocken
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Hiking down Table Mountain – 11 August 2013

What goes up must come down and this also applies to tackling a mountain. Most of the time. Table Mountain is graced – or to some, defaced – with a cable car, the upper station of which does a good job of breaking the iconic profile of the mountain, so hikers have the luxury of gliding off the mountain after their trek to the summit.
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The mental aspect of hiking Table Mountain – 6 August 2013

Expectations have the power to shape an experience, and this holds true when it comes to hiking Table Mountain. Most people know very little what to expect. I’ve had people who were surprised to find that it involves uphill walking. Because of the mountain’s proximity to a city, it’s easy to think of Table Mountain as tame and underestimate the amount of time and energy
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Photo of the week – August week #1: Grotto-Fountain-Cairn Traverse

Table Mountain hikes come in all difficulty and adventure levels, from leisurely strolls along the summit plateau to challenging scrambles off the beaten track. The Grotto-Fountain-Cairn Traverse is of the latter kind. The route picks an ingenious line up the western side of Table Mountain’s ‘table’, traversing sheer cliffs and including several tricky scrambles. If you are adventurous, in good shape, up for a challenge
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Table Mountain at sunrise – 30 July 2013

Watching the sunrise from the summit of Table Mountain requires a very early rise and a 2.5 hour hike, up Platteklip Gorge and across the table top to Maclear’s Beacon, highest point on Table Mountain. It’s an unforgettable experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. For maximum effect, the best vantage point is located about a 30-minute walk beyond Maclear’s
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