Monthly Archives October 2013

Photo of the week – October week #4: Table Mountain's built-up caves

Hiking Table Mountain is first and foremost an experience of nature. Large parts of the mountain remain pristine, the environment unaltered, the peace and solitude undisturbed. The indigenous tribes of the Cape – the Khoi and San – lived on the plains around Table Mountain; if they did leave any rock art or shelters on the mountain in the course of hunting or gathering excursions,
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Photo of the week – October week #4: Table Mountain’s built-up caves

Hiking Table Mountain is first and foremost an experience of nature. Large parts of the mountain remain pristine, the environment unaltered, the peace and solitude undisturbed. The indigenous tribes of the Cape – the Khoi and San – lived on the plains around Table Mountain; if they did leave any rock art or shelters on the mountain in the course of hunting or gathering excursions,
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Hiking Table Mountain to the top, or not – 26 October 2013

Table Mountain is what’s known as a massif – a mountain mass consisting of several peaks – the highest part being a very un-summit-like feature know as the ‘Table’ – Table Mountain’s famous and iconic tabletop, a plateau measuring about 2.6 kilometers in length and 800 meters across at its widest point. Extending behind and on the east side of the ‘Table’ (also known as
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Hiking Table Mountain on the edge – 20 October 2013

Table Mountain’s tabletop summit offers far more delights and discovery than a ride up in the cable car leads one to believe. The upper cable station is an island of civilization set on the northwest corner of the Table Mountain massif, which covers an area of 57 square kilometres, most of it pristine wilderness. The summit drops off sheer on all but the back (south)
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Photo of the week – October week #3: Blind Gully

Leading up the north side of Porcupine Buttress (the first of the 12 Apostles), Blind Gully offers varied and exciting hiking off-the-beaten track. As far as Table Mountain hiking goes, the views both away from and onto the mountain ranks as some of the best. The upper section of the route overlooks a dramatic part of the mountain. A feature of the route is Blinkwater
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Photo of the week – October week #2: Blinkwater Ravine

Blinkwater Ravine separates Table Mountain’s tabletop summit from the 12 Apostles. It’s one of the few hikes on the western side of the mountain that offers indigenous jungle and sea views on the ascent. The route leads up a prominent ravine and involves rugged terrain (lose rock, bush) in places as well as B-grade scrambling and a bit of exposure to heights. Hiking Table Mountain
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Photo of the week – October week #1: Silverstream Buttress

Table Mountain hiking routes can be likened to people’s character in that they are unique, showcasing the mountain in different ways and each having a distinct mood. Silverstream Buttress leads up the front of the mountain, offering superb views onto the iconic face of Table Mountain. The lower 90% of the route involves C-grade scrambling; the top rock band being the meat in the sandwich
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Hiking Table Mountain in the Southeaster – 10 October 2013

The Southeaster season is upon us, heralding summer and bringing a breath of fresh sea air to Cape Town. This year it made landfall on the 4th of October, effectively ending a prolonged winter. For those who don’t know, the Southeaster is a wind that blows, often gale-force, from the southeast, as the name suggests. As the prevailing wind in summer, it does a good
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Hiking Table Mountain at the crack of dawn – 5 October 2013

Summer is around the corner. The sun is rising earlier and the days are warming up. When it comes to Table Mountain hiking, few things ruin a hike as much as a late start on a hot day. To get the best out of your hike, start out at sunrise. Early bird gets the worm and it also applies to Table Mountain hiking. Here’s why:
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