Monthly Archives December 2013

Top 10 Table Mountain hiking location #6: Klaasens Buttress – 20 December 2013

Tucked away in Orange Kloof, Klaasens Buttress protrudes modestly from the inside of the southeastern bastion of the Table Mountain massif, overlooking one of the most pristine and beautiful areas on the mountain. Few know of its charms, suspecting it of being little more than a rocky mound, but its summit area contains some of the most unusual rock-formations on Table Mountain: a jumble of
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Photo of the week – December week #3: Southern Apostles

Few people are aware of the beauties and topographical gems found on the southern segment of the 12 Apostles – that chain of peaks extending behind (south) the tabletop summit of Table Mountain. Hiking Table Mountain needn’t always lead up to the famous and iconic “Table”, and for good reason: the soul of Table Mountain resides in the unfrequented regions, and the southern Apostles is
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Top 10 Table Mountain hiking location #5: Grootkop summit – 10 December 2013

I’m tempted to vote the summit of Grootkop as my all-time favorite location on Table Mountain; but then again, I feel that way about several others! But it definitely ranks as one of my top 3 locations on the mountain… along with 3 others. Anyway, the trek up to the summit is not inconsiderable, but you are amply rewarded for your efforts. Grootkop can be
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Photo of the week – December week #2: Hiking Table Mountain via Kloof Corner

Kloof Corner ridge is one of the most striking and prominent ridge lines on Table Mountain, marking the corner between the north and west sides of the mountain. When it comes to Table Mountain hiking, Kloof Corner offers a sensational and challenging way to the top, involving scrambling and exposure to heights, so ideal for the adventurous hiker. Much variation is possible if you know
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Hiking Table Mountain along its backwater routes – 4 December 2013

Table Mountain is much more than just its famous and iconic tabletop summit. In fact, about 90% of Table Mountain lies behind the ‘Table’ – and so does 90% of the hiking. Getting to the summit plateau (i.e. the tabletop) is a non-negotiable for most first-time hikers on Table Mountain, and rightly so: it’s the highest and the famous part of the mountain, and the
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Photo of the week – December week #1: Woody Buttress

I can’t think of another route on Table Mountain that offers the delightful and consistent scrambling found on the Woody Buttress route, located on the seventh Apostle of the 12 Apostles. To refer to it as a mere hike would by an injustice bordering on an outrage. Woody Buttress is a scramble – that nebulous mountain activity bridging the gap between hiking and climbing –
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