Monthly Archives January 2014

Top 10 Table Mountain hiking location # 10: Cleft Peak – 28 January 2014

Few hikers bother with Cleft Peak. Located a short distance beyond the heads of Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine on the Back Table, it does not beg exploration or ascent, yet it offers unusual and panoramic views to the inquisitive souls who opt to trudge up to its rocky summit. Here’s yet another example why Table Mountain hiking constitutes far more than gaining the “Table”.
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Photo of the week – January week #4: Spring Buttress

Spring Buttress, formerly known as the Seventh Apostle Buttress, is one of the 12 Apostles, a chain of peaks extending behind the tabletop summit of Table Mountain. It offers some of the best Table Mountain hiking, if not the best. About 12 routes lead up the Apostles, all of them distinct from its neighbor in character, difficulty and features. Spring Buttress is convoluted and featured,
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Top 10 Table Mountain hiking location # 9: Orange Ridge – 21 January 2014

An aerial view of Table Mountain along with a little imagination will show it to resemble a molar tooth in shape. Orange Ridge is located at the base of the tooth between the two roots, overlooking a pristine forested valley known as Orange Kloof. Despite its accessibility, the area is seldom visited, no doubt because of its nondescript appearance from the main trail leading up
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Photo of the week – January week #3: Southern Apostles

Table Mountain hiking encompasses much more than gaining the world-renowned tabletop summit of Table Mountain. The ‘Table’ might be the famous part of the mountain, but it only constitutes about 5% of the Table Mountain massif’s total surface area. And just like standing on the Eiffel Tower would give you a sense of achievement but not necessarily the best views of the tower, so it
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Photo of the week – January week #2: Hiddingh-Ascension via Ferny Dell

Table Mountain hiking consists of a wide variety of routes, some leading along well-defined trails and involving only steps, others scrambling and exposure to heights. Then there are remote routes far off the beaten track that traverses rugged terrain. Hiddingh-Ascension falls into this category, and if you opt for the Ferny Dell variation along its middle sections, you have arguably the most challenging hiking route
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Top 10 Table Mountain hiking location #8: Kloof Corner Pinnacle – 15 January 2014

When it comes to Table Mountain hiking, the best viewpoints offers views both away from the mountain – to the landscape below and the distant horizon – and back onto the mountain. Views from the summit of Table Mountain are one-dimensional in that they offer outward views only. Hiking Table Mountain takes you past locations that offers three-dimensional views: up-down, forward and backward. Kloof Corner
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Top 10 Table Mountain hiking location #7: Judas Peak – 8 January 2014

Judas Peak is the southernmost peak in the chain of peaks known as the 12 Apostles. Barely visible from below and appearing as a nondescript mound from the Apostle Skyline trail, one would never suspect the sensational views to be had from its rocky summit. The surrounding area offers some of the best Table Mountain hiking, and Judas Peak serves as a fitting culmination to
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Photo of the week – January week #1: Porcupine Ravine

For sea views, solitude and sculpted sandstone, look no further than Porcupine Ravine, one of several Table Mountain hiking routes leading up the 12 Apostles. The route ascends the lower slopes of Porcupine Buttress, first of the 12 Apostles, before ducking into Porcupine Ravine, where it follows the watercourse to near the summit, involving a few bits of fun scrambling and offering two viewpoints from
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