Monthly Archives March 2014

"Are we there yet?" What Table Mountain hiking is not – 24 March 2014

Table Mountain hiking means different things to different people – and different things to the same people on different routes and different days. Some take to the mountain for peace and quiet; to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and the grind of daily life. Others do so for exercise, for adventure, or to connect with nature. Many hike Table Mountain merely to
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“Are we there yet?” What Table Mountain hiking is not – 24 March 2014

Table Mountain hiking means different things to different people – and different things to the same people on different routes and different days. Some take to the mountain for peace and quiet; to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and the grind of daily life. Others do so for exercise, for adventure, or to connect with nature. Many hike Table Mountain merely to
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Photo of the week – March week #4: Corridor Buttress

Different Table Mountain hikes offer different objectives and natural features. Corridor Buttress, one of the 12 Apostles, ranks as one of the most striking features on Table Mountain. Shaped like the prow of a ship, this august buttress draws the eye from afar and makes for a worthwhile objective when hiking Table Mountain. For a circumambulation of the buttress, follow the Pipe Track past Corridor
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Photo of the week – March week #3: Hiking Table Mountain in the Tablecloth

What’s the connection between a tablecloth, a Cape Doctor and Table Mountain hiking? Simple: the Tablecloth forms when the Cape Doctor blows, impacting on Table Mountain hiking. The Tablecloth is a cloud formation often seen on Table Mountain during summer, typically when the Southeaster wind, or Cape Doctor, blows. And if you’re hiking Table Mountain in the Southeaster season, you need to know how it
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Hiking Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge – 19 March 2014

Platteklip Gorge (Dutch / Afrikaans for Flat Rock Gorge) is the quickest, easiest and oldest route up Table Mountain, but also the least scenic and exciting. It’s better than taking the cable car to the summit, but as far as Table Mountain hiking goes, it doesn’t do the mountain  justice. The trail is well-defined and consists of rock steps: natural rock from the mountain rolled
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Photo of the week – March week #2: Table Mountain hikes and views

Hiking Table Mountain allows you to get different perspectives on the surroundings as well as the mountain itself. Views are a non-negotiable for most people when hiking Table Mountain, but they tend to forget that views are not always outward onto the sea or city or distant mountains, but also Table Mountain itself. Some Table Mountain hikes lead up a prominent ridge or pass over
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Braving the wind when hiking Table Mountain – 11 March 2014

I know few people who enjoy being out and about in the wind. There are those who prefer hiking Table Mountain in the driving rain rather than the raging Southeaster – Cape Town’s prevailing summer wind – and sensible hikers they are. Cape Town is a pretty wind-swept city and towering Table Mountain catches the brunt of it. Buffeted by the rain-bearing Northwest in winter
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Hiking Table Mountain up Left Face 'B' – 6 March 2014

Hundreds of routes lead up the iconic front of Table Mountain, most of them climbing routes, only five hiking routes, four of which involve scrambling and two of those of a technical degree that necessitates the use of ropes for the average hiker. The only hiking route up the famous front face of Table Mountain not requiring ropes – and does not follow the natural
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Hiking Table Mountain up Left Face ‘B’ – 6 March 2014

Hundreds of routes lead up the iconic front of Table Mountain, most of them climbing routes, only five hiking routes, four of which involve scrambling and two of those of a technical degree that necessitates the use of ropes for the average hiker. The only hiking route up the famous front face of Table Mountain not requiring ropes – and does not follow the natural
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Photo of the week – March week #1: Hiking Table Mountain via Blind Gully

Table Mountain hiking routes differ greatly from each other. Much like people, they have their own character: views, topography, vegetation and mood as well as level of challenge and adventure. Table Mountain hikes exist for every fitness and experience level, every preference and interests as well as every sense of adventure. Blind Gully is not for the average hiker, but for those who thrive on
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