Monthly Archives May 2014

Why use a guide when hiking Table Mountain? – 26 May 2014

Despite Table Mountain’s proximity to a city and the existence of a cable car to its summit, it remains a mountain and therefore due respect. The mountain is higher, bigger and more rugged than most people think. The terrain is unforgiving and the weather capricious. Many routes lead up all sides of the mountain, each showcasing a different aspect of the mountain as well as
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Photo of the week – May week #4: Llandudno Ravine

Hiking Table Mountain is a multi-faceted experience that cannot be represented by any one route. The mountain covers a big area and each side offers different views, topography, vegetation and mood. While the thrill and significance of topping out on the famous and iconic “Table” remains incentives for tackling routes that lead up the “Table”, other areas of the mountain offers unique attractions for the
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Hiking Table Mountain: slog or adventure – 19 May 2014

One man’s plod is another man’s adventure; and one man’s adventure is another man’s trauma. Table Mountain hikes vary greatly in character, just like people. Route choice can make or break the experience. But that’s another topic: the point I want to drive home in this blog post is that hiking up Table Mountain does not have to be a relentless uphill slog. Many routes
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Photo of the week – May week #3: Table Mountain hiking via Kloof Corner

Of all the many features on Table Mountain, Kloof Corner Ridge must rank as one of the most prominent. It marks the great northwest corner of the mountain, where its famous northern slopes abruptly turns to face westward. Comprising three nouns – kloof (‘valley’ or ‘ravine’ in Afrikaans, corner and ridge – the route picks a line just left of the crest along the lower
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Photo of the week – May week #2: Hout Bay Corner

There are those who think that hiking Table Mountain involves little more than a tedious uphill plod. A wearisome trudge that offers scant stimulation for the mind, body or soul. Not Hout Bay Corner. Exposed scrambling on a unfrequented part of the mountain makes this route a delight to those with a sense of adventure and a good head for heights. It leads up the southwest extremity of the Table
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Peace and quiet when hiking Table Mountain – 7 May 2014

If there’s one defining characteristic of Table Mountain hiking, then it’s peace and quiet in a pristine wilderness environment. No views required. If views are eye candy, then mountain solitude is soul candy. The set out on a hike with only views in mind is to rob yourself of a multidimensional experience of nature. Despite its proximity to a bustling city, large parts of Table Mountain’s
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Photo of the week – May week #1: Table Mountain hikes and solitude

I guess solitude does not rank very high on most people’s list of what defines Table Mountain hiking. And as a mountain within a city, you might be forgiven for thinking Table Mountain has been stripped of all its peace and quiet; and you’d be right if you take the cable car to the summit and experience the civilized and commercialized western tip of the tabletop.
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