Monthly Archives July 2014

Hiking Table Mountain during the annual cable car maintenance closure – 24 July 2014

The cable car will be closed from 28 July till 10 August for its annual maintenance. This means that if you want to get to the iconic and famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain, you have to hike up – and back down. Reaching the summit of a mountain is only the halfway mark. Downhill might not be so tough on the lungs and legs,
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Photo of the week – July week #4: Els Ravine

If you love jungles and solitude as well as adventure, then hiking Table Mountain via Els Ravine will delight you. Few people ever ascend this route, so you have the pristine nature to yourself. Three routes lead up to the Saddle (the neck linking Table Mountain with Devil’s Peak) from the Newlands side of Table Mountain, all of them following ravines. Els Ravine is the southernmost
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Photo of the week – July week #3: Llandudno Peak

  When viewed from above Table Mountain – a massif, or mountain mass consisting of several peaks – roughly resembles a molar tooth. The crown represents the famous tabletop summit, and the left root the 12 Apostles. At the tip of the root, or the southernmost tip of the 12 Apostles, a salient rocky knoll projects above the rounded skyline of Llandudno Corner. Called Llandudno Peak,
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Planning your Table Mountain hike: Dodging the bad weather – 17 July 2014

You can hike up Table Mountain in just about any kind of weather, but for the best experience you need little or no cloud or wind. In fact, a little cloud and wind is ideal. Table Mountain’s weather is temperamental. One often gets four seasons in a day, so it makes sense to be prepared. Mountains are marked by orographic weather – rain and cloud
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Hiking Table Mountain needn't be a slog – 13 July 2014

Talk about mountain-climbing typically conjures up one of two images in the minds of people: hanging by your fingertips over an abysmal drop, torso and arms rippling with muscle; or plodding wearily up an interminable slope, hunched over and streaming with sweat. While getting to the top of a mountain often involves at least one of the above, it needn’t be the case. Scrambling – the
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Hiking Table Mountain needn’t be a slog – 13 July 2014

Talk about mountain-climbing typically conjures up one of two images in the minds of people: hanging by your fingertips over an abysmal drop, torso and arms rippling with muscle; or plodding wearily up an interminable slope, hunched over and streaming with sweat. While getting to the top of a mountain often involves at least one of the above, it needn’t be the case. Scrambling – the
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Photo of the week – July week #2: Left Face 'B'

Table Mountain hiking routes differ greatly in character. Each offer unique features and challenges to the hiker. Even two adjacent routes can provide a very different experience. Left Face ‘B’ has one attribute that sets it apart from all other routes: it tackles the formidable and iconic front face of Table Mountain head-on, without ducking into the sheltered confines of a ravine, and not involving
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Photo of the week – July week #2: Left Face ‘B’

Table Mountain hiking routes differ greatly in character. Each offer unique features and challenges to the hiker. Even two adjacent routes can provide a very different experience. Left Face ‘B’ has one attribute that sets it apart from all other routes: it tackles the formidable and iconic front face of Table Mountain head-on, without ducking into the sheltered confines of a ravine, and not involving
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Table Mountain waterfalls – 3 July 2014

Winter in Cape Town adds something unique to Table Mountain hiking: waterfalls. About 80% of the Cape’s annual rainfall occurs in the months June to August, so Table Mountain’s many ravines come alive with the sound of gushing water. During heavy rains, streams spring up out of nowhere, and trickles turn to torrents in a matter of minutes. Due to the mountain’s steepness and the
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Photo of the week – July week #1: Afro-montane forest

The scene in the photo can easily be thought to belong in the Amazon jungle or some other equatorial rainforest, but in fact it occurs on the lower eastern and southern slopes of Table Mountain. This type of forest, called Southern Afrotemperate Forest, is a sub-type of Afromontane forest, a forest type found in pockets across sub-Saharan Africa, usually above 1500 meters elevation. Table Mountain’s
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