Monthly Archives August 2014

Hiking Table Mountain: You remember the hike more than the summit views – 26 August 2014

Great as the views from the summit of Table Mountain might be (on a clear day), it’s the actual hike that most people remember and reminisce in years to come. It’s where are the personal growth occurs, and where stories come into being, and where you engage with the mountain rather than merely using it as a pedestal to gaze into the distance. The old
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Photo of the week – August week #4: Table Mountain rock-formations

Table Mountain is a crumbling relic – a shadow of the mountain it used to be about 260 million years ago when it was formed. Back then, the mountain soared about 5 times higher. Millions of storms have hewn it down to its present height and shape. Wind and rain continue to gnaw away at it: if the current rate of erosion continues, Table Mountain
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Photo of the week – August week #3: Llandudno Traverse

There are two kinds of traverses:  those performed out of necessity in order to reach the summit and those used to access a different part of the mountain or for scenic purposes. Llandudno Traverse falls in to the latter kind. Several Table Mountain hikes and climbs lead off it, and it also provides engaging hiking along a pristine and unfrequented part of Table Mountain, the southern
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Hiking Table Mountain, not just the 'Table' – 19 August 2014

Table Mountain’s famous and iconic tabletop summit only constitutes about 5% of the Table Mountain massif. Hiking Table Mountain offers much more than just reaching the “Table”. While the upper plateau remains a fascinating place, it far from represents what Table Mountain hiking is all about. Table Mountain hikes come up from all sides of the 58-square-kilometer massif, each offering a unique experience, each with a
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Hiking Table Mountain, not just the ‘Table’ – 19 August 2014

Table Mountain’s famous and iconic tabletop summit only constitutes about 5% of the Table Mountain massif. Hiking Table Mountain offers much more than just reaching the “Table”. While the upper plateau remains a fascinating place, it far from represents what Table Mountain hiking is all about. Table Mountain hikes come up from all sides of the 58-square-kilometer massif, each offering a unique experience, each with a
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Determination makes up for lack of fitness when hiking Table Mountain – 13 August 2014

Determination makes up for a lot of things in life, and it does so for lack of fitness when it comes to Table Mountain hiking. If you’re unfit, you need to realize that hiking up Table Mountain is going to require more time, effort and mental stamina, or determination. If you are bent on hiking up and you are prepared to get tired and take
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Photo of the week – August week #2: Table Mountain hikes and the presence of cloud

Certain types of cloud formations can actually enhance your Table Mountain hiking experience, adding to the dramatic topography through movement and the accentuation of natural features like peaks and pinnacles, buttresses and ravines. It also creates the effect of making you feel much higher that you really are. Furthermore, clouds is in a constant state of flux, which means that your views change all the
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Table Mountain hikes: What kind of terrain? – 4 August 2014

Table Mountain hiking covers many types of terrain, from well-defined paths up solid rock-steps to rugged terrain that involves bush, loose rock, scrambling and steep ground exposed to heights. Distance and elevation gain impacts much less on the severity of a hike than terrain. Why would you choose a route that involves difficult terrain when there are ones leading across easier terrain? Because they take you off
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Photo of the week – August week #1: Table Mountain jungle

It’s a jungle out there – the Southern Afro-temperate type, a sub-type of Afro-montane forest, pockets of Amazon-like jungle that occur on mountains in sub-tropical Africa. Table Mountain hikes on the eastern and southern slopes leads through this forest type, adding depth of character to the already flamboyant personality that is Table Mountain hiking. Afternoon shade combined with ample rain account for the occurrence of these forests. Spared
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