Monthly Archives September 2014

Photo of the week – September week #4: Corridor Buttress

Table Mountain hiking routes cover much of the viewpoints and points of interest the mountain has to offer, but there are a few exciting vantage points and topographical features that requires a short digression. The summit of Corridor Buttress is one such digression, worthy of the extra time and effort required. Arguably the most imposing and beautiful peak in the 12 Apostle range, Corridor Buttress
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Hiking Table Mountain: Why it's better to start early – 18 September 2014

With summer fast approaching and temperatures on the rise, hitting the trail at the crack of dawn goes a long way in ensuring an enjoyable hike. Excessive heat makes a hike tougher as well as unpleasant, so better to endure the fleeting discomfort of having to get up in the dark than the 4-odd hours of discomfort you’ll experience if you don’t. Just like you maximize
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Hiking Table Mountain: Why it’s better to start early – 18 September 2014

With summer fast approaching and temperatures on the rise, hitting the trail at the crack of dawn goes a long way in ensuring an enjoyable hike. Excessive heat makes a hike tougher as well as unpleasant, so better to endure the fleeting discomfort of having to get up in the dark than the 4-odd hours of discomfort you’ll experience if you don’t. Just like you maximize
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Photo of the week – September week #3: Myburgh's Corner

  No two Table Mountain hikes are the same. Differences occur in terrain, topography, flora, views and mood. Myburgh’s Corner leads up the southernmost end of the Table Mountain massif. Flanked by Hout Bay valley to the south and Orange Kloof (a pristine, forested valley) to the north, it offers superb views an unusual angles onto the surroundings. It’s an obscure route, rarely done, so
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Photo of the week – September week #3: Myburgh’s Corner

  No two Table Mountain hikes are the same. Differences occur in terrain, topography, flora, views and mood. Myburgh’s Corner leads up the southernmost end of the Table Mountain massif. Flanked by Hout Bay valley to the south and Orange Kloof (a pristine, forested valley) to the north, it offers superb views an unusual angles onto the surroundings. It’s an obscure route, rarely done, so
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Hiking Table Mountain in the Southeaster – 10 September 2014

With the Southeaster season fast approaching, let’s look at a few facts and realities about hiking Table Mountain in Cape Town’s famous, or notorious, wind. For those who don’t know, the Southeaster is Cape Town’s prevailing summer wind, blowing, as the name suggests, from the southeast from around mid October and fizzling out in February. It’s a consistent wind, often blowing up to 5 days non-stop, and
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Photo of the week – September week #2: Spring Buttress

Spring Buttress is on of the Twelve Apostles, a chain of peaks extending behind Table Mountain and considered part of it. Several Table Mountain hikes lead of Spring Buttress, its convoluted terrain lending itself to varied hiking. Routes have spread like a rash across the folds and features of the buttress, some using the preliminary sections, or approaches, of climbing routes. Others came into being
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Hiking Table Mountain: why use a guide? – 3 September 2014

Table Mountain is one of the world’s most iconic and famous mountains, so it makes sense to get the most out of it when you’re in Cape Town. And you achieve this not by taking the cable car to the summit, nor by hiking up on your own via Platteklip Gorge (quickest and easiest route to the summit, but also the least scenic and exciting), but
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Photo of the week – September week #1: Grotto-Fountain-Cairn Traverse

  Table Mountain hiking comprises vastly different types of terrain, from rock-steps up a gentle slope to narrow ledges on the side of a cliff. The Grotto-Fountain-Cairn Traverse is an example of the latter, and a good one at that. It’s the longest and arguably most sensational walking traverse on Table Mountain, stretching from Grotto Ravine across Fountain Ravine to the head of Cairn Ravine, picking
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