Monthly Archives October 2014

Photo of the week – October week #4: Blinkwater Needle

Hiking Table Mountain is far more than a slope-slog to the summit. The landscape is too featured. Bisected by ravines, the Table Mountain massif contains topographical titbits – caves, pinnacles, labyrinths, subterranean streams, sculpted rock, sensational cliffside traverses and imposing cliffs – that spices up a hike. Blinkwater Needle is one such titbit. Located on the north side of the first and highest of the 12
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Hiking Table Mountain for so many reasons – 25 October 2014

Table Mountain has been known by many names over the centuries. The indigenous Khoi called it Hoerikwaggo, meaning ‘mountain in the sea’. The first Europeans to arrive, the Portuguese, named it Table of the Cape (Taboa do Cabo) in 1503, from where its current name derived. The Dutch called it Tafelberg (Dutch for Table Mountain). Local climbers and hikers sometimes affectionately refer to the mountain
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Hiking Table Mountain along its tabletop summit – 23 October 2014

Table Mountain is arguably most famous for its uncanny shape, resembling a tabletop when views from the front / north. But most people who visit Table Mountain only experience the western tip of the “Table”, content only on getting a bird’s eye view of the city and surroundings, and on ticking off one of Cape Town’s top attractions. Extending about 1.4 miles (2.4 kilometres) end
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Photo of the week – October week #3: Table Mountain hikes along the 12 Apostles

Slangolie Buttress, Corridor Buttress and Grootkop draws the eye when ever viewed from anywhere along the coastal road between Camps Bay and Hout Bay. These prominent three Apostles offers some superb hiking packed with interesting topographical features, not to mention jaw-dropping views. One could spend a long summer’s day just circumventing these peaks, savouring their striking rock-formations. Several Table Mountain hiking routes can be used to access
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The many faces of hiking Table Mountain – 16 October 2014

Covering 58 square kilometres, Table Mountain offers several habitats, from lush indigenous forest reminiscent of a tropical rain-forest to shrubland punctuated with sculpted rock. The mountain features four distinct sides, each unique from the other in terms of views, topography, vegetation, weather and mood. The north side – the famous side that features the iconic outline of Table Mountain – overlooks the city; the east
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Photo of the week- October week #2: Hiking Table Mountain's famous tabletop

Hiking Table Mountain typically involves topping out in the Upper Plateau, Table Mountain’s famous “table”. Measuring about 2.5 kilometres in length, and ranging from about 100 meters at its narrowest to 800 meters at its widest end, the iconic tabletop summit is a micro-world featuring a micro-habitat and micro-climate. Most people gain the summit via the cableway, located on the western end, and then remain in that
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Photo of the week- October week #2: Hiking Table Mountain’s famous tabletop

Hiking Table Mountain typically involves topping out in the Upper Plateau, Table Mountain’s famous “table”. Measuring about 2.5 kilometres in length, and ranging from about 100 meters at its narrowest to 800 meters at its widest end, the iconic tabletop summit is a micro-world featuring a micro-habitat and micro-climate. Most people gain the summit via the cableway, located on the western end, and then remain in that
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Hiking Table Mountain in the Tablecloth – 3 October 2014

The Tablecloth is a famous cloud-formation on Table Mountain, occurring from around mid October to late January, usually when the Southeaster is blowing, Cape Town’s prevailing summer wind. Moisture-laden air, forced to rise when blown against the mountain, cools and condenses, forming a bank of cloud that engulfs the mountain. The Tablecloth varies in size, sometimes resembling a veil that creeps over the mountain, other times a
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Photo of the week – October week #1: Porcupine Ravine

The chain of seaboard peaks and buttresses extending behind the iconic tabletop summit of Table Mountain, known as the 12 Apostles, offers many delightful routes up the mountain. The first Apostle (closest to the “Table” and the upper cable station) is called Porcupine Buttress. Its summit bears a different name, Blinkwater Peak, and as the highest point on the 12 Apostles, offers panoramic views. Porcupine Ravine
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A few things you should know about Table Mountain hiking – 30 September 2014

Most first-time visitors to Cape Town find Table Mountain bigger and steeper than they had imagined. And steeper and bigger still once they start hiking up. And they’re surprised to find how rugged the terrain is. And how quickly the weather can change. And that the mountain is actually a pretty wild place not to be trifled with, despite its proximity to a city and
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