Monthly Archives November 2014

The nature of hiking Table Mountain – 27 November 2014

The single most amazing thing about Table Mountain for me is the fact that it offers so much nature a stone’s throw, or rock fall, away from a bustling city. That island of civilization known as the upper cable station occupies the north-western tip of the mountain, and the hordes who flock there remain in its precincts – thankfully. The rest of the mountain –
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Photo of the week – November week #4: Hiking Table Mountain off-the-beaten track

Pristine nature is a major component of what makes Table Mountain hiking such a unique and memorable experience. Despite its proximity to a city and the (conspicuous) presence of a cableway to the summit, Table Mountain retains much wildness – a fact overlooked by most who set out to conquer the mountain on foot. More and more people take to hiking Table Mountain, but mostly along
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Table Mountain hikes: views on the ascent – 20 November 2014

Different sides of Table Mountain offer different views, so it’s worth considering what type of views you fancy when deciding on a route. Hiking Table Mountain from the front (north) – it’s iconic side – offers city views on the ascent, which includes Lion’s Head and Table Bay. Up sides include dramatic topography, aerial views of the city and the thrill of tackling Table Mountain head-on. Down
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Photo of the week – November week #3: Table Mountain hiking from the Saddle

The Saddle is the neck that connects Devil’s Peak to Table Mountain. It’s often through this gap that the Tablecloth cloud-formation first makes it appearance: dense cloud would boil up the back and spill into the city bowl, billowing like smoke, giving rise to the legend of the devil and Van Hunk waging their never-ending smoking contest, from which Devil’s Peak takes it name. On
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Hiking Table Mountain at the crack of dawn – 12 November 2014

I have extolled the advantages of an early start when hiking Table Mountain in summer, but with the days become longer and hotter, I feel the issue needs another round of emphasis. The main reason for rising at, what some would deem, an ungodly hour to climb Table Mountain is simply to enhance the experience; to maximize the enjoyment thereof. Early bird gets the worm, when
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Photo of the week – November week #2: Hiking Table Mountain in the mist

Contrary to popular belief, mist is an essential ingredient to great views – but not too much of it. A bit of mist lends mystery to the landscape, rendering it surreal and otherworldly. In addition, it accentuates the contours and features of the mountain, throwing the topography of the mountain in stark relief. A bit of cloud adds to the experience in that the views are dynamic;
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Hiking Table Mountain second time round – 7 November 2014

So you’ve hiked up the famous and iconic tabletop of Table Mountain. And from the summit, you had views south across the lower plateau, framed by the Eastern Buttresses on the left and the 12 Apostles on the right. And you realized that the “Table” was only the façade of the Table Mountain range or massif; that the greater part of the mountain was tucked away behind it.
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Photo of the week – November week #1: Table Mountain hikes in the Blinkwater area

Just behind the western segment of the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain, a deep ravine cuts into the side of the mountain, forming an amphitheatre of buttresses and ravines. Know as Blinkwater Ravine, it forms the division between the tabletop summit and the 12 Apostles, a chain of peaks extending behind Table Mountain and considered part of it. Several Table Mountain hiking routes lead up
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