Monthly Archives December 2014

Photo of the week – December week 4: Hiking Table Mountain up the Southern Apostles

Table Mountain hikes very greatly in terms of the kind of views they offer. You’d think that a mountain next to a city offers only views across a concrete jungle bristling with apartment and office blocks, or across sprawling suburbs laced with highways. While the views on some Table Mountain hiking routes might include these scenes, there are many routes where civilization feels a thousand miles
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Hiking Table Mountain up the famous front face – 14 December 2014

Table Mountain was first seen and climbed from the front – the north. It forms the iconic profile of the mountain, instantly recognizable, imposing and seemingly impregnable by all but experienced climbers. But despite its formidable façade, hiking routes do lead up those frowning crags, threading ingeniously past vertical sections to the plateau-like summit. Starting on the far left of the “Table”, the first route
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Photo of the week – December week #2: Table Mountain hikes on the 12 Apostles

  The 12 Apostles is a chain of peaks extending behind the famous and iconic tabletop summit of Table Mountain. Although considered part of Table Mountain, the 12 Apostles offer a very different Table Mountain hiking experience. Sea views, pristine nature and solitude are some of the elements you can expect to find. Many Table Mountain hikes lead up the Apostles, from straightforward trails to
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Hiking Table Mountain in the Southeaster – 3 December 2014

Cape Town’s prevailing summer wind, the Southeaster, is now in full blow. Also known as the Cape Doctor (from a 19th-century belief that it cleared the air of the Bubonic plague), the Southeaster is not a crowd-favorite. But is does a good job of clearing the city of excess smog while taking the edge off the oppressive summer heat. When it comes to hiking Table Mountain,
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Photo of the week – December week #1: Southern Apostles

The Twelve Apostles are a chain of peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain and considered part of it. About 12 routes lead up the Apostles, most of them starting out from the Pipe Track, an arterial trail that contours along the foot of the Apostles as far south as Slangolie Ravine, from where an extension takes you a bit further south into
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