Monthly Archives February 2015

Photo of the week – February week #3: Hiking Table Mountain in the cloud

While views are certainly a substantial ingredient when hiking Table Mountain, it should not be seen as the end all to what Table Mountain hikes offer. Mist and cloud endows the landscape with a sense of mystery and otherworldliness not experienced in clear conditions. You feel a million miles away from civilization. If you’re hiking the front face of the mountain (overlooking the city), cloud
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Table Mountain hikes to suit your sense of adventure – 23 February 2015

There can be few people who hike or climb a mountain on the back of a single motivation. There is usually a ruling motivation – to get great views, to get some exercise, to challenge yourself, to connect with nature, to escape an unbearable situation, etc. – with a cast of secondary motivations, some of which exist only in the subconscious mind. While the psychology of man’s
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Hiking Table Mountain, rain or shine – 13 February 2015

You can hike up Table Mountain in practically any kind of weather. The more adverse the weather, the more imperative you make use of a (competent) mountain guide and prepare adequately. When the mountain is clear, you get views; when it’s covered in cloud, you get atmosphere. And when it rains, you get wet. But it’s only water, and raingear has been around for a quite
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Photo of the week – February week #2: Hiking Table Mountain at the crack of dawn

Hiking Table Mountain at the first suggestion of light greatly enhances the experience, especially during the hot summer months, when a late start – after 7am in high summer – makes the hike a lot harder, even unpleasant. Fresh from a freezing winter climate, tramping uphill under the blazing African sun is not exactly conducive to a memorable experience. The summer heat in Cape Town
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Three types of routes when hiking Table Mountain – 4 February 2015

There are about 38 hiking routes up Table Mountain. Some haven’t been done in decades, so it’s debatable whether they still qualify as official routes. Table Mountain hikes that top out on the famous and iconic tabletop summit of Table Mountain can broadly be classed into three groups. The first group comprises a single route: Platteklip Gorge. It’s the quickest and easiest route to the summit,
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Photo of the week – February week #1: Table Mountain hikes up Spring Buttress

Once known as Seventh Apostle Buttress, Spring Buttress might not be the tallest of the 12 Apostle peaks, but certainly one of the most interesting. Its convoluted topography offers much opportunity for exploration and adventure. Variation is possible round almost every corner, allowing you to increase the level of challenge. Spring Buttress offers vintage Table Mountain hiking: pristine wilderness, dramatic setting, lots of nature and
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