Monthly Archives March 2015

Photo of the week – March week #4: Table Mountain hikes on the Southern Apostles

Table Mountain hiking is far more than only the trails leading up the iconic tabletop summit. The Eastern Buttresses with their jungle-clad lower slopes, the secluded valley known as Orange Kloof and the string of peaks extending behind the tabletop known as the 12 Apostles. The southern segment of this range is the part of Table Mountain located furthest from the city, offering much nature:
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Photo of the week – March week #2: Hiking Table Mountain via Oudekraal Ravine

Few trails lead up the southern half of the 12 Apostles, a chain of peaks extending behind the iconic tabletop summit of Table Mountain. These peaks – sixteen to nineteen in total, depending what you count as a peak – overlook the Atlantic Ocean and are considered part of Table Mountain, or the Table Mountain massif, a mountain mass comprising several peaks. Several Table Mountain hikes lead
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Hiking Table Mountain for many reasons – 11 March 2015

Most people who opt to hike Table Mountain (as opposed to taking the cable car) are motivated by more than just views. Some like to be challenged – physically, mentally, or both; others crave adventure or the peace and quiet of nature. Whatever your reason for hiking Table Mountain, route selection plays a crucial role in how much you enjoy the experience. While ability and
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Hiking Table Mountain via Hout Bay Corner – 4 March 2015

Viewed from above, the Table Mountain massif resembles a molar tooth in shape, with the famous and iconic tabletop summit forming the crown, the eastern buttresses forming the right root and the 12 Apostles the left root. Hout Bay Corner is a delightful little adventure route that gains the top of the 12 Apostles at its southern-most extremity – or the bottom end of the
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It's a jungle out there: hiking Table Mountain's lush eastern slopes – 28 February 2015

Table Mountain’s typical shrubby vegetation and bare rock faces does not hint at its lush eastern and southern sides. Afro-montane forest carpets the lower slopes on those sides, extending up ravines. ‘Forest’ is misleading, as it resembles equatorial jungle, complete with vines trailing down from the canopy, branches draped with beard-like lichen and boulders covered in moss. Several Table Mountain hikes offer jungle settings at
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It’s a jungle out there: hiking Table Mountain’s lush eastern slopes – 28 February 2015

Table Mountain’s typical shrubby vegetation and bare rock faces does not hint at its lush eastern and southern sides. Afro-montane forest carpets the lower slopes on those sides, extending up ravines. ‘Forest’ is misleading, as it resembles equatorial jungle, complete with vines trailing down from the canopy, branches draped with beard-like lichen and boulders covered in moss. Several Table Mountain hikes offer jungle settings at
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