Monthly Archives December 2015

Table Mountain hikes: what's easy and what's not – 21 December 2015

I sometimes get asked about the “easy way” up Table Mountain. It’s called the cableway. Hiking Table Mountain requires effort. All routes are strenuous, some technical and awkward in addition. The easiest way is Platteklip Gorge – but it’s not easy: it’s still strenuous. The other routes are either more strenuous or more technical with exposure to heights, or both. So how strenuous is the easiest route?
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Hiking Table Mountain via India Venster – 16 December 2015

India Venster is arguably the best half-day hike to the tabletop summit of Table Mountain – if you have at least a fairly good head for heights. About 15% of the route involves scrambling (elementary climbing) and exposure to heights (vertical drops), nothing extreme, but not to be discounted either. If you’re not great with heights, then you need to be up for a challenge
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Table Mountain hiking weather in summer – 7 December 2015

If you’re looking to hike Table Mountain in summer, take into account the Southeaster, Cape Town’s prevailing summer wind. Locally known as the Cape Doctor (for ridding the city of smog), it often reaches gale force, generating a micro-climate on the mountain through the formation of the Tablecloth: cloud that engulfs the mountain and pouring down the front face. While Cape Town summers are typically hot
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