Monthly Archives April 2016

Table Mountain hiking: A few practical tips – 28 April 2016

When it comes to hiking Table Mountain, people’s expectations vary greatly. Most anticipate a manicured trail and gentle gradient; others think of it as mildly strenuous with a few uphill bits to negotiate. Routes differ radically in technicality, physicality and terrain, so expectations need to be adjusted according to the route you’ve decided on. Table Mountain hikes come in all levels of challenge. But in
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Hiking Table Mountain via India Venster – 21 April 2016

Of the 60-odd Table Mountain hiking routes, India Venster in my opinion ranks as one of the best. It leads up an imposing part of the mountain, taking an ingenious line that offers varied views and engaging hiking. Routes like Skeleton Gorge and Platteklip Gorge might be more popular and well-known, but not necessarily better. Different Table Mountain hikes puts on display different facets of the mountain.
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Hiking Table Mountain: How fit must you be – 15 April 2016

There is no short answer to the question, ‘How fit must I be to hike Table Mountain’. Several variables determine whether you should bother or not. The short answer is, you don’t need to be very fit. But if you don’t have much fitness, you need to bring something else to the table (pun intended): motivation / determination, often an offspring of enthusiasm and passion.
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Table Mountain hikes: diversity of views – 7 April 2016

Nothing motivates people more to hike Table Mountain than the prospect of great views. Sure, there are other motivations – connect with nature, exercise, sense of achievement – but the crowning enjoyment often comes down to the quality of views. While hiking Table Mountain shouldn’t just be about views, views, views – the mountain offers so much more – looking at the surrounding landscape from
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Table Mountain hiking routes: Grotto-Cairn Traverse – 1 April 2016

Table Mountain hikes come in all levels of difficulty and adventure, from straightforward trails along well-defined trails involving nothing more technical than big rock steps to challenging ascents leading up near-vertical cliffs and traversing rugged terrain. Of all Table Mountain hiking routes, Grotto-Fountain-Cairn Traverse (GFC) ranks as one of the top three toughest. It ticks all the challenge boxes: strenuous, exposed to heights, technical at times,
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