Monthly Archives August 2016

Table Mountain hiking: weather and safety – 25 August 2016

Table Mountain rises proudly out of the Atlantic Ocean at the south-western tip of the African continent. For this reason it catches every bit of weather around, and can even change it before your eyes. It’s best to be prepared! If you aim to hike Table Mountain, having a basic understanding of the usual weather conditions is a very good idea. Cape Town is known
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India Venster: Is it dangerous? – 23 August 2016

I’m often amused, sometimes mildly annoyed, at hikers’ attempts to assess India Venster’s difficulty. Some dismiss it as a short and sweet way to the summit; others swear it to be the scariest thing they’ve ever attempted. So where on the danger and difficulty scale does the route really fall? There’s no short answer, as it depends on a number of factors. To the person with average
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Table Mountain hiking routes: Silvertree Ravine – 11 August 2016

Looking for a Table Mountain hike away from the usual well-trodden routes? How about exploring Silverstream Ravine? Although it starts from the same place as the famous Platteklip Gorge on the northern face of Table Mountain, this delightful route soon enters a shady kloof which feels far from the familiar. On a recent outing to explore this route, we started up on a warm winter’s
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