Photo of the Week: August week #1

  On the top pitch of Kasteels Gully, a C-grade route on the Twelve Apostles. Also known as Cups & Saucers (because of oddly-shaped rock that resembles this), the route
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The origin of some Table Mountain route names

At its best, a route name hints at the nature of the route, or encapsulates the story of its opening ascent, or makes reference to a prominent feature found along
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Quote of the Week: July week #4

General  Jan C. Smuts (1870 – 1950) was a prominent South African statesman, military leader, philosopher, conservationist and mountaineer who had an abiding passion for Table Mountain. Below is an
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Photo of the Week: July week #4

  I’ve come across some odd things in the years I’ve been hiking Table Mountain, but this find ranks as one of the weirdest. You could hike a lifetime on
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Table Mountain flora – Part 2: What exactly is fynbos?

A restio tussock   Most hikes on Table Mountain leads across slopes of fynbos (pronounced fain-bos), the characteristic shrubland of Table Mountain. Fynbos is a generic name for the shrubby
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Quote of the week: July week #3

“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings.
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Photo of the week: July week #3

  The Lion’s Mantle… A fogbound Lion’s Head as seen from halfway up the India Venster route on Table Mountain’s north face. This is a fairly rare occurrence, around  5
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Photo of the week: July week #2

  There are few more ingenious and sensational hiker’s traverses on Table Mountain than the Right Face-Arrow Face Traverse. Located on the north (front) side of the mountain, the traverse
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Table Mountain flora – Part 1: Nature's botanical garden

  “… a botanic garden, neglected and left to grow to a state of nature; so great was the variety everywhere to be met with.”  WILLIAM BURCHELL, English naturalist, 1810,
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Table Mountain flora – Part 1: Nature’s botanical garden

  “… a botanic garden, neglected and left to grow to a state of nature; so great was the variety everywhere to be met with.”  WILLIAM BURCHELL, English naturalist, 1810,
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