Photo of the Week: August week #2

 Afro-montane forest in Skeleton Gorge. One of the delights of hiking Table Mountain is that you pass through different floral zones: from boulder fields to open shrubland to thickets to
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Quote of the Week: August week #1

“Mr. and Mrs. B.J. Blake and W. R. Buchan, who made the initial ascent (of a route called Frustration Arete) in May 1932, are to be congratulated on a pleasing
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Who gave Table Mountain its name?

For those who don’t know, Table Mountain got its name for its uncanny resemblance to a table. And the man who first made the connection was Portuguese explorer, Antonio de
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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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