Archives for Table Mountain guiding

Platteklip Gorge: What you need to know – 11 August 2020

No Table Mountain hiking route receives more popularity and discussion than Platteklip Gorge. The resulting glut of information – and misinformation – available online can be bewildering. This article aims to cut through the clutter and provide insights and essential facts about Platteklip Gorge to guide you in selecting the right route. Route-selection is a vital consideration in ensuring an enjoyable Table Mountain hike. The
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Best viewpoints when hiking Table Mountain – 2 July 2020

The best viewpoints on Table Mountain: a weighty point of contention that unfortunately cannot be answered definitively. Short of letting myself off the hook, I will attempt to review what I consider the top contenders of this debatable issue. Before doing so, it is worth pointing out that some of the best viewpoints can be found on the way up, not from the summit. Perched
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Table Mountain hiking: Why use a guide? – 10 May 2020

It’s tempting to think of Table Mountain as less of a mountain due to its proximity to a city and the presence of a cableway. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even locals sometimes fall prey to the delusion that the mountain is tame. Unforgiving terrain, tricky route-finding, changeable and harsh weather, the height and size of the mountain: any one of these, and
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Table Mountain hiking routes: A lifetime of exploration – 11 October 2019

Hike Table Mountain is the only mountain-guiding outfit that offers guided hikes up all Table Mountain hiking routes – testimony to our passion for Table Mountain. We love exploring the mountain, poking our noses into obscure nooks and crannies, finding variations to existing routes, even opening entire new routes. Scaling cliffs and pinnacles, hiking the mountain in foul weather – gale-force wind and driving rain,
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Winter Hiking on Table Mountain – 26 September 2019

After the long dry summers, Cape Town is steadily hit by cold front after cold front. The temperatures drop and the rain starts falling. For most people this is not ideal hiking weather. However, there are a variety of advantages of hiking during winter. The rainfall provides us with spectacular waterfalls all around the mountain. We have about twenty-five natural streams and four underground rivers
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Hiking Down Table Mountain – 19 August 2019

Often hiking down is the most underestimated activity on Table Mountain. Although easier cardio – wise, it’s more strenuous than people imagine. We hike down when the wind closes the cable car or when the cable car is closed for annual maintenance. Our famed route down is Platteklip Gorge. This is the easiest and quickest of the Table Mountain hikes. Platteklip Gorge route comprises of
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India Venster vs. 12 Apostles – 18 July 2019

Apart from a few occurrences where people have thought that their guide was India Vesta or that the 12 Apsotles were the guiding team. India Venster and 12 Apostles are two of the most popular half day routes up Table Mountain. With all confusion aside both routes offer spectacular views on the ascent. However, it depends on what type of view you prefer. India Venster
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What is bad weather on Table Mountain? – 22 June 2019

There is the age old saying: “There is no bad weather, only bad gear.” Well I wonder if any of those people were turned into a human kite by a howling South Easter wind. During the winter months (June to August) hiking Table Mountain is interrupted by bouts of rain. This can cause countless streams to gush down the slopes of our iconic mountain. The
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The difference between hiking Table Mountain and Lion’s Head – 21 February 2019

There’s a lot of online and social media buzz around hiking Lion’s Head, and the information overload can be bewildering if you’re a first-time visitor to Cape Town. You’re thinking of doing a hike in the course of your visit, but can’t decide between hiking Table Mountain or joining the locals for a Lion’s Head sunrise or sunset. Below follow a few tips that will
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How we optimize your Table Mountain hiking experience – 30 October 2018

Contrary to popular belief, the benefits of a mountain guide far exceed mere route-finding. He or she should know about secret places on the mountain: impressive and unique rock-formations; caves and rock-labyrinths; short detours to unvisited, sensational viewpoints; off-the-beaten track routes and variations; improvised variations or shelter in the event of sudden bad weather; seasonal delights such as rock pools, waterfalls, displays of rare flowers; singular
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