Archives for Table Mountain guiding

Hike Table Mountain for an Unforgettable Experience – 29 March 2018

Why hike Table Mountain? Table Mountain arguably ranks as the most-climbed mountain in the world. Located next to a bustling city makes it about as accessible as your local pub. The fancy cableway obviates the dreaded hike-down. Small surprise then that thousands take up the challenge and leg it to the summit. But easy access and easy descent aside, there are many compelling reasons to hike Table Mountain, and
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Hiking Table Mountain: what to expect – 12 March 2018

A bewildering amount of information on Table Mountain hiking is available on the Internet. Tips, suggestions, advice, recommendations, warnings and all manner of articles. It’s hard to cut through the clutter and decide on the best route and, if you’ve made the wise decision to use a guide, which guiding company to use. Everyone who’s  hiked Table Mountain at least once has something to say about what you should and
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Hiking Table Mountain via India Venster – 10 February 2018

India Venster is arguably the best half-day route to the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. But it’s not for everyone. Here’s a synopsis of what you need to know about the route and pertinent considerations: Don’t accept advice on the route from anyone but a qualified, competent and experienced mountain-guide thoroughly versed with the route. Taxi-drivers, concierges, local hikers, colleagues, etc. are likely to give
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Hiking Table Mountain for more than just views – 24 January 2018

It’s a fact that most people expect stunning views when hiking Table Mountain. And when the mountain is free of cloud, the views certainly do not disappoint. But on days when there’s no views due to cloud, it’s a good idea to focus on the nature and the adventure that Table Mountain offers. Table Mountain’s location next to a city belies its wildness. Many Table
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Table Mountain hiking routes: which is best for me? – 4 December 2017

Table Mountain offers stunning diversity in terms of challenge, views and terrain. More than 60 hiking routes lead up to the expansive summit plateau, offering unique views and topography within a range of adventure levels. Hiking Table Mountain shouldn’t only be about getting to the summit. The best views and experiences awaits along the way, with the crowning reward being the sense of achievement on reaching
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Is hiking Table Mountain family-friendly? – 17 October 2017

For a vacation family-outing with a difference, you might want to consider hiking Table Mountain. It’s a sure way to rid exuberant kids of pent-up energy after a few days of travelling, museums, shopping and vehicle-bound tours. So what age restrictions apply?  And what routes are suitable for kids? We’ve had kids as young as 5-years-old hike up Platteklip Gorge (quickest and eaisest route) with minimal assistance.
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Why hiking Table Mountain with a guide optimizes the experience – 1 August 2017

It’s easy to underestimate Table Mountain. Rising sheer from a city, and with a cableway to the summit, many regard it as tame. Accessibility adds to the illusion: it’s a mere 10-minute drive from the bustling city center to the foot of the mountain and many of the trail heads. No wonder so many people fall victim to it. The terrain is unforgiving and the
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Hiking Table Mountain via India Venster – 17 July 2017

Few Table Mountain hikes meet hikers’ expectations as consistently as India Venster. It’s arguably the best half-day route to the famous tabletop summit and involves scrambling (easy climbing) and exposure to heights (narrow ledges) about 15% of the way – nothing extreme, but you need a fairly good head for heights. If you have a mild aversion to heights and you’re up for an adventure,
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Table Mountain hiking traverses – 11 July 2017

Some Table Mountain hiking routes involve traverses – sections of trail leading sideways (as opposed to up) to circumvent cliffs – ensuring the easiest possible line (line of least resistance), and also serve to link routes or to leapfrog to another section of mountain without undue detouring. Traverses vary in difficulty: some lead across an open slope with minimal exposure to heights, while others follow narrow, intimidating ledges that
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Table Mountain hiking routes: Which is best? – 8 June 2017

About 65 hiking routes lead up Table Mountain, each unique in terms of views, difficulty, terrain, vegetation or atmosphere. Differences might be restricted to only one of the aforementioned aspects, but often include more than one, and in some cases, all. For most, views dictate route choice rather than difficulty, to their consternation. Others blindly defer to the recommendations or reviews of others. In my opinion, the
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