Archives for Table Mountain guiding

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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Views are not a given: Hiking Table Mountain in the cloud – 26 August 2018

Table Mountain gets a lot of cloud. Mountains generate cloud, and Cape Town’s iconic landmark is no exception. A lot of people visit Cape Town in the warmer months (October to April) expecting the mountain to be cloud-free everyday, all day. The reality is, a fair amount of people leave Cape Town after to 3-day stay without having seen Table Mountain. It follows that the
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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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