Archives for Table Mountain hiking tips

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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Hiking Table Mountain for adventure – 26 April 2020

People’s reasons for hiking Table Mountain are many and diverse, from photographing a rare orchid to detoxing from the previous night’s binging. I once hiked with a guy, totally out of shape, who did it to win a bet with his wife. Other than exercise and views, flora and fauna, peace and quiet, an exciting objective to hiking Table Mountain is adventure. There is no
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Table Mountain hikes: Skeleton Gorge vs 12 Apostles – 7 April 2020

I quite often get asked about the difference between Skeleton Gorge and 12 Apostles. Both are great routes that take in a lot of the mountain, but significant differences exist. Before we take a closer look, let’s first determine if either of these routes are suitable for you. But before we do that, let’s get clarity on nomenclature. Strictly speaking, Skeleton Gorge is a ravine
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Hiking Table Mountain: Managing expectations – 5 March 2020

Hiking Table Mountain involves several variables not present in your average tour, each of which can impact on your overall enjoyment of the experience To manage your expectations, you would do well to keep the following variables in mind: Weather As an outdoor activity exposed to the elements, and playing out on a mountain known for micro-climates and idiosyncratic weather phenomena, Table Mountain hiking requires
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Table Mountain hiking: Which route is best for me? – 9 February 2020

Route selection can make or break your Table Mountain hiking experience. There’s no shortage of routes to choose from, and equally no shortage of online blogs and articles asserting the best route, so choosing the most suitable route can seem bewildering. To help you with route selection, I’ve compiled a quick-reference to routes that detail preferences and minimum requirements needed for an optimal experience. Platteklip
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An early start optimizes your Table Mountain hike – 29 October 2019

Summer’s around the corner, and that means hot hiking conditions that can ruin your Table Mountain hiking experience if not managed properly. With sunrise at around 5.15am in high summer, even setting out as early as 7.30am on a hot day (usually the case in December and January) results in tough and unpleasant hiking. Hyperthermia and heat exhaustion account for many Table Mountain rescues, most
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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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