Archives for Table Mountain hiking tips

Photo of the week – February week #4: Table Mountain hiking adventure

 – Topping out on Hiddingh-Ascension – Hiking Table Mountain can vary from a gentle stroll up a well-defined path to an exposed scramble far off the beaten track. It’s easy to think of Table Mountain as tame, because there’s a cable car to the summit and a city wrapped around it. But do not be deceived: Table Mountain is still very much a wilderness. A good
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Quote of the week – February week #4: The spirit of the mountains

“One should not seek for a mere scrambling ground among the mountains, but rather for their spirit.” – Extract from an article in the Journal of the Mountain Club of South Africa, 1934 – A noble thought, though esoteric and a bit dogmatic. Seek whatever you want in the mountains, as long as you carry your trash out and respect nature as well as other
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Photo of the week – February week #3: Table Mountain hiking at dawn

Early bird gets the worm, and that certainly holds true when hiking Table Mountain. The air is crisper, cooler and clearer, and the light softer. Colors are richer (often washed out and hazy later in the day), making it the ideal time for taking great photos. During the hotter months – October to March – it makes a lot of sense to start early, before
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Photo of the week – January week #4: Table Mountain rock-formations

  Hiking up Table Mountain when it is free of cloud, views invariably take center stage. Flowers, birds and topography become less attractive than the grandeur of unseen landscapes and distant horizons. But mountains tend to attract cloud, and Table Mountain is no different, and then views are restricted to your immediate surroundings, which often amount to little more than a  tree, a bush and
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Quote of the week – January week #4: Mist and cloud when hiking Table Mountian

“On the top of the mountain about 5 in the afternoon, two different worlds, as it were, presented themselves to my view, of which the western still enjoyed the finest sunshine and a clear horizon, while the eastern was already covered with darkness and a thick impending mist. This mist, which had exhaled from the heated places, and was no condensed in the suddenly cold
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Photo of the week – January week #2: Table Mountain water

 – View across the Hely-Hutchinson reservoir towards Cleft Peak – First-time hikers on Table Mountain often turn up their noses at the sight of the mountain’s amber-colored water, thinking it to be stagnant or contaminated. They couldn’t be further from the truth. Table Mountain’s water is basically fynbos-infused rainwater (fynbos being the indigenous shrub of the Western Cape). The mountain’s upper and lower plateau serves
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Quote of the week – January week #2: The tablecloth being laid

“Col. Gordon proposed our taking a view of the summit of Table Mountain, premising that it would be attended with  considerable fatigue. The next morning he called to desire we would walk out with him, ‘the tablecloth being laid’. Following him clear of the town, we observed upon the flat of the hill a thick white cloud entirely stationary, the sky above it and the
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Table Mountain guides – 10 January 2013

I sometimes get asked if a mountain-guide is really needed on Platteklip Gorge or Skeleton Gorge – the two most popular routes on Table Mountain. My answer: depends on your experience and fitness level; depends on the weather; depends on what you want from the experience (of hiking up Table Mountain). Most people of sound heart and limb could safely ascend the Platteklip Gorge route
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Quote of the week – January week #1:Table Mountain from different angles

“To see things from a new physical angle is sometimes to see them from a new spiritual angle. You can see disas and red crassula at Kirstenbosch, but perhaps you have not really seen them until, resting on some tiny ledge, you have seen them flaring from the sheer grey rocks.”  – Extract from C. A. Luckhoff’s book, Table Mountain – You don’t exactly have to go
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Photo of the week – January week #1: Table Mountain sunrise

On the eastern extremity of the ‘Table’at sunrise, overlooking Devil’s Peak A new year has dawned and so it’s fitting to say something about dawn from the summit of  Table Mountain. Of all the special experiences that the mountain offers, perching oneself on a rock prow at dawn on the eastern edge of Table Mountain’s summit and watching the sunrise must rank as one of
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