Archives for Table Mountain hiking tips

Quote of the week – October week #3: Why hike Table Mountain

“It is hard to give reasons for the ascent of particular mountains. Some we take for their fame, and some for their obscurity; some for their rock ridges, some for their ice-slopes; some for their ease, and some for their difficulty. But very few people go up very few mountains for the view alone, and it is to be hoped that they have more sense
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Hiking in the Southeaster

After the rain-bearing northwesterly winds of winter and the languorous spring weather, it’s the time of the Southeaster – Cape Town’s prevailing summer wind. As its name suggests, the Southeaster blows from the southeast … and blows and blows, and then goes on to blow some more. And at supersonic speeds – almost. Most locals detest it, even office workers! who, from the sheltered confines
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Quote of the week – October week #1: Forests

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”  Robert Louis Stevenson Different landscapes inspire people. Some prefer open fields, bright and breezy, with rolling hills stretching away to the horizon; others respond to cliffs
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Table Mountain hiking routes: What is a Route?

Table Mountain can be climbed from all sides and along routes of varying length, difficulty and character. It’s hard to say exactly how many hiking routes exist on Table Mountain, strange as this might sound. The reason for this is the ambiguity of what constitutes a route.  This has been an issue of perennial debate and discussion among hikers and cragsmen. In this first installment
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Hiking Table Mountain at the crack of dawn

With summer fast approaching, some things need to be said about the importance of starting your Table Mountain hike early in the morning. Heat can be debilitating and enervating, especially when you find yourself toiling up a mountain under the blazing African sun, still acclimatized to the northern hemisphere’s wintry weather. Hiking up Table Mountain is strenuous enough, and doing so under a torrid sun
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Skeleton Gorge: To do or not to do

I’m often amazed at how many people, even non-hikers, know about the existence of Skeleton Gorge. In some ways, it has achieved brand status when it comes to hiking on Table Mountain. Certainly, most literature and websites featuring an article remotely related to Table Mountain hasten to sing its praises. This might explain why the words ‘Skeleton Gorge’ would ring a bell to even the
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