Archives for Table Mountain hiking tips

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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Photo of the week – November week 2: Eastern Table

 The eastern edge of Table Mountain Viewpoints abound on Table Mountain. But there are those select few positions on the mountain that thrills and animates even the most stolid hiker. The one in the photo is an example of such a location. Rarely visited and hard to find, this vantage point gives one the sensation of floating in midair. The eastern edge of Table Mountain
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Quote of the week – November week #2: Table Mountain's tabletop

“Being thus alone I strolled in solitude on the flat top of the Table Mountain until 8 in the evening, the moon and stars shining very brightly, and then lay down to rest in some scrub between the rocks; but little sleep could I get, especially when I thought of the height of the hill, and the dangerous solitude of the same, where dwelt so
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Quote of the week – November week #2: Table Mountain’s tabletop

“Being thus alone I strolled in solitude on the flat top of the Table Mountain until 8 in the evening, the moon and stars shining very brightly, and then lay down to rest in some scrub between the rocks; but little sleep could I get, especially when I thought of the height of the hill, and the dangerous solitude of the same, where dwelt so
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The best and worst about Skeleton Gorge

I have already expressed my sentiments on Skeleton Gorge in a blog post titled Skeleton Gorge: To do or not to do (published April 2012), but feel that it deserves a bit more elaboration, especially in light of its popularity as a hiking route up Table Mountain. And since the choice of a route can make or break one’s experience of the mountain, I will
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What is scrambling?

Most people think of eggs when they hear ‘scrambling’. But when it comes to hiking up mountains, scrambling constitutes a very different activity than whisking eggs. Google defines it as making one’s way quickly or awkwardly up a steep gradient or over rough ground by using one’s hands as well as one’s feet. A pretty accurate definition, but as far as hiking on Table Mountain goes,
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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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