Archives for Table Mountain topography

Table Mountain hikes: Blind Gully – 19 November 2017

Hiking Table Mountain offers more than just views. Adventure and nature abounds for those who want it. Blind Gully offers it all: majestic views, pristine nature, and a hearty dollop of adventure. Leading up the first and highest of the 12 Apostles peaks, the route picks an excting line that involves scrambling, exposure to heights and rugged terrain (bush / loose rock). For those who don’t
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Hiking Table Mountain via the 12 Apostles – 7 September 2017

The 12 Apostles is a chain of seaboard peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. Seventeen peaks and buttresses comprise the Apostles, all of them considered part of the Table Mountain massif. Many routes lead up the Apostles, all offering different experiences. If you enjoy nature and being off the beaten track, then Table Mountain hikes on this dissected bastion of the
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Hiking Table Mountain from different sides – 18 August 2017

An aerial view of Table Montain reveals it to resemble a molar tooth in shape, the famous flat-topped summit making up the crown, the 12 Apostles the left-hand root and the Suburban or Eastern buttresses (for lack of a better name) the right-hand root. Different sides offer different views, different topography and different moods. Skeleton Gorge is the most popular route up the eastern or right-hand root.
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Skeleton Gorge vs 12 Apostles: Which is best? – 10 August 2017

Table Mountain hiking routes offer much diversity in terms of views, landscape, vegetation and challenge. Two of the best and most popular routes, Kasteelspoort (on the 12 Apostles) and Skeleton Gorge score equally on the challenge scale, but offer very different views and vegetation. Let’s look at some distinguishing features that would help you decide which route is best for you. Kasteelspoort is one of
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Why hiking Table Mountain with a guide optimizes the experience – 1 August 2017

It’s easy to underestimate Table Mountain. Rising sheer from a city, and with a cableway to the summit, many regard it as tame. Accessibility adds to the illusion: it’s a mere 10-minute drive from the bustling city center to the foot of the mountain and many of the trail heads. No wonder so many people fall victim to it. The terrain is unforgiving and the
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Hiking Table Mountain via the Twelve Apostles – 25 July 2017

I find myself writing about the 12 Apostles again and again, as well as hike and climb there with an abiding compulsion and attraction. This unspoilt chain of seaboard peaks offer diverse delights, from superb views to dramatic topography with hidden gems scattered in between. Last month, I discovered a spring: crystalline water pouring from the bowels of the mountain. Last week, I uncovered a built-up cave inhabited in bygone
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Table Mountain hikes off-the-beaten track: Grootkop – 16 May 2017

Few locals bother with Grootkop, let alone overseas visitors. Yet, it is one of the most interesting peaks that make up the 12 Apostles (the chain of peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain) and offers some of the best views on the mountain. For most, hiking Table Mountain is incomplete without gaining the ‘Table’, or upper plateau, but there is much more
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Table Mountain hikes: take a walk on the wild side – 9 May 2017

It’s easy to assume that Table Mountain offers little wilderness and nature due to its proximity to a city. The presence of a cableway to the summit suggests to many that the mountain has been tamed. But beyond the cableway precinct, and above the mountain’s lower slopes bordering the city, much remains the same as when the first European set foot on the mountain. And there’s
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Hiking Table Mountain: optimizing the experience – 21 February 2017

Most visitors to Cape Town regard Table Mountain as the centrepiece to Peninsula attractions. It therefore makes sense to optimize your experience of this singular and iconic landmark. Hiking up gives you a real appreciation of the mountain while allowing you to connect with nature. Here are a few guidelines on how to optimize your Table Mountain hiking experience: Plan to hike the mountain early in your stay
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Hiking Table Mountain for the best views – 24 December 2016

While Table Montain hiking offers more than views, it’s a pretty important component to a happy hike, at least if it’s your first and only time you’ll be climbing the mountain. Different routes offer different views. It’s generally accepted among local hikers, and I agree, the Platteklip Gorge, despite its allure of being the quickest and easiest route to the summit, offers the least views. If
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