Archives for Table Mountain hiking

Best viewpoints when hiking Table Mountain – 2 July 2020

The best viewpoints on Table Mountain: a weighty point of contention that unfortunately cannot be answered definitively. Short of letting myself off the hook, I will attempt to review what I consider the top contenders of this debatable issue. Before doing so, it is worth pointing out that some of the best viewpoints can be found on the way up, not from the summit. Perched
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Hiking Table Mountain via the Grotto-Fountain-Cairn Traverse – 10 June 2020

If there is one Table Mountain hiking route that demonstrates the mountain’s wildness, it is the Grotto-Fountain-Cairn Traverse. Despite the proximity of the city and the nearby presence of a cableway, the GFC Traverse leads through a veritable wilderness with jaw-dropping grandeur and pristine nature. Yet, despite its attractions, you rarely encounter hikers along the way, and not once a signpost or man-made step. The
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The different faces of hiking Table Mountain – 26 May 2020

If there is one thing about Table Mountain hiking that never ceases to amaze me, it must be the diversity. Unlike the average mountain, Table Mountain, as the name suggests, does not rise to a pointed peak. Rather, it is a rambling plateau that covers an area of about 58 square kilometers. This gives rise to micro-climates: different sides of the mountain get different rainfall
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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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Table Mountain hiking routes: Kasteels B – 13 December 2019

If there’s one thing about hiking Table Mountain that I enjoy more than any other, it’s the diversity. And not just in terms of views or vegetation, but also challenge and mood. Table Mountain routes are very much like people in that they have unique personalities, each with their own idiosyncrasies. No two are alike, even if they happen to be neighbouring routes. Having done
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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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