Archives for Table Mountain hiking

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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Table Mountain hiking routes: A lifetime of exploration – 11 October 2019

Hike Table Mountain is the only mountain-guiding outfit that offers guided hikes up all Table Mountain hiking routes – testimony to our passion for Table Mountain. We love exploring the mountain, poking our noses into obscure nooks and crannies, finding variations to existing routes, even opening entire new routes. Scaling cliffs and pinnacles, hiking the mountain in foul weather – gale-force wind and driving rain,
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Winter Hiking on Table Mountain – 26 September 2019

After the long dry summers, Cape Town is steadily hit by cold front after cold front. The temperatures drop and the rain starts falling. For most people this is not ideal hiking weather. However, there are a variety of advantages of hiking during winter. The rainfall provides us with spectacular waterfalls all around the mountain. We have about twenty-five natural streams and four underground rivers
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Hiking Down Table Mountain – 19 August 2019

Often hiking down is the most underestimated activity on Table Mountain. Although easier cardio – wise, it’s more strenuous than people imagine. We hike down when the wind closes the cable car or when the cable car is closed for annual maintenance. Our famed route down is Platteklip Gorge. This is the easiest and quickest of the Table Mountain hikes. Platteklip Gorge route comprises of
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India Venster vs. 12 Apostles – 18 July 2019

Apart from a few occurrences where people have thought that their guide was India Vesta or that the 12 Apsotles were the guiding team. India Venster and 12 Apostles are two of the most popular half day routes up Table Mountain. With all confusion aside both routes offer spectacular views on the ascent. However, it depends on what type of view you prefer. India Venster
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What is bad weather on Table Mountain? – 22 June 2019

There is the age old saying: “There is no bad weather, only bad gear.” Well I wonder if any of those people were turned into a human kite by a howling South Easter wind. During the winter months (June to August) hiking Table Mountain is interrupted by bouts of rain. This can cause countless streams to gush down the slopes of our iconic mountain. The
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Table Mountain hikes: Waterfalls – 15 May 2019

Cape Town is rainiest June to August, and Table Mountain gets a thorough drenching. While Cape Town winters are pretty wet, there is always sunny breaks in between the rain and cloud that makes for the best hiking weather. The mountain comes alive with burble and splatter of streams and cascades; and in a few places, the thunder of waterfalls greets your ears as you
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Hiking Table Mountain: What is the best route? – 15 April 2019

Everyone wants to hike the best route, but what makes a route the “best”? For one person it’s the best views, for another the most adventure, or the most peace and quiet and pristine nature; or, if you’re terrified of heights, it’s the route with the least amount of exposure to heights. Nominating a “best” Table Mountain hiking route is as impossible as nominating the
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Table Mountain hiking: who or what are the 12 Apostles? – 15 March 2019

Even the most casual research into Table Mountain hiking will yield references to the 12 Apostles, often leading to rich speculation on what they might be or represent. While most people are familiar with their Biblical association, few manage to uncover their connection to Table Mountain. The 12 Apostles are a chain of peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. There are
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The difference between hiking Table Mountain and Lion’s Head – 21 February 2019

There’s a lot of online and social media buzz around hiking Lion’s Head, and the information overload can be bewildering if you’re a first-time visitor to Cape Town. You’re thinking of doing a hike in the course of your visit, but can’t decide between hiking Table Mountain or joining the locals for a Lion’s Head sunrise or sunset. Below follow a few tips that will
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