Archives for Table Mountain hiking

Quote of the week – February week #4: The spirit of the mountains

“One should not seek for a mere scrambling ground among the mountains, but rather for their spirit.” – Extract from an article in the Journal of the Mountain Club of South Africa, 1934 – A noble thought, though esoteric and a bit dogmatic. Seek whatever you want in the mountains, as long as you carry your trash out and respect nature as well as other
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Photo of the week – February week #3: Table Mountain hiking at dawn

Early bird gets the worm, and that certainly holds true when hiking Table Mountain. The air is crisper, cooler and clearer, and the light softer. Colors are richer (often washed out and hazy later in the day), making it the ideal time for taking great photos. During the hotter months – October to March – it makes a lot of sense to start early, before
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Quote of the week – February week #3: Table Mountain retrospection

“Acquaintance with the mysteries and beauties of Skeleton Gorge or the Window was confined to a very few stalwarts, and these ravines were the field of the wood cutter, the wood gatherer and a few furtive wanderers, whose occupations were somewhat obscure, their only obvious activity being the hawking of ferns and plants. But few of the rest of the community penetrated to the haunts
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Quote of the week – February week #2: Table Mountain hiking routes of yesteryear

“… but until comparatively recent times (about 1880), there were only about half-a-dozen routes which were used. These included Platte Klip Gorge, Kasteel’s Poort, Slangolie Gorge, Skeleton Ravine and a route up the suburban side of Table Mountain, near the Saddle.” – Extract from an article in The Annual of the Mountain Club of South Africa, 1926 – Needless to say, a good number of routes
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Quote of the week – February week #1: A healthy dose of mountain

“Truly it may be said that the outside of a mountain is good for the inside of a man.”  ~ George Wherry, Alpine Notes and the Climbing Foot, 1896 ~ Back in 1503, a Portuguese explorer by the name of Antonio de Saldanha became the first European to set foot on the flat-topped summit of Table Mountain. He wasn’t looking for adventure, exercise or nature;
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Photo of the week – February week #1: hiking Table Mountain off the beaten track

The Ferny Dell If you’re looking for wilderness, solitude and adventure, then I suggest hiking Table Mountain up the Hiddingh-Ascension route via the Ferny Dell variation. In my humble opinion, this is the most challenging hiking route on Table Mountain and will change the way you look at the mountain forever. But it’s not for the unfit or fainthearted: difficult terrain combined with maximum elevation
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Quote of the week – January week #4: Mist and cloud when hiking Table Mountian

“On the top of the mountain about 5 in the afternoon, two different worlds, as it were, presented themselves to my view, of which the western still enjoyed the finest sunshine and a clear horizon, while the eastern was already covered with darkness and a thick impending mist. This mist, which had exhaled from the heated places, and was no condensed in the suddenly cold
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Photo of the week – January week #3: Hiking Table Mountain’s eastern edge

On the eastern edge of the ‘Table’, overlooking Devil’s Peak While one end of Table Mountain’s tabletop summit crawls with people, the other end lies undisturbed by the presence of man – as peaceful and pristine as a 1000 years ago. The presence of the cable station on the western edge of the Table has effectively banished nature from that corner; but an hour’s walk
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Photo of the week – January week #3: Hiking Table Mountain's eastern edge

On the eastern edge of the ‘Table’, overlooking Devil’s Peak While one end of Table Mountain’s tabletop summit crawls with people, the other end lies undisturbed by the presence of man – as peaceful and pristine as a 1000 years ago. The presence of the cable station on the western edge of the Table has effectively banished nature from that corner; but an hour’s walk
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Quote of the week – January week #3: Reconnecting with Nature

“For we are indeed one with Nature, her genetic fibres run through all our being, our physical organs connect us with millions of years of her history; our minds are full of immemorial paths of pre-human experience. For the overwrought mind there is no peace like nature’s, for the wounded spirit there is no healing like hers. There are indeed times when human companionship becomes unbearable, and we fly to nature for
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