Archives for Table Mountain safety

Platteklip Gorge Hike Essential Facts

The Platteklip Gorge Hike article is written by Riaan Vorster, an accredited mountain-guide and Table Mountain expert with 12 years consistent guiding experience on Table Mountain. Riaan has guided thousands of groups up more than 40 different Table Mountain routes. He heads up Hike Table Mountain, a Cape Town mountain-guiding company specializing in hikes and scrambles on Table Mountain. They are the only company that
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Hiking India Venster and Afraid of Heights?

India Venster has seen a massive growth in popularity over the past 5 years, deservedly so. It’s a stellar route that ticks a lot of what people want from a Table Mountain hiking experience. However, Hiking India Venster if you are afraid of heights is not recommended as a solo activity. But this is where things get a bit vague, giving rise to uncertainty and
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Hiking Kasteelspoort – What You Should Know

Kasteelspoort is a route up the Twelve Apostles. The Twelve Apostles is a chain of seaboard peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. They are considered part of Table Mountain. Many routes lead up the Twelve Apostles. Hiking Kasteelspoort is the easiest. This combined with the appeal of the Diving Board account for its popularity. Let’s first look at how it compares
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Table Mountain Hiking Essentials

Table Mountain hiking is the ultimate way to experience this iconic landmark. You get a true idea of its size and wildness, diversity and grandeur. Despite its proximity to a city and the presence of a cableway, Table Mountain is still very much a mountain. There might be a shop and café on its summit, and a city at its base, but much of the
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What to look for in your Table Mountain Guide

This article assumes you’ve made the decision to use a Table Mountain hiking guide and as such deals with the qualities and competencies you want in a guide. Table Mountain ranks as a top-3 experience to the vast majority of travellers, so optimizing the experience by using an experienced Table Mountain Guide makes a lot of sense. Why hike Table Mountain with us? Below is
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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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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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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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How we optimize your Table Mountain hiking experience – 30 October 2018

Contrary to popular belief, the benefits of a mountain guide far exceed mere route-finding. He or she should know about secret places on the mountain: impressive and unique rock-formations; caves and rock-labyrinths; short detours to unvisited, sensational viewpoints; off-the-beaten track routes and variations; improvised variations or shelter in the event of sudden bad weather; seasonal delights such as rock pools, waterfalls, displays of rare flowers; singular
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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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