Archives for Table Mountain scrambling

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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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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Hiking Table Mountain via India Venster – 10 February 2018

India Venster is arguably the best half-day route to the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. But it’s not for everyone. Here’s a synopsis of what you need to know about the route and pertinent considerations: Don’t accept advice on the route from anyone but a qualified, competent and experienced mountain-guide thoroughly versed with the route. Taxi-drivers, concierges, local hikers, colleagues, etc. are likely to give
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Table Mountain hiking routes: which is best for me? – 4 December 2017

Table Mountain offers stunning diversity in terms of challenge, views and terrain. More than 60 hiking routes lead up to the expansive summit plateau, offering unique views and topography within a range of adventure levels. Hiking Table Mountain shouldn’t only be about getting to the summit. The best views and experiences awaits along the way, with the crowning reward being the sense of achievement on reaching
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Table Mountain hiking routes at a glance – 22 September 2017

More than 100 hiking routes lead up Table Mountain, and they each offer a unique experience. Difficulty ranges from straightforward rock-steps to strenuous scrambles marked by rugged terrain (bush / loose rock) and exposure to heights. Some see multiple hiking groups each day, others haven’t seen a single person in years, perhaps decades. Choosing the best route for you and your group – i.e. the
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Hiking Table Mountain via India Venster – 17 July 2017

Few Table Mountain hikes meet hikers’ expectations as consistently as India Venster. It’s arguably the best half-day route to the famous tabletop summit and involves scrambling (easy climbing) and exposure to heights (narrow ledges) about 15% of the way – nothing extreme, but you need a fairly good head for heights. If you have a mild aversion to heights and you’re up for an adventure,
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Table Mountain hikes: What is scrambling? – 14 April 2017

When it comes to Table Mountain hiking, scrambling has nothing to do with eggs. Scrambling can be defined as elementary climbing and involves the use of hands to negotiate steep rock sections. It’s the grey area between walking and climbing. Some would class steep hiking as easy scrambling, others hard scrambling as easy rock-climbing. There are shades of grey; it’s not a precise science. Scramble
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Table Mountain hiking routes: Llandudno Ravine – 9 February 2017

If you’ve been up with the cableway and wish to see Table Mountain from a different angle, or if you’ve hiked up to the tabletop summit and feel like doing a second route, then consider Llandudno Ravine. It leads up the bottom end of the 12 Apostles, a chain of peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit, and offers superb views and unique angles on
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Hiking Table Mountain: choosing the best route for you – 1 February 2017

Lots of people are surprised that there are several hiking routes up Table Mountain – around 65, actually. The most famous is Platteklip Gorge, with Skeleton Gorge a close second. It’s easty to assume the most popular route to be the best, but it’s not that simple. Route choice is an important ingredient to a memorable Table Mountain hiking experience. So how to go about it?
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Table Mountain hikes: Left Face ‘B’ – 15 December 2016

Of all the 60-odd Table Mountain hiking routes, only 5 lead up the iconic front face of the mountain. And only one of these tackles the formidable cliffs head-on without escaping into a ravine or sneaking round to the less-steep back of the mountain. Left Face ‘B’, also known as Mystery B, picks an ingenious line through a seemingly impregnable part of the mountain, involving only basic
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