Archives for Table Mountain scrambling

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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Table Mountain hikes: Porcupine Ravine – 2 December 2016

Porcupine Ravine is the name of a route that uses a ravine by that name to reach the summit plateau of the 12 Apostles, a chain of peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. It tops out on Blinkwater Peak, the summit of the highest and first Apostle, from where you hike up to the summit of Table Mountain. Despite the proximity of
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What’s the best Table Mountain hiking route? – 10 November 2016

What’s the best pizza? What’s the best sport? It’s different for each person, and the same applies to Table Mountain hiking routes. The mountain is so diverse in terms of views, vegetation and mood, each route has a character of its own. Fitness level, sense of adventure and ability to deal with heights (cliff edges) are the main considerations that dictate route choice. Some routes
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Table Mountain hiking routes: India Venster – 22 September 2016

Of all the guided Table Mountain hikes, India Venster is arguably the best half-day route around. It offers everything the hiker could ask for: a good workout and spectacular views in all directions. In this regard it is a clear winner, with views of the City, the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape peninsula mountains all the way down to the tip of Cape Point. As
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India Venster: Is it dangerous? – 23 August 2016

I’m often amused, sometimes mildly annoyed, at hikers’ attempts to assess India Venster’s difficulty. Some dismiss it as a short and sweet way to the summit; others swear it to be the scariest thing they’ve ever attempted. So where on the danger and difficulty scale does the route really fall? There’s no short answer, as it depends on a number of factors. To the person with average
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Table Mountain hiking routes: Silvertree Ravine – 11 August 2016

Looking for a Table Mountain hike away from the usual well-trodden routes? How about exploring Silverstream Ravine? Although it starts from the same place as the famous Platteklip Gorge on the northern face of Table Mountain, this delightful route soon enters a shady kloof which feels far from the familiar. On a recent outing to explore this route, we started up on a warm winter’s
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Hiking Table Mountain: how fit must you be – 16 June 2016

The short answer: you need to be in reasonable shape to enjoy hiking Table Mountain up one of the more scenic routes. The key words: enjoy and scenic routes. There are many Table Mountain hikes. Routes lead up all sides of the mountain, offering different views, topography, vegetation, technicality and adventure levels. Platteklip Gorge is the quickest and easiest route to the summit, but also
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