Archives for Table Mountain scrambling

Hiking Table Mountain up the Twelve Apostles – 8 June 2016

The Twelve Apostles is a chain of peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. It’s considered part of Table Mountain despite being separated by a deep ravine. Each of the peaks represents an Apostle, though there are anything from 15 to 19 peaks, depending on what you count as a peak; most people agree on 17 peaks. Many Table Mountain hikes lead
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Table Mountain hiking: what is scrambling – 29 May 2016

Table Mountain rises sheer above Cape Town’s city center. Lined with cliffs, it seems impregnable to the hiker, scalable only to climbers. But hiking routes exist, threading through the cliffs and around overhangs, ingeniously outflanking impassable terrain. It should come then as no surprise that most Table Mountain hiking routes involve elementary climbing, commonly referred to as scrambling, at some points along the way. When it comes to Table
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Table Mountain hikes that involve exposure to heights – 6 May 2016

Exposure to heights is a phrase often used in route-descriptions of Table Mountain hikes. The majority of people I deal with only have a foggy idea what exactly it means. Most Table Mountain hiking routes involve exposure to heights, to some degree of severity, so it’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with the meaning. The first part of the phrase, ‘exposure’, means, as the
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Hiking Table Mountain via India Venster – 21 April 2016

Of the 60-odd Table Mountain hiking routes, India Venster in my opinion ranks as one of the best. It leads up an imposing part of the mountain, taking an ingenious line that offers varied views and engaging hiking. Routes like Skeleton Gorge and Platteklip Gorge might be more popular and well-known, but not necessarily better. Different Table Mountain hikes puts on display different facets of the mountain.
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Hiking Table Mountain: How fit must you be – 15 April 2016

There is no short answer to the question, ‘How fit must I be to hike Table Mountain’. Several variables determine whether you should bother or not. The short answer is, you don’t need to be very fit. But if you don’t have much fitness, you need to bring something else to the table (pun intended): motivation / determination, often an offspring of enthusiasm and passion.
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Table Mountain hiking routes: Grotto-Cairn Traverse – 1 April 2016

Table Mountain hikes come in all levels of difficulty and adventure, from straightforward trails along well-defined trails involving nothing more technical than big rock steps to challenging ascents leading up near-vertical cliffs and traversing rugged terrain. Of all Table Mountain hiking routes, Grotto-Fountain-Cairn Traverse (GFC) ranks as one of the top three toughest. It ticks all the challenge boxes: strenuous, exposed to heights, technical at times,
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Table Mountain hikes: levels of difficulty – 17 March 2016

When it comes to Table Mountain hiking, the ambiguity of the word ‘difficult’ often lands people on a less-desired route, to put it mildly. Difficult takes many forms on Table Mountain, and knowing what they are can mean the difference between an experience of a lifetime and a disaster. Table Mountain hikes offer endless permutations of difficulties and challenges, all of which people experience differently.
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Hiking Table Mountain via Porcupine Ravine – 10 March 2016

The Twelve Apostles, a chain of peaks extending behind the famous and iconic table top summit of Table Mountain, and considered part of it, offers more nature and solitude than other parts of the Table Mountain massif. Porcupine Ravine leads up to the first and highest Apostle, offering superb sea and mountain views complemented by dramatic landscapes off-the-beaten track. Table Mountain hiking routes vary greatly in difficulty,
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Fitness required for hiking Table Mountain – 18 January 2016

While fitness is an important component to hiking Table Mountain, it shouldn’t be the last word in your assessment of whether to hike up or cable car up, or what route to take. Equally important, and sometimes even more, is your level of enthusiasm for hiking Table Mountain. Ask yourself, how determined are you; how enthused are you; how motivated are you? Motivation and determination compensates
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Hiking Table Mountain via Left Face 'B' – 26 November 2015

Table Mountain hikes take many levels of difficulty and challenge while offering a variety of terrain as well as views. Most people know Table Mountain by its iconic table-like shape, flanked by Devil’s Peak on the left and the slightly lower Lion’s Head on the right. This famous side of the mountain, the north face, overlooks the city center and presents no obvious break through the
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