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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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Photo of the week – November week #4: Adventure & Discovery

High up on Finisteraar Crack If you think Table Mountain is tame and trampled because of its proximity to a city and a cable car to the summit, then an ascent of Finisteraar Crack will shatter any such notions. Located on the majestic Fernwood Buttress on the eastern side of Table Mountain, the route follows a prominent fault line that slashes across the lower portions
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Photo of the week – November week #3: Blinkwater Needle

Topping out on the Needle. There are many unique locations and rock features on Table Mountain, and in my opinion Blinkwater Needle ranks as one of the best. It’s basically a pinnacle (the ‘Needle’) about two-thirds the way up Table Mountain on the northern slopes of the first of the Twelve Apostles. It takes its name from the adjacent ravine, Blinkwater (‘Shiny Water’) Ravine, which
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Quote of the week – November week #1: Hiking Table Mountain back in the day

“November 5th to 6th. – Peninsula week-end to the Southern Apostles, Table Mountain. Official climbs: Hairpin Route (‘C’ difficulty) and Victoria Gully (‘B’ difficulty). Nov. 5th was threatening. There were 25 in camp. A party of 16 ascended the Hairpin Route.” Extract from the 1932 Annual Report of the Cape Town Section of the Mountain Club of South Africa.   I chanced upon this nugget
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What is scrambling?

Most people think of eggs when they hear ‘scrambling’. But when it comes to hiking up mountains, scrambling constitutes a very different activity than whisking eggs. Google defines it as making one’s way quickly or awkwardly up a steep gradient or over rough ground by using one’s hands as well as one’s feet. A pretty accurate definition, but as far as hiking on Table Mountain goes,
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