Archives for Table Mountain geology

The diversity of hiking Table Mountain – 16 June 2015

Table Mountain hikes packs a lot of diversity in terms of terrain and vegetation as well as views. Trails run the length and breadth of the mountain, covering an area of roughly 58 square kilometres. Micro-climates contribute to floral diversity, ranging from indigenous forest to marshland to dense stands of fragrant and indigenous shrub. Often, the northern slopes would bake in the summer sun while dense cloud
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Photo of the week – April week #4: Table Mountain’s rock art

Much has been written about Table Mountain’s views, shape, flora and location, but few seem to know or appreciate its geological and topographical delights. Hiking Table Mountain allows you to experience a different type of rock art: not created by the hand of man, but by Mother Nature. The first stage in creation was a gigantic upheaval of a rock around 5000 meters (17000 feet)
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Photo of the week – April week #4: Table Mountain's rock art

Much has been written about Table Mountain’s views, shape, flora and location, but few seem to know or appreciate its geological and topographical delights. Hiking Table Mountain allows you to experience a different type of rock art: not created by the hand of man, but by Mother Nature. The first stage in creation was a gigantic upheaval of a rock around 5000 meters (17000 feet)
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Photo of the week – August week #4: Table Mountain rock-formations

Table Mountain is a crumbling relic – a shadow of the mountain it used to be about 260 million years ago when it was formed. Back then, the mountain soared about 5 times higher. Millions of storms have hewn it down to its present height and shape. Wind and rain continue to gnaw away at it: if the current rate of erosion continues, Table Mountain
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Photo of the week – November week #3: Table Mountain rocks

It’s a sad notion among many hikers that Table Mountain hiking revolves around views. And when cloud covers the mountain and there’s no views, then adventure depression sets in – a kind of depression that besets the hiker or traveler when expectations of a place or activity are not met. Hiking Table Mountain is a multi-faceted experience and views a mere ingredient to the mix.
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Photo of the week – November week #2: Table Mountain solitudes

The dictionary defines a solitude as a lonely and unfrequented place, and Table Mountain abounds with them. Just yesterday did I have the privilege of passing through two: Valley of the Red Gods and Valley of Isolation, both on the Twelve Apostles. Neither offers much in the way of views, but that only serves to amplify their charm. Table Mountain hiking offers far more than
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Photo of the week – May week #1: Caveman's Overhang

Hiking Table Mountain is not only about getting to the summit and enjoying the views, but also to indulge in the many topographical features and geological formations scattered around the mountain. The Table Mountain massif covers an area of 57 square kilometers, and the table top summit takes up only around 2% of that area. Behind the ‘Table’, the mountain undulates down to sort of
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Photo of the week – May week #1: Caveman’s Overhang

Hiking Table Mountain is not only about getting to the summit and enjoying the views, but also to indulge in the many topographical features and geological formations scattered around the mountain. The Table Mountain massif covers an area of 57 square kilometers, and the table top summit takes up only around 2% of that area. Behind the ‘Table’, the mountain undulates down to sort of
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Photo of the week – March week #2: Table Mountain pinnacles and spires

One of the joys about hiking Table Mountain is the many sensational positions you can get yourself into with some ingenuity, and often times nerve, by scaling a pinnacle or some other salient rock feature. Table Mountain’s dramatic geology offers several vantage points that will exhilarate you. Blinkwater Needle is one of the best, reachable along a route that involves intermediate scrambling. Other vantage points
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Photo of the week – January week #4: Table Mountain rock-formations

  Hiking up Table Mountain when it is free of cloud, views invariably take center stage. Flowers, birds and topography become less attractive than the grandeur of unseen landscapes and distant horizons. But mountains tend to attract cloud, and Table Mountain is no different, and then views are restricted to your immediate surroundings, which often amount to little more than a  tree, a bush and
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