Archives for Table Mountain routes

Hike Table Mountain for an Unforgettable Experience – 29 March 2018

Why hike Table Mountain? Table Mountain arguably ranks as the most-climbed mountain in the world. Located next to a bustling city makes it about as accessible as your local pub. The fancy cableway obviates the dreaded hike-down. Small surprise then that thousands take up the challenge and leg it to the summit. But easy access and easy descent aside, there are many compelling reasons to hike Table Mountain, and
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Hiking Table Mountain: what to expect – 12 March 2018

A bewildering amount of information on Table Mountain hiking is available on the Internet. Tips, suggestions, advice, recommendations, warnings and all manner of articles. It’s hard to cut through the clutter and decide on the best route and, if you’ve made the wise decision to use a guide, which guiding company to use. Everyone who’s  hiked Table Mountain at least once has something to say about what you should and
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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 hikes: Blind Gully – 19 November 2017

Hiking Table Mountain offers more than just views. Adventure and nature abounds for those who want it. Blind Gully offers it all: majestic views, pristine nature, and a hearty dollop of adventure. Leading up the first and highest of the 12 Apostles peaks, the route picks an excting line that involves scrambling, exposure to heights and rugged terrain (bush / loose rock). For those who don’t
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Hiking Table Mountain via the 12 Apostles – 7 September 2017

The 12 Apostles is a chain of seaboard peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. Seventeen peaks and buttresses comprise the Apostles, all of them considered part of the Table Mountain massif. Many routes lead up the Apostles, all offering different experiences. If you enjoy nature and being off the beaten track, then Table Mountain hikes on this dissected bastion of the
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Hiking Table Mountain from different sides – 18 August 2017

An aerial view of Table Montain reveals it to resemble a molar tooth in shape, the famous flat-topped summit making up the crown, the 12 Apostles the left-hand root and the Suburban or Eastern buttresses (for lack of a better name) the right-hand root. Different sides offer different views, different topography and different moods. Skeleton Gorge is the most popular route up the eastern or right-hand root.
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Skeleton Gorge vs 12 Apostles: Which is best? – 10 August 2017

Table Mountain hiking routes offer much diversity in terms of views, landscape, vegetation and challenge. Two of the best and most popular routes, Kasteelspoort (on the 12 Apostles) and Skeleton Gorge score equally on the challenge scale, but offer very different views and vegetation. Let’s look at some distinguishing features that would help you decide which route is best for you. Kasteelspoort is one of
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Why hiking Table Mountain with a guide optimizes the experience – 1 August 2017

It’s easy to underestimate Table Mountain. Rising sheer from a city, and with a cableway to the summit, many regard it as tame. Accessibility adds to the illusion: it’s a mere 10-minute drive from the bustling city center to the foot of the mountain and many of the trail heads. No wonder so many people fall victim to it. The terrain is unforgiving and the
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Hiking Table Mountain via the Twelve Apostles – 25 July 2017

I find myself writing about the 12 Apostles again and again, as well as hike and climb there with an abiding compulsion and attraction. This unspoilt chain of seaboard peaks offer diverse delights, from superb views to dramatic topography with hidden gems scattered in between. Last month, I discovered a spring: crystalline water pouring from the bowels of the mountain. Last week, I uncovered a built-up cave inhabited in bygone
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