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Table Mountain hiking around Grootkop – 23 June 2015

Once known as the Gable Mountains, and also the Castle Mountains, the Twelve Apostles extend behind the famous and iconic tabletop summit of Table Mountain. This chain of peaks – most with their own buttresses – are considered part of Table Mountain and offers some of the best hiking on the Cape Peninsula. No less than eighteen peaks comprise the Apostles, though some count only sixteen or
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It’s a jungle out there: hiking Table Mountain’s lush eastern slopes – 28 February 2015

Table Mountain’s typical shrubby vegetation and bare rock faces does not hint at its lush eastern and southern sides. Afro-montane forest carpets the lower slopes on those sides, extending up ravines. ‘Forest’ is misleading, as it resembles equatorial jungle, complete with vines trailing down from the canopy, branches draped with beard-like lichen and boulders covered in moss. Several Table Mountain hikes offer jungle settings at
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It's a jungle out there: hiking Table Mountain's lush eastern slopes – 28 February 2015

Table Mountain’s typical shrubby vegetation and bare rock faces does not hint at its lush eastern and southern sides. Afro-montane forest carpets the lower slopes on those sides, extending up ravines. ‘Forest’ is misleading, as it resembles equatorial jungle, complete with vines trailing down from the canopy, branches draped with beard-like lichen and boulders covered in moss. Several Table Mountain hikes offer jungle settings at
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Photo of the week – February week #2: Hiking Table Mountain at the crack of dawn

Hiking Table Mountain at the first suggestion of light greatly enhances the experience, especially during the hot summer months, when a late start – after 7am in high summer – makes the hike a lot harder, even unpleasant. Fresh from a freezing winter climate, tramping uphill under the blazing African sun is not exactly conducive to a memorable experience. The summer heat in Cape Town
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Photo of the week – October week #1: Porcupine Ravine

The chain of seaboard peaks and buttresses extending behind the iconic tabletop summit of Table Mountain, known as the 12 Apostles, offers many delightful routes up the mountain. The first Apostle (closest to the “Table” and the upper cable station) is called Porcupine Buttress. Its summit bears a different name, Blinkwater Peak, and as the highest point on the 12 Apostles, offers panoramic views. Porcupine Ravine
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Top 10 Table Mountain hiking locations – 5 November 2013

In choosing what I consider the top 10 locations on Table Mountain, I have taken into account the following 3 aspects: 1. Views: what can be seen at a distance 2. Setting: what can be seen in the immediate surroundings 3. Nature: how much peace, quiet, solitude and pristine nature the place offers First up in this week’s blog is Llandudno Peak, located on the
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Hiking Table Mountain at the crack of dawn – 5 October 2013

Summer is around the corner. The sun is rising earlier and the days are warming up. When it comes to Table Mountain hiking, few things ruin a hike as much as a late start on a hot day. To get the best out of your hike, start out at sunrise. Early bird gets the worm and it also applies to Table Mountain hiking. Here’s why:
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The mental aspect of hiking Table Mountain – 6 August 2013

Expectations have the power to shape an experience, and this holds true when it comes to hiking Table Mountain. Most people know very little what to expect. I’ve had people who were surprised to find that it involves uphill walking. Because of the mountain’s proximity to a city, it’s easy to think of Table Mountain as tame and underestimate the amount of time and energy
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Table Mountain at sunrise – 30 July 2013

Watching the sunrise from the summit of Table Mountain requires a very early rise and a 2.5 hour hike, up Platteklip Gorge and across the table top to Maclear’s Beacon, highest point on Table Mountain. It’s an unforgettable experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. For maximum effect, the best vantage point is located about a 30-minute walk beyond Maclear’s
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Photo of the week – June week #4: Hiking Table Mountain with its head in the clouds

The best views and most dramatic settings on Table Mountain always involve a bit of cloud. A mountain without cloud lack an essential and intrinsic ingredient to what defines mountains. It adds a sense of grandeur, mystery, solitude and eeriness. The views are dynamic rather than static; the cloud and light are in a constant state of change. The surroundings also acquire a different mood:
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