Archives for Uncategorized

Photo of the week – March week #1: Table Mountain hiking routes

  Table Mountain hiking takes many forms, from strolling along a well-defined path on the benevolent terrain of the summit plateau to scrambling up jagged ridges exposed to heights. From sensational traverses to pinnacles, waterfalls to jungle, hiking Table Mountain allows you to experience nature’s delights and get up close and personal with the mountain. The above photo shows Table Mountain from the west, the
Read More

Photo of the week – February week #4: Table Mountain hiking adventure

 – Topping out on Hiddingh-Ascension – Hiking Table Mountain can vary from a gentle stroll up a well-defined path to an exposed scramble far off the beaten track. It’s easy to think of Table Mountain as tame, because there’s a cable car to the summit and a city wrapped around it. But do not be deceived: Table Mountain is still very much a wilderness. A good
Read More

Quote of the week – February week #1: A healthy dose of mountain

“Truly it may be said that the outside of a mountain is good for the inside of a man.”  ~ George Wherry, Alpine Notes and the Climbing Foot, 1896 ~ Back in 1503, a Portuguese explorer by the name of Antonio de Saldanha became the first European to set foot on the flat-topped summit of Table Mountain. He wasn’t looking for adventure, exercise or nature;
Read More

Quote of the week – November week #3: Communion with mountains

“My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.”  – Aldous Huxley – Aldous’ father no doubt possessed the sensibilities of a true nature lover. Most people take to the mountains for exercise, adventure or to de-stress. Few experience the spiritual benefits of walking among, or up, mountains. But it’s there for the taking. A good friend of mine, an avid
Read More

Photo of the week – November week 2: Eastern Table

 The eastern edge of Table Mountain Viewpoints abound on Table Mountain. But there are those select few positions on the mountain that thrills and animates even the most stolid hiker. The one in the photo is an example of such a location. Rarely visited and hard to find, this vantage point gives one the sensation of floating in midair. The eastern edge of Table Mountain
Read More

Quote of the week – November week #2: Table Mountain’s tabletop

“Being thus alone I strolled in solitude on the flat top of the Table Mountain until 8 in the evening, the moon and stars shining very brightly, and then lay down to rest in some scrub between the rocks; but little sleep could I get, especially when I thought of the height of the hill, and the dangerous solitude of the same, where dwelt so
Read More

Quote of the week – November week #2: Table Mountain's tabletop

“Being thus alone I strolled in solitude on the flat top of the Table Mountain until 8 in the evening, the moon and stars shining very brightly, and then lay down to rest in some scrub between the rocks; but little sleep could I get, especially when I thought of the height of the hill, and the dangerous solitude of the same, where dwelt so
Read More

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,
Read More

Hiking in the Southeaster

After the rain-bearing northwesterly winds of winter and the languorous spring weather, it’s the time of the Southeaster – Cape Town’s prevailing summer wind. As its name suggests, the Southeaster blows from the southeast … and blows and blows, and then goes on to blow some more. And at supersonic speeds – almost. Most locals detest it, even office workers! who, from the sheltered confines
Read More

Quote of the week: September week #1

“The sight of the summit beacon indicates something accomplished by very real and patient effort, and often by skill and daring. It is the slow persistent step-by-step which has conquered the heights. There is no hurry, no spasmodic rush. It is a quiet, steady, joyous, upward movement, typifying the daily upward climb of the individual towards the realisation of the highest ideals and ultimate goal.”
Read More