The Best Backpacking Trails

A backpacking trip is one of the greatest outdoor adventures you can partake in. A true backpacking trip provides you with absolute solitude from the outside world, bringing you up close and personal with nature. There are many different options when it comes to backpacking, from day trips to weekend explorations to thru-hikes from state to state. If you are looking to escape from your normal life and explore the breathtaking views and unspoiled wilderness, then grab your bag and hit one of the trails below.

Appalachian Trail

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The Appalachian Trail is nearly 2,180 miles long, spanning 14 different states. While most of us probably don’t have the ability to take six months to hike the entire thing, you can create your own custom journey along the trail. There is the 14-mile hike through Georgia’s Blood Mountain Wilderness, leading hikers to the top of the trail’s highest point in the state. In New Hampshire’s White Mountains you can climb 20 miles above the tree line for optimal views of surrounding peaks. If you are looking for complete isolation, Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness section never crosses a single paved road.

Continental Divide Trail

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The Continental Divide Trail is 3,100-miles long, cutting right down the middle of the United States. The more advanced hikers can be found at the Knife Edge, a 25-mile loop through the extreme Weminuche Wilderness area in southwestern Colorado. For a more tame experience, explore the trails where the Continental Divide Trail meets Glacier National Park. If you decide to hit the CDT then remember to pack cold-weather gear, as ice and snow are a possibility at any time of the year.

Uinta Highline Trail

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This is one of the more difficult trails, with hikers often facing rough and rocky stretches throughout the trail. Uinta Highline is also extremely remote, and you can expect to have the trail all to yourself for long stretches. If you have a week free to explore, go conquer the Highline Trail, which is nearly 75 miles of paths that pass serene lakes along the peaks of Utah’s Uinta Mountains.

Pacific Crest Trail

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The Pacific Crest Trail will bring you through some of the most diverse ecosystems that the West Coast has to offer, including dry desert land and high arctic-alpine country. The incredible 2,650-mile journey attracts around 300 die-hard hikers each year. Thousands of others can be found embarking on some of the shorter expeditions. In California, you will find a 270-mile stretch from Mount Whitney to Sonora Pass, offering a monthlong journey through the Sierra NEvada range with amazing views of deep canyons, enormous granite peaks, and rocky lakes. Oregon’s section of the PCT is much more level, with few elevation shifts, making it a great place for beginners.

Information courtesy of Travel Channel

 

The World’s Greatest Adventures

Adventure travel gets you up close and personal to the landscapes and people of the areas you are visiting. Having the opportunity to explore new areas on foot is an exhilarating experience, especially when you have the chance to interact with the local cultures on the journey. If you are interested in taking your next trip to the next level, I recommend that you consider making it a real adventure. With the help of this article, here are four of the greatest adventures this world has to offer.

Great Himalaya Trail, Nepal

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The Great Himalaya Trail consists of a network of existing paths traversing Nepal. It will eventually form part of a 2,800-mile super trail, linking Bhutan and Pakistan. The existing section is divided into a collection of smaller routes that pass in sight of the world’s largest peaks and most remote villages. The trail crosses mountain passes up to 19,685 feet in altitude while climbing a total of 492,125 metres. You can take a fully escorted, 157-day hike with World Expeditions, but it is pricey, costing $28,511. However, there are seven shorter connecting stages that you can hike, if you do not have the time or money for the entire trail.

Tour du Mont Blanc

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A 14-day circuit of Mont Blanc is probably the most spectacular walk in all of Europe. The path links the seven valleys that surround Western Europe’s highest mountain, crossing three borders in the process: France, Switzerland, and Italy. You will traverse beneath huge glaciers and across beautiful alpine meadows. Throughout your journey, you will also be treated to some of the most beautiful peaks in the Alps, including Mont Blanc, the Aiguille Verte, Les Drus, Les Grandes Jorasses, and much more. This hike is based on the supported camping concept, meaning  a vehicle will assist with transporting luggage, equipment and supplies.

Native American Experience

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Take a 16-day tour with Intrepid Travel to the heart of Native American country. On this journey, you will camp and hike in wilderness areas while exploring ancient ruins in the process. You will have the opportunity to meet with native Americans from communities (Navajo, Anasazi, and Apache) who are striving to preserve their centuries-old way of life. While on the tour you will visit Canyon de Chelly, with its 3,000-year-old tribal artefacts, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde National Park, Navajo Lake State Park, White Sands National Monument, the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in Santa Fe, Lake Powell, and the Grand Canyon.

Diving Safari, Borneo

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The volcanic island of Sipadan is regularly been voted one of the world’s top 10 dive sites. While taking a dive under water, you will find the legendary turtles and reefs that drop off thousands of feet near the shore. An 18-day diving safari with Aqua-Firma also takes in the Layang atoll and the islands of Lankayan, Mabul, and Kapalai, showcasing the best diving Borneo has to offer.

Only the Essential: Pacific Crest Trail Documentary

This documentary presents the cinematic story of a 2668 mile thru-hike on America’s premiere long distance footpath, the Pacific Crest Trail. In the summer of 2013 Casey Gannon and Colin Arisman thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with cameras in hand. “Only The Essential” is the story of their 5 month, 2668 mile journey on foot from Mexico to Canada across the wilderness of California, Oregon, and Washington. The documentary is filmed entirely by hikers. If you are interested in learning more, check out their website: http://www.wildconfluence.com/ote

The Most Impressive Adventures Of 2015

Over the course of the past year, we witnessed some of the most impressive adventures in recent memory. From speed records to first ascents to daring expeditions, there is a seemingly endless list of crazy adventures that people took on. Outside Magazine recently wrote a piece highlighting some of the most incredible accomplishments over the past 12 months. Below are five of my favorite adventures from the past year.

Dawn Wall Free Climb – Caldwell and Jorgeson

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As the sun set in Yosemite on January 14th, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed what may be the most difficult ascent in the history of rock climbing. They remained on the Dawn Wall of El Capitan for 19 days, climbing 3,000 vertical feet along widely spaced, razor thin granite holds. The prize for their accomplishment: the first people to complete a free ascent (using only ropes to catch falls) of the route. Months later, Jorgeson spoke on the difficulty of the climb: “I climbed brick façades as a kid. You’d kind of stick your fingers in there. But sink in those bricks so they barely stick out from the wall. That’s what you’re dealing with.”

The First Ski-Mo Attempt on Makalu

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A team of five elite climbers and skiers joined together in September to attempt the first ski descent of Makalu. Located on the border of Nepal and China, Makalu is the world’s fifth-highest peak (at 27,776 feet). The team made it higher than 25,000 feet before setting off a series of avalanches that caused them to turn around. The decision to retreat was a tough decision for the group to make. Expedition leader Adrian Ballinger wrote at the time: “Deciding to climb and ski a peak like Makalu always meant we would have to accept a level of risk. What level is ‘acceptable’ is deeply personal. Each of us has a different tolerance.”

Lonnie Dupre Solo Summit of Denali in Winter

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This was the fourth attempt to summit Denali by the 53-year-old polar explorer, and his persistence finally paid off. In January, after 25 days of climbing and camping in subzero conditions, Dupre became the first person to make it up North America’s highest peak (20,237 feet) in the dead of winter. During the winter, the snow is deep, the air is frozen, and the storms are treacherous. Tucker Chenoweth, Denali’s mountaineering ranger, compared Dupre’s ascent to “heading out onto the moon by yourself.”

Unsupported Run of the Appalachian Trail – Heather Anderson

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Heather Anderson, a 34-year-old personal trainer from Michigan, set the speed record last fall for running the 2,168-mile Appalachian Trail, without any assistance, in just 54 days. In case it is difficult to comprehend these numbers, consider this to the 46 days it took famed ultrarunner, Scott Jurek, to complete the trail, with assistance. His team provided hot meals, medical supplies, and a bed at the end of every day. Anderson now holds the unassisted speed records of both the UT and the Pacific Crest Trail and is the first women to do so.

Niagara Falls Ice Climb – Will Gadd

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The Canadian ice climber, Will Gadd, has done some pretty impressive stuff in his life. But scaling a frozen shoulder of Niagara Falls last January was absolutely incredible. Gadd climbed the ice while six million cubic feet of water ripped down the falls each second right next to him. The 47-year-old adventurer kept his poise and clawed his way 167 feet to the top. Looking back on it days later, he described the feeling of this climb to Outside: “Normally on an ice climb, if you fall in the first 20 feet you might land in the snow and walk away. Here, if you fall, you go into the world’s most savage mixing bowl. And it is going to fuck you up.”

Top Places To Hike In North America

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The North American landscape is incredible diverse. Anywhere you go you will likely be treated to an entirely new, picturesque terrain. If you enjoy spending your time outdoors, there are a number of different places that you need to go out and see. From the plateaus of the Grand Canyon to the forests of the Adirondacks, there is always something new to experience. As an avid hiker myself, I decided to compile a list of the best places to hike in North America.

1) Yosemite

Yosemite is one of California’s most formidable natural landscapes. In a state that offers a large number of jaw-dropping landscapes, Yosemite reigns supreme. Yosemite National Park offers nearly 1,200 square miles of spectacular scenery: towering waterfalls, millennia-old Sequoia trees, daunting cliff faces, and some of the most unique rock formations in the United States. Despite its vast beauty, most visitor activity takes places within the seven-square mile of Yosemite Valley. This is where you will find some of the park’s most famous landmarks, including Half Dome and El Capitan.

2) Grand Canyon

No picture of the Grand Canyon will do this place justice; it is impossible to capture the scale of the Grand Canyon in a single picture. Measuring approximately 277 miles in length, up to 18 miles in width, and a mile deep, this massive chasm in northern Arizona is a natural wonder that will seriously take your breathe away. For six million years, the Grand Canyon has continued to expand with help from the Colorado River. People from all over the world travel to this remote location to gaze out over the red and orange grandeur. For a true escapist experience, you should head to the North Rim. This is where you will be able to experience backwoods camping and hardcore hiking.

3) Yellowstone

From the dramatic peaks to the pristine lakes, there is no shortage of beauty in Yellowstone. You will find multicolored pools swirling around hot springs, verdant forests weaving past expansive meadows, and volatile geysers launching streams of steaming water into the air. When John Colter first told people of the geothermal curiosities that he had scene in Yellowstone in 1807, people suspected him of embellishing. But now there is no doubts about the extraordinary beauty of this area. As you traverse the park’s 3,000-plus square miles, you will be treated to views of mountains, canyons, geysers, waterfalls, as well as some of the permanent residents like buffalo, elk and even grizzlies.

4) Banff

There is no need to travel across seas to experience the lifestyle of a Swiss skiing village. Instead, head north to Banff, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies near the southeastern border of Banff National Park. Banff caters to the fearless explorers who prefer to end the day in a nice hotel rather than roughing it in the woods or campgrounds. There are more than 80 trails in the area, with top off striking vistas of the Rocky Mountains and the hoodoo rock formations along the Tunnel Mountain Trail.

5) Kauai

The oldest island in the Hawaiian chain is perfect for the no-muss, no-fuss type of traveler. Kauai is the perfect place to take in rural, colorful nature. If you are looking for a hiking getaway, looking no further than this island. Outdoor enthusiasts will have an amazing time hiking along Kauai’s scenic cliffsides and testing their stamina while taking on the 11-mile Kalalau Trail.

6) Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is home to over 700 miles of hiking trails throughout northwestern Montana. This is a great spot for animal lovers as well: this national park is full of diverse wildlife.. Do not be surprised if you see mountain goats, elk or even grizzly bears while you are taking in the scenery of the pristine mountains, and fresh water streams.

7) Sedona

A trip to Sedona feels as though you have just landed on Mars. There are numerous trails that lead you through red rock canyons and mystical “vortexes.” The towering red rocks and jagged sandstone buttes juxtaposed against the almost always blue sky have attracted hikers, as well as artist, for years. When you are done exploring Red Rock State Park, go visit the Palatki Heritage Site to see ancient Hopi dwellings.

8) Adirondacks

A few hours north of the Big Apple, you will find the Adirondacks in Upstate New York. With 2,000 miles of trails in the region and 46 high peaks, hikers can experience a change in scenery and a new view every time they go outdoors. Aside from hiking, there are plenty of other activities in the region as well: kayak through the St. Regis Canoe Area or paddle down Old Forge’s famous canoe route. The nature lovers can rough it in the woods, while others can experience what the luxury cabins and lodges in the area have to offer.

The Best Bass Fishing Techniques

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Bass are extremely abundant in North America, making them the most popular gamefish in North America. Although they can be found almost everywhere, it does not mean that you will be catching a bunch of fish when you hit the water. Catching bass takes much more than just throwing your line out there and hoping a hungry fish comes along. As this article points out, catching bass fish comes down to proper technique. Therefore, I would like to share some of the best techniques that you should master in order to maximize your performance as a bass fisher.

Pitching

You will want to let out enough line so that it is about even with the real, and keep your real open. Lower the rod tip towards the water, and with your free hand, grab hold of the lure and pull the line to add tension. In one, smooth motion let go of the lure while swinging your rod tip up. If done correctly, this combination should slingshot the bait towards your target. Make sure that you close the real as soon as the bait lands because bass tend to strike quickly.

Flipping

Flipping can take a little more practice, but after you get the feel for it, you can really optimize your presentation and hit your target location much more accurately than you can by pitching. You will want to begin by letting out somewhere between 8-15 feet of line and then close your real. You should then grab the line between the reel and first rod guide, followed by an extension of your arm to the side as you pull on the line. As you raise the rod, the bait will now swing towards you. Use a pendulum motion to swing the bait to your desired location while feeding the line through your hand. Tighten up the remaining slack and prepare for a strike. Flipping may look a little awkward, but it is an effective way to drop on some shy bass.

Topwater

Catching a bass with a surface lure can be a very exciting and fun experience. The sound of the lure, the sight of an approaching fish, and the big splash when a largemouth bass strikes will be sure to get anybody’s heart racing. Topwater lures are meant for hungry, active fish (unlike the pitching or flipping techniques). The lure is designed to attract attention with noise and dramatic movements. There are several different types of surface lures, including poppers, jitterbugs, and frogs. While some topwater lures are easy to control and work best at slow speeds, others can take much more technique. Check out the video below to learn more about the different techniques.

Crankbaits

A crankbait defends entirely on reflex for a bass. The bass will not want to chase down the crankbait as they do for a surface lure, however, noise and presentation is still key to using a crankbait correctly. They cover a lot of water, both horizontally and vertically, at a variety of depths. This technique works best around solid objects, such as rocks, logs, and stumps. You want to think of crankbaits as a teasing lure: grab the fish’s attention by reeling quickly, then stopping and allowing the crankbait to slowly rise. You will then want to real up again and make another stop. This technique can really drive the bass crazy.

Check out Karl Kolonka fishing crankbaits on Extreme Angler TV here.

Spinner Bait

Spinner baits can be trickier because they can be harder to hook a fish successfully given the lure’s design. These baits, however, are great year-round and can produce results on any given day on any lake. But much like the crankbait, these work best around some solid structure. Retrieval should range between a slow to medium speed. There are several different ways to use this lure. For one of the more popular methods, allow the spinner bait to fall to the bottom near a drop off. As it hits bottom, real up the slack, then allow it to fall to the bottom again. The slower you real in, the deeper the bait tends to swim through the water. If you real in at a faster rate, make sure you do not breach the surface. If you hang out below the water, you will create a wake that some fish find irresistible.

Jerkbait

This is probably the most simple technique for bass fishing and it is also the easiest to pick up. The hard part is figuring out what jerkbait to use and when you should use it. The lures come in a variety of shapes and sizes that swim at different depths. Regardless of the lure, however, the goal remains the same: you are trying to imitate a wounded fish. When you jerk the rod tip with a little twitch while you real in, it gives the impression that your jerkbait is not swimming at full health. The bass will love to go after that ‘easy meal.’

Dropshotting

Dropshotting is a finesse form of fishing that will require a little more effort to rig up. If you have experience fishing with a plastic worm, then you should be able to quickly adapt to dropshotting. The length between the worm and sinker can range anywhere from a few inches up to a foot-and-a-half; the distance depends on how muddy the lake floor is and how high you want the bait suspended from the bottom. The key to this technique is making your bait dance.

15 Essential Tips For A Successful Hike

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Proper planning and preparation are necessary for any venture into the great outdoors. Hiking is an extremely fun activity, but it is important to understand the dangerous that can accompany it. An experienced hiker will know how important it is to be prepared for any possible situation. Here are 15 essential tips that will help you have a successful and enjoyable hike.

1) Let People Know Your Hiking Plans

Let people know your hiking plans in case something bad happens to goes wrong while you are on the hiking trail. That way if you are not done by a certain time, there will be somebody that can send for help.

2) Study Maps Before The Hike

You need to have a good plan for the hike you will be making and a good estimate for how long it is going to take you. Looking at the trail map beforehand will ensure that you are well prepared for what you will be taking on.

3) Check The Weather 

Keep on eye on the weather before you hit the trails. You should know what conditions to expect while you are outside so that you can pack and dress accordingly.

4) Avoid Clothing Made Of Cotton 

There a number of reasons that cotton should be avoided for hiking. When cotton gets wet, it does not provide good insulation. Cotton absorbs water like a sponge and when the air is colder than the boy’s temperature, you can get really cold in cotton clothing. Modern synthetic materials are much more breathable and lightweight option over cotton, providing better airflow and giving you more comfort.

5) Wear Appropriate Footwear

Trail shoes or hiking boots are great. You should try and find the appropriate hiking boots that match exactly what conditions you normally take on. If you need help deciding on the right hiking boots, check out this article.

6) Hike In A Group

Not only does hiking in a group make the experience much more fun, but you can learn a lot from others, impart your knowledge and distribute the loads for common group gear (first aid, flashlight, etc). Furthermore, you will have somebody to help you in case something unfortunate happens during the hike.

7) Bring Small Snacks

Small snacks will help you keep your energy levels up in-between your larger meals. You are not always going to want to wait for a big lunch, especially when you have emptied your body’s reserves after a few hours of hiking.

8) Stay Hydrated

Make sure that you bring enough water for the day. It is important that you drink water regularly throughout the day.

9) Bring Sunscreen & Hat

Even when it is cloudy you will be getting a great deal of sun on the trails. Sunscreen and a hat will ensure that your body is well protected from the elements.

10) Leave No Trace

It is a privilege to be able to hike and explore the outdoors, do not ruin the experience for others. Whatever you bring on you hike should return with you when you are finished.

11) Bring Essential Safety Items

An experienced hiker will have all the essential safety items for a hike. You never know what is going to happen while you are out on the trail, therefore, you should be prepared for the worst-case scenarios.

12) Bring A First Aid Kit 

Make sure that you inspect your first aid kits before each hiking. Replace any items that have already been used, especially those that are used to start a fire.

13) Know The Poisonous Plants

Familiarize yourself with what the various poisonous plants look like because you are definitely going to want to avoid making contact with them on your hike –  poison ivy, oak, and sumac.

14) The Right-of-Way

When going downhill, yield to those hiking uphill. It is much more difficult to go up the mountain, so you should avoid getting in their way and stopping their momentum.

15) Create Space For Others

When hiking in a group, be mindful of other hikers. Your group should avoid taking up the entire trail so that others can pass by without having to go off the path.

Greatest Places To Golf In Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa is home to some spectacular golf courses. Many of the area’s top courses offer up excellent playing conditions along with impressive views of the surrounding area, showcasing exactly what makes Cape Town such an amazing place. While traveling in Cape Town, I was able to play a number of beautiful courses, each offering up a unique and beautiful experience. Here is a list of my four favorite courses in Cape Town.

1) Rondebosch Golf Club

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This is one of the most challenging courses in Cape Town, especially when the prevailing South Easter is blowing. You will not find a single weak hole: even the par 3’s are very tough. The indigenous pa annua greens are consistently rated the best year round greens in the area; the greens are fairly small and contain subtle breaks, but always putt well.

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2) Westlake Golf Club

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Located on the slopes of the Silvermine Mountains, Westlake Golf Club is a very easy to walk golf course. The fairways are lined with spectacular trees that also provided an extra challenge on the doglegs. The panoramic views of the surrounding mountains make this course a particularly interesting and beautiful place to golf.

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3) Royal Cape Golf Club

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Royal Cape Golf Club is South Africa’s oldest and most prestigious golf courses. Set in the backdrop of Cape Town’s Table Mountain Range, you will be able to enjoy some amazing views of Devil’s Peak and the long tail of the Table Mountain Range while you play a round of golf. The Club began back in 1885 and has continued to evolve and maintain its extraordinary heritage over the past 120 years. The parklands style course was built on relatively flat terrain, making it a very comfortable course to walk and it truly caters to all levels of golfer.

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4) Mowbray Golf Club

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If you are looking to play a course with a little history and tradition then Mowbray Golf Club is the perfect place: it has hosted seven South African Opens in its time. Mowbray is a beautiful parkland course with views of Table Mountain. The signature hole is the spectacular 15th, which is both attractive and challenging. This course is located in a very convenient place too, just 15 minutes away from Cape’s bustling city center.

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Best Hikes In Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is blessed with a number of amazing hiking trails. These hikes provide amazing views of the city, coastline, and vegetation. Throughout my time in Cape Town, South Africa, I took on a number of incredible hikes. Here are the three hikes that you must take on while traveling in Cape Town.

1) Devil’s Peak

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Devil’s Peak was the last of the “3 Peaks” that I hiked, and it happened to be my favorite as well. My group took the Saddle route to the summit, which took us about an hour and ten minutes; it was surprisingly a fairly difficult journey. Once you make it to the top, however, you understand why it is worth taking on Devil’s Peak. The views were better than I could have ever imagined. On one side, you get False Bay and everything in between it and Cape Town. On the other side is a great view of Cape Town, Lion’s Head and Table Mountain.

2) Lion’s Head

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Lion’s Head hike is great for a quick trip; it is about an hour trip to the summit. Lion’s Head is much more manageable than Table Mountain or Devil’s Peak, making it the perfect place for anyone looking for an easier hike. During the day, the views overlooking Cape Town, Robben Island, and Camps Bay are spectacular. You can also hike up Lion’s Head during a full moon for the unique opportunity to see the beautiful city lit up from above.

3) Table Mountain

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I am very grateful for hiking Table Mountain, but after making the journey multiple times already, I will most likely stick to the cable car next time. It is quite an overwhelming experience the first time you experience the views from the top of Table Mountain. The elevation of this mountain is much higher than Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, giving you an interesting perspective of the surrounding landscape.  Cape car aside, the Platteklip Gorge route is the fastest way to the top, taking about an hour and a half to the top. Although your endurance will be tested as you essentially climb straight up tall steps. The reason Table Mountain is last on my list is because you have the same view the entire trip up the mountain.

My Favorite Surfing Spots In Cape Town

The surfing in Cape Town, South Africa is phenomenal. As I previously discussed, there are a number of great surf spots in South Africa, offering up a variety of conditions and atmospheres. Now that I have left Cape Town, I have had time to reflect on some of my favorite surfing locations in Cape Town. Here are my 5 favorite surfing spots in Cape Town, South Africa.

1) Long Beach

After four months of Cape Town surfing, I would call Long Beach, located in the surf town Kommetjie, my “home break.” It has a very consistent beach break, which is great for those that are new to the area. Located on the right side, there is a steep and fast short break, which ideal for the more advanced surfers; on the left side there are much more manageable breaks as well. The locals are nice at Long Beach, making for an extremely enjoyable surf. There are also some spectacular views of Chapman’s Peak here as well.

2) Big Bay

It was not until about a month and a half left in my trip that I had the opportunity to surf Big Bay, but it quickly became one of my favorite spots. Located just 20 minutes on the other side of Table Bay, the views overlooking Cape Town are truly spectacular. Big Bay also has beach break with multiple peaks. While the location is very crowded on the weekends, if you get there on a weekday morning, you will find the water nearly empty. When it is time to take a rest, there is a lively shopping center located right on the beach, with surf shops and restaurants, perfect for a post-surf beer or coffee.

3) Dunes

While it is a long journey to reach, Dunes is a regional classic for South Africans. After parking your car at Noordhoek Beach, you will then have to head another 30 minutes down the beach to Dunes. Once you are there, you will know it. It takes a fair amount of swell to get going, but when the conditions are right, the waves is a perfect and powerful: A-frame breaking to the left and the right.

4) Victoria Bay

I had the opportunity to surf Victoria Bay one time while we were doing the Garden Route road trip. Victoria Bay is a 3-hour drive up the eastern coast from Cape Town. Victoria Bay has a right point break that works consistently. There is a tough take off spot over shallow rocks, but once you are up it is a great long right.

5) Witsand

Located on the other side of Kommetjie, Witsands is somewhat of a last resort break. Although the waves aren’t usually the best, the water is crystal clear and there are great views of Misty Cliffs. Witsands is also rarely crowded, so it is nice to have some space and not worry about other riders.