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Quote of the week – May week #1: Fountain Ravine Original

“I boldly lay down flat and wriggled along the upper shelf of rock until I could drop on to the narrow ledge below. Along this six inch ledge I cautiously went crab-fashion.” – Extract from an article by Annie Wilson in the 1900 Journal of the Mountain Club of South Africa, describing her climb up the Fountain Ravine Original route, Table Mountain – In her article,
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Quote of the week – April week #3: How long to hike Table Mountain?

“How long to get upstairs?” Question by a German hiker wanting to know the duration of our proposed route up Table Mountain.   Hiking up Table Mountain can take anything from 25 minutes (time achieved by some trail-runners  up the easiest route) to 34 days (time taken by an eighteenth-century expedition to survey the mountain and botanize along the way). The average times taken to
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Quote of the week – April week #2: Table Mountain adventure

“Where the ledge ends, the leader ties on and passes round a bulge. Anything more sensational could not be wished. He finds himself on a little ledge, a few inches wide, split, fissured, looking like a row of crazy unstable tiles. He sees nothing below except the slope eight hundred feet below, while the face above presses him outwards. Carefully he works his way around.
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Quote of the week – April week #1: The Spirit of the Mountains

“Our route mattered little. We seemed to float up the lower slopes with a minimum of effort; over small pitches of rock; into little heather-choked gullies; and up onto a mountain’s crest. Rocky peaklet followed rocky peaklet and we flitted from top to top until, after what seemed merely minutes but was probably hours, we arrived at the main summit. We had climbed a mountain
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Quote of the week – March week #4: Valley of the Red Gods

“For the Red Gods call me out and I must go.” Rudyard Kipling – ‘The Feet of the Young Men’ (1897) So what does that have to do with Table Mountain hiking? Nothing, except for a single thread of detail: There is a hollow on Table Mountain called Valley of the Red Gods, located on the 12 Apostles at the head of Jubilee Ravine. It’s
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Quote of the week – March week #3: Table Mountain meditation

“In the mountains stillness surges up to explore its own height.” – Rabindranath Tagore – Of the many joys and delights experienced when hiking Table Mountain, peace and quiet ranks high up in my books. A few weeks ago, I was sitting in dense mist and windless conditions near the edge of a very high cliff located on a remote part of Table Mountain. It
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Quote of the week – March week #2: Table Mountain hiking adventure

“If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: we go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans… When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man.” – Wilfred Noice – Hiking up Table Mountain the other
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Quote of the week – March week #1: hiking Table Mountain in less-than-perfect weather

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” – Henry W. Longfellow – If there’s one thing that can make or break your experience of hiking Table Mountain, then it’s the weather. Every adverse weather condition impacts on hiking in a different way: wet conditions mean slippery rock, so scrambles are trickier to negotiate; cloud means no views, complicating
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Quote of the week – February week #4: The spirit of the mountains

“One should not seek for a mere scrambling ground among the mountains, but rather for their spirit.” – Extract from an article in the Journal of the Mountain Club of South Africa, 1934 – A noble thought, though esoteric and a bit dogmatic. Seek whatever you want in the mountains, as long as you carry your trash out and respect nature as well as other
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Quote of the week – February week #3: Table Mountain retrospection

“Acquaintance with the mysteries and beauties of Skeleton Gorge or the Window was confined to a very few stalwarts, and these ravines were the field of the wood cutter, the wood gatherer and a few furtive wanderers, whose occupations were somewhat obscure, their only obvious activity being the hawking of ferns and plants. But few of the rest of the community penetrated to the haunts
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