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Quote of the week – November week #4: Table Mountain solitude

“For the solitude of the mountains is something different from the Byronean solitude of the ‘pathless wood’ or ‘lonely shore’. It is something grander, more inspiring, more overwhelming, more sublime.” E.G. Pells – extract from his article in the 1931 Journal of the Mountain Club of South Africa I received an inquiry the other day from an elderly lady for a Table Mountain hike –
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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
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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
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Quote of the week – November week #1: Hiking Table Mountain back in the day

“November 5th to 6th. – Peninsula week-end to the Southern Apostles, Table Mountain. Official climbs: Hairpin Route (‘C’ difficulty) and Victoria Gully (‘B’ difficulty). Nov. 5th was threatening. There were 25 in camp. A party of 16 ascended the Hairpin Route.” Extract from the 1932 Annual Report of the Cape Town Section of the Mountain Club of South Africa.   I chanced upon this nugget
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Quote of the week – October week #4: Escape to the mountains

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”  John Muir, American naturalist and conservationist (1838 – 1914)  Despite its proximity to a city, Table Mountain does not lack in nature. There might be a cable car to the summit, complete with restaurant and souvenir shop, and
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Quote of the week – October week #3: Why hike Table Mountain

“It is hard to give reasons for the ascent of particular mountains. Some we take for their fame, and some for their obscurity; some for their rock ridges, some for their ice-slopes; some for their ease, and some for their difficulty. But very few people go up very few mountains for the view alone, and it is to be hoped that they have more sense
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Quote of the week – October week #1: Forests

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”  Robert Louis Stevenson Different landscapes inspire people. Some prefer open fields, bright and breezy, with rolling hills stretching away to the horizon; others respond to cliffs
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Quote of the week – September week #4: The appreciation of landscape

“There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country.  A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo.  Even a bicycle goes too fast.” Paul Scott Mowrer (d. 1971) – American newspaper correspondent. It’s doubtful Mr. Mowrer ever got to hike Table Mountain, but his sentiments on the appreciation of landscape certainly apply to
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Quote of the week – September week #3: The way up

“So toiled they up the mountain slope With faint and ever fainter hope With faint and fainter voice the brook Still bade them listen, pause and look” John G. Whittier (1807 – 1892), American poet.   I dislike rushing up a mountain; feels more like work than pleasure. It becomes a superficial activity: conquer the mountain, grab some views, head back down. To each his
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Quote of the week – September week #2: Fountain Gorge

“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 written by Annie Wilson on her ascent of Fountain Gorge, published in the 1900 Annual of the Mountain Club of South Africa. Annie Wilson must have been an intrepid
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