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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.”
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Quote of the Week: August week #4

“How many people know that a football match has been played upon the top of Table Mountain? Yet it was so, for in the very early ‘nineties (1890s) there was a description of how the corporals and lance corporals of the North Staffordshire Regiment, then stationed at the Cape, climbed the mountain with that very purpose. The opposing sides were ‘A’ team and ‘B’ team
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Quote of the Week: August week #3

“To the mountaineer, paths are like those human and self-forgetful (selfless) souls in stories who bring two lovers together and then tip-toe discreetly out of the room; having fulfilled their purpose they should vanish, leaving him alone with nature.” Extract from the 1937 Journal of the Mountain Club of South Africa.   Whether dipping into a dell, skirting an exposed ledge, teetering on a knife-edge
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Quote of the Week: August week #2

“The nearness of Table Mountain to Cape Town has one disadvantage – it tempts rock-climbers to overdo the ‘difficult stuff’. The wisest climber and the one who usually retains a life-long active interest in the pastime is the man who nurses his nerve. He does a really difficult climb occasionally, those of moderate difficulty often, and now and then indulges in just plain slope.” Extract
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Quote of the Week: July week #4

General  Jan C. Smuts (1870 – 1950) was a prominent South African statesman, military leader, philosopher, conservationist and mountaineer who had an abiding passion for Table Mountain. Below is an extract from his speech at the unveiling of the Mountain Club of South Africa’s War Memorial at Maclear’s Beacon (highest point on Table Mountain) in 1923. The memorial was erected in tribute to Club members
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Quote of the week: July week #3

“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares
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