“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 rock-climber and hiker, refers to Table Mountain as his temple. Nature is his Creator and climbing is a mere means of worship; a way to gain intimacy with the mountain and nature. Sure, he enjoys a good adventure and the thrill of the sport and lure of the heights, but underlying all this is a need for fellowship with the mountains. It revives his spirit, feeds his soul, keeps him connected to the life force.
If you are looking for more than just a workout or mental purge, then hiking Table Mountain won’t disappoint. Opting for one of the remoter routes on the mountain provides spiritual sustenance as well as adventure and the thrill of experiencing raw nature.