“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 was so still, I could almost hear the mountain creak; and the presence of the abysmal heights at my side seemed to charge the air with energy. Despite a distinct lack of visibility, it was a magical experience.
There are many places on Table Mountain where you can experience perfect peace and a deep sense of solitude – where civilization feels a thousand miles away and the all-pervading silence of aeons still prevails. Lack of views (misty conditions) does well to amplify the silence, which is reason in itself to be hiking Table Mountain in misty conditions (if you know the way well). What exercise does to the body, peace and quiet does to the mind and soul. And you get it all when hiking Table Mountain.