“Truly it may be said that the outside of a mountain is good for the inside of a man.”
~ George Wherry, Alpine Notes and the Climbing Foot, 1896 ~
Back in 1503, a Portuguese explorer by the name of Antonio de Saldanha became the first European to set foot on the flat-topped summit of Table Mountain. He wasn’t looking for adventure, exercise or nature; lost and off the map of the known world, he needed a vantage point from which to get the lie of the land, and the view from the summit set him on the right course again. And so the first white man to sight and climb Table Mountain happened to benefit greatly from his brief encounter with the mountain. Since then, millions of people have climbed the mountain, many of them to find direction, not in the physical world, but spiritually and emotionally. It is easier to gain objectivity on a particular problem when you consider the world from above and in the meditative company of nature. That’s probably the best thing about hiking Table Mountain: it clears a cluttered mind, helps you see problems from different angles, dissipates negative emotions, alleviate stress.