Table Mountain – a breath of fresh air


Ever seen this before?

Ever seen this before?

Much older than humans and more beautiful than most things, this majestic mix of quartzitic sandstone, granite and shale patiently serves as both the centrepiece and the backdrop of Cape Town… It’s unique mystery is not limited to its stunning appearance, the estimated 2,200 endemic species of mountain fynbos (flora) are not found anywhere else in the Universe. In 1503 when Antonio de Saldanha scaled Platteklip Gorge for the first recorded climb to the top, he did not have a map or a path, just a determined will to get to the top.

Recently I had occasion to do the same, in exquisite company. We set out before dawn, grateful for the moonlight and savouring the eastern glow as it advanced with every uphill step.

Moonstruck - I always enjoy seeing my shadow at night...

Moonstruck – I always enjoy seeing my shadow at night…

That magic part of every day...

That magic start of every day…

We made the most of our fresh legs and the even fresher air to climb the jeep track from Constantia Nek before the sun popped up. Several times I was blown away by the grand scale of the view that unfolded below and above us.

Looking South, South East

Looking South, South East

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The views and the sweetness of the mountain air kept getting better…

Early morning walkabout

Early morning walkabout

The Table Top viewed from the Southern approach

The Table Top viewed from the Southern approach

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Views from the top - when will you see them for yourself?

Views from the top – when will you see them for yourself?

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2 responses to “Table Mountain – a breath of fresh air

  1. That looks a wonderful climb – fantastic views. It’s not one I’ll ever do, so at least I now know what I’m missing! Hope the fishing is going well for you – I’m struggling for trout on the upper Frome (Dorset). Plenty of things to blame before we get to me, luckily! RH

  2. Greetings RH – excellent to hear from you! Fingers crossed the trout will trick you into catching them soon – I know how hard you work to keep them away from your offerings most of the time… Haven’t fished for a while however will soon redouble my efforts exploring the Thames for late season Sea Trout: watch this space :-). Also, to let you know – I haven’t forgotten your October timeline for the ‘Mark 2’ JLM Special for Abaco’s Bones. I’ll be in touch with some new prototypes. Kindest regards – Mark

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