Clouded Mountain

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The best piece of advice we received before going to Cape Town was to leave our schedule flexible enough to grab the first beautiful day to climb Table Mountain.

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View from the top of the Table Mountain Aerial Cable on a cloudy day.

There are many days when visibility is limited due to cloud cover, and access is closed due to high wind. As you saw from last week’s posts about our hike (links at the end of today’s post) we listened to this advice and had the most beautiful day for a climb, and for views from the top.

The worst piece of advice we received was to avoid Table Mountain in clouds.

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Table Mountain clouds rolling in.

The argument is that it’s not worth the cable ride only to reach the top and have no visibility. We stumbled onto the fallacy of this advice by accident. We were on our way to Table Mountain to try to get some nice sunset photos when we saw the clouds accumulating on the mountain. We hoped they would keep moving, but by the time we were ascending in the cable cars, there was little blue sky left, and we were disappointed we would only see cloud on the mountaintop.

I feel bad for those who skip Table Mountain in the clouds. There is no less beauty in the tablecloth (as it’s affectionately called by locals) than on a clear day. The beauty is just different.

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Shop at the Top in clouds.

What we ended up with was one of our most memorable experiences in Cape Town. The mountain is mostly deserted when it’s cloudy, so we ambled around, enjoying the surreal experience of knowing what was all around us that we just couldn’t see.

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Breaks in the clouds provided little glimpses of sunlight.

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Hope you enjoy these photos from underneath the tablecloth.

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Calla lilies against the clouds on Table Mountain.

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I think the cloud cover makes the beauty of Cape Town more poignant.

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Cape Town and clouds.

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The peak of Lion’s Head (foreground left) and Robben Island (center) as seen from a closing window of clouds on Table Mountain.

Maybe true beauty only starts when our vision is limited?

Love, Marla

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Despite being sick and bundled in two kikoys over my clothes, I loved being on the mountain in the clouds.

You can also read previous posts about our experience with Table Mountain here:

Up is Better Than Down

“Easy” My Arse!

Stop and Smell the Flowers of Platteklip Gorge

Hike Table Mountain…With a Guide

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