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Summit Playground

Insignificant. That’s how we sometimes feel when we stand atop a mountain summit and look at the expanse below. Often this comes from simply recognising how small we really are in relation to the world around us because of the new perspective the summit view has afforded us. In reality though, this could not be more further from the truth. We, you and everyone is, rather insignificantly significant.

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Cape Town is home to one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature – Table Mountain. Its massif boasts 3 peaks, namely Maclear’s Beacon, Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak. This Tale is about this playground of summits in Cape Town we have enjoyed as a family in 2017 on different days – giving us some perspective as to our significance in Creation and what insignificance really is.

Summit Playground

For the downloadable GPS tracks visit here.

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A New Trailblazer was welcomed earlier in 2017 and we could not resist but take him to Table Mountain’s highest point, Maclear’s Beacon:

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Climbing Platteklip Gorge, looking at Devil’s Peak.

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Perspectives on Maclear’s Beacon, 1087 metres above sea level.

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We all like pinnacles, summits or high points in our lives – a place we cannot go any higher.

Lion’s Head, Africa’s most climbed peak, was the second of the summits:

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Sunset, Lion’s Head, 669 metres above sea level.

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Lion’s Head’s shadow creeps up on Devil’s Peak, with Maclear’s Beacon hidden in the centre.

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Usual effort is required to reach a summit, but does it bring about significance?

Devil’s Peak, our third summit, was always going to be the toughest due to its isolation in respect to the other two summits – fast vertical gains, technical underfoot and unpredictable weather:

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In ascending Devil’s Peak, one is able to see Platteklip Gorge.

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Napping is a common occurrence… Lion’s Head in the background.

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The Saddle between Maclear’s Beacon and Devil’s Peak.

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Devil’s Peak, 996 metres above sea level.

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Cape Town is known as a city within a park, and a park within a city.

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Significance? In reaching summits of our lives, perhaps not. Leaving legacies behind, yes!

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“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” – Psalm 139:13-14