When the going gets tough, strong people keep going.


At the beginning of a journey, you gather your wits, your resources, your team… and you gather your strength…to climb…

This mountain…all the way…to the top!

When we set out—a band of intrepid climbers—to climb to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, we had no idea that we were a few hours from a near-disaster…of our own making.

A few hours into our climb, following the little yellow footprints that marked our path, we decided to rest…

…and enjoy the view!

We should have thought it was strange that there were a number of rock climbers passing us on their way down the mountain, ropes in hand, water bottles near-empty, but we didn’t. We just waved at the people who were passing us in the cable car that glided it’s way up and down the kilometre to the summit of the mountain where our lunch awaited…

We missed lunch! The path seemed to have taken a detour around the middle of the mountain…a detour that lasted a few hours, but afforded luxury views. We might have enjoyed them more, had we not run out of water..and had we not been lugging a good few kilograms of camera equipment.

By late afternoon, we were beginning to worry. We called the office at the top of the mountain to ask them not to shut the cable car until we reached the top. We prayed we wouldn’t need to call a rescue helicopter to get us down… we hoped we wouldn’t be in the paper the next day as the next group of people to die on the mountain…we wouldn’t have been the first.

Then the weather began rolling in…quickly!

And the sun set…more quickly….


But we reached the top of the mountain a few minutes before the weather, and the dark.

And then we found this sign….

Really? No wonder there were so many blinkin mountain climbers!

At least we’ve done what no one else has done before…and probably since.






3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kate Swaffer
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 19:02:36

    A wonderful story of amazing tenacity. And yes, what would we do without Him? xx



  2. Ross
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 08:31:23

    This is amazing! What a fantastic reminder of what turned out to be an incredible experience. I always remember how we were all getting more and more concerned, but knowing that turning back would be even more dangerous than pressing on.

    The relief at reaching the cable car station, and the celebratory pizza at my aunt’s house is something I’ll never forget – as well as my cousin coming in from lifeguard duty, hearing what we’d been up to, and looking at us like we were complete muppets 🙂



  3. Kathy Wight
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 01:05:17

    That’s almost like going into Kruger Park, not knowing anything about elephants, and getting charged by a huge bull because you are threatening him and his breeding herd of females. Chuck did that …and…the table mountain thing as well!! God looks after us so many times that we don’t even know we are in danger! What would we do without him?



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