Table Mountain

One day in 1947, the writer-journalist Wynford Vaughan Thomas was invited to accompany Jan Smuts on his "morning stroll" up Table Mountain.

He reached the summit some ten minutes after the seventy-six year-old South African prime minister (a man twice his age). "Young man," Smuts remarked with a smile, "at my age I haven't as much time as you for loitering."

[After studying the shoes (made from bearskin and hay) which were found on the feet of a prehistoric iceman whose mummified body was found in an Alpine glacier in 1991, Petr Hlavacek concluded that they were better for mountain walks than modern hiking boots.]

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