My experiences living in Cape Town and travelling in Africa

My Lion’s Head Resolution

For the last two years friends and I have started the year off with a hike or two on the numerous mountain peaks that surround us in Cape Town. While enjoying ourselves on these hikes we’ve all been guilty of saying that we really should do it more often given the proximity and access to great hiking trails we have in our very own city. Then work starts getting busier, our social calendars get booked up and inevitably the hikes become fewer and further apart until it’s the end of the year again and as everyone gets bored os sitting on the beach we end up hiking again. Well not this year, 2014 is going to be different.

Lions Head hike

A friend from gym said they wanted to start a weekly climb up Lion’s Head on a Wednesday evening and of course I was in but the first week it clashed with one of the Summer Trail Series runs and was one of the hottest days of the summer but I had made the resolution and climbed up anyway. The second week however there were a group of us that made it and what a great evening it was for a climb to the top. Starting at 6:oopm we were half way up as the shadow of Lion’s Head was slowly creeping towards the foreshore but my favourite view on the way up is looking across to Table Mountain.

Lions Head hike

In under an hour we were at the top with plenty of daylight left and fantastic views down onto Camps Bay beach.

Lions Head hike

Having some fun with the sun :)

Lions Head hike

Silhouettes

Lions Head hike

Surprisingly there weren’t that many people on  the top, although we did regret not taking any snacks or sundowners with us as we watched others indulging in some delicious looking finger foods. Something we’ll have to remedy next time.

Lions Head hike

It doesn’t do it justice, but this view is just fantastic of the Atlantic Seaboard.

Lions Head hike

It was getting late though and I still had some work to do so I said goodbye to the rest of the group and ran down, chasing the sunlight.

Lions Head hike

So with two summits of Lion’s Head in as many weeks my resolution is holding strong. So barring an absolute emergency or unforeseen circumstances I will be climbing Lion’s Head every Wednesday and you are welcome to join.

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3 responses

  1. Awesome view, and a good climb up there! Well worth the time and effort :-)

    February 5, 2014 at 5:14 am

    • Indeed, that’s why I’m going to try do it more often. Just went up again this evening, that’s three weeks in a row now :)

      February 5, 2014 at 10:10 pm

  2. Beautiful pictures! You are so incredibly lucky to have so much beauty right outside your door.

    February 7, 2014 at 5:18 am

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