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.
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.
In under an hour we were at the top with plenty of daylight left and fantastic views down onto Camps Bay beach.
Having some fun with the sun
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.
It doesn’t do it justice, but this view is just fantastic of the Atlantic Seaboard.
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.
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.