Saturday, 17th February.
My Hiking Partner & I decided to try and conquer the Famous Lions Head Sunrise hike. What exactly does this all entail? Well. A 4 am wake up, a power breakfast of oats bars and bananas and heading to the bottom of the hiking trail at 5:10 sharp.
(Photo above: Credits to Braam Du Plessis)
We headed up at a pretty decent and steady pace. Armed with a torch each, and a burning eagerness to race the sun to the top.
Now the first time we attempted this very same hike, we (a) started late (5:34 if memory serves correctly) and (b) did not make it up in time to watch the sunrise.
(Photo above: Credits to Braam Du Plessis. Photo from our first attempt)
So this time round, we both made it our goal to see the sun come up while sitting on top.
And Up we went.
Conversation was light and minimal on the way up. We each had our sturggles on the way up – My fear of heights and his one foot making “mountain goating” a goal we were going to have to work really hard for.
That being said, the view was irresistably gorgeous to look at, even with a fear that nearly tips me over every single time I look down.
We managed to get at least half way by torch light, up to the more difficult side of lions head by the time the light around us became enough for us to pack away the torches and continue hands free.
With our legs burning and our laboured breathing, we made it to the top with 20 minutes to spare.
54 minutes. That was a record for us. The last hike, took us a good hour and a half. So in the 3 weeks between the two hikes, we had shaved a good 45 minutes off our time, and we had made it with more that enough time to sit, relax, enjoy an ice cold drink of water and watch as the sky’s colours changed from dark grey to white to a baby blue. We watched in awe as the sun, a glowing bulb peeked over the distant mountains and mornign clouds. Rays of sunshine spilled over and greeted the Cape, warming it to the new day and all the new possibilites. We sat on a rock, drinking our Game and water, indulging in the incredible sight before us and relished in the glory that we had done it. We had conquered the Lion, and ticked off a major biggie on my bucket list, all before sunrise.
(Photo credits: Braam Du Plessis)
After Sunrise, we decided to try and skip the morning hike traffic and head down before it got too warm. We headed down and then into town for a well deserved breakfast and coffee at the one and only Truth Coffee Roasting Company. It was definitely worth it.
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Sending love and Light to all my awesome readers ♥