Myself and Dieter, aka The Bosvark, decided to get an early start on the full moon hikers and agreed on walking up at 1pm so we can get in and out the Cape Town city bowl before the peak traffic.
Driving into town the Cape Doctor (SE wind) was howling but by the time we got to the start of the hike it was deadstill thanks to the shelter provided by Big Brother Table Mountain. The temperature gauge was on 30degC, which isn’t the ideal temperature to start a hike, but we came prepared with the usual plenty of water, sunscreen and hat. Also in our bags we will have a thermal top, wind breaker, medical kit and energy food. The weather on the mountain can be very unpredictable and it’s best to be prepared… at all times.
The way up was via Fresnaye Crack which is relatively unknow to most locals and also absent of tourists. If you want a crowd free hike up Lion’s Head then this is the way to go. The route offers a bit of not-too-technical scrambling with great vantage points for resting and taking pictures. There is also a small cave half way up which would be first stop. It offers shade and also you almost get the feeling it is air-conditioned once inside.
When we arrived at the top, we bumped into a few tourists from Holland and proceeded to educate them a bit about Cape Town and also other hiking trails in the area. Rather than back tracking, we went down via the chains and staples and made a slight detour to Wally’s Cave to take a few more pictures then took one of the lesser trails back to the vehicles.