Lion’s Head casts its spell

Flat Stan­ley revel in be­ing back and on a climb

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fans of go­ing up Lion’s Head, and have been try­ing to get lead singer An­drew Mac up there for ages.

“Grow­ing up in Camps Bay, Lion’s Head was just al­ways a part of the beau­ti­ful back­drop that wrapped around ev­ery­thing I knew,” re­calls Mac, who would of­ten find him­self head­ing up there with groups of friends and fam­ily. It’s been a long time since then, he says, and th­ese days he finds him­self to be more of a “sun­down­ers on Ta­ble Moun­tain cour­tesy of the Cable­way” kind of guy.

“Clint and Neil ab­so­lutely love charg­ing up moun­tains when­ever they get the chance, and they’ve been nag­ging me for the last two years that I need to join them on a trip to the top,” says Mac, who ad­mits he’s been avoid­ing the sub­ject for a while now. But with spending so much time away from home tour­ing in Europe this year, Mac re­alised how he re­ally started to miss what we take for granted in Cape Town.

“On our re­turn from Ger­many this last time, we were lucky enough to fly in over the penin­sula and around the moun­tain.

“It was a glo­ri­ous morn­ing and looking out from my win­dow seat I couldn’t help but feel that the time has come for me to give in to Clint and Neil’s pres­sure and head up Lion’s Head. So that’ll be hap­pen­ing this sum­mer.”

Pot­gi­eter says: “Walk­ing up Lion’s Head must be one of the best ways to rid one­self of pent-up stress and frus­tra­tion. Af­ter a pe­riod of ag­o­nis­ing up­hill walk­ing, sweat and laboured breath­ing give way to a feel­ing of bliss and well­be­ing. Com­bine this with the breath­tak­ing views of the city bowl, Ta­ble Moun­tain and sur- rounds and it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble not to feel good about life.”

Pot­gi­eter sug­gests you take a wine cooler and head up there for a full moon­rise with a dif­fer­ence, or charge it in the full-blown heat of a hot sum­mer’s day, then head off to your favourite lo­cal for an ice cold beer.

“Ei­ther way, Lion’s Head is rel­a­tively safe and quick to scale, and al­ways adds a great sense of well­be­ing for days there­after,” he says.

“Ja-a-a... Lion’s Head,” agrees Gah­wiler. “It’s one of those places that holds many mem­o­ries for me, from see­ing in a new year, to shel­ter­ing un­der a rocky out­crop singing Crowded House songs as loud as we could to stave off the thun­der and light­ning.

“I don’t know – it seemed to make sense at the time.

“But th­ese and oth­ers shall pale in com­par­i­son to the day we fi­nally drag An­drew up there...”

Up­com­ing Flat Stan­ley gigs in­clude the Fifa World Cup draw at the V&A Water­front on De­cem­ber 4, a sun­downer show in the V&A Am­phithe­atre on De­cem­ber 19 and the Kfm New Year’s Eve party at Kirsten­bosch.

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