Lion’s Head casts its spell
Flat Stanley revel in being back and on a climb
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.