What to take on a hike up Lion’s Head?

So you have decided to take a hike up the iconic Lion’s Head? However, realizing that Lion’s Head is not limited to professional hikers alone, those reading this may very well be largely unprepared when thinking of tackling the great Lion’s Head. There are a few very important pointers which should be taken into mind and ticking off your checklist before even attempting the summit.

It definitely depends whether your hike up Lion’s Head will be a daytime voyage or one of the full moon journeys, as well as noting whether you will be alone on your venture up to the peak of Lion’s Head, which is never advised or whether you are in group. For the sake of this article, there will be two checklists, one for the day, and one for the night, because we definitely do not advise ever hiking alone unless you have some serious kung-fu skills and have been hiking for ages we take for granted that it will be two or more hikers taking on the Lion’s Head summit.

Daytime Hikers Checklist:

When the sun is high in the sky and Cape Town boasts her beautiful blue skies, the slopes and peak of the beautiful Lion’s Head sees many group of hikers as well as fitness fanatics jogging up her slopes. Below is an imperative checklist for the average daytime hiker:

  • A Backpack / Rucksack: When hiking, no matter when or where, taking a backpack is important to carry all those extra little goodies which usually leave your hands free to tackle climbing the chains and ropes which are present on your journey up to the peak of Lion’s Head.
  • Water: If you’re not going to take anything else, make sure you take water, especially in the daytime hikes, keeping hydrated is one of the most important things when venturing outdoors.
  • Sunscreen / Sun block: The sun in South Africa can be quite brutal on the skin on a good day, sun block helps to protect you against dreaded things like cancer and burning blisters.
    Sun Glasses
  • Hat: Cape Town is known for her windy nature which comes without warning, it is advisable to take a hat with a neck string so when the wind decides to come up, it wont take your hat with it.
  • Good Hiking shoes
  • Clothing: The peak of any mountain has the potential to be a little chilly even on a warm day, taking a wind breaker, or a warm jacket even if you put it in your rucksack will always come in handy.
    Trail snacks
  • First Aid Kit: Plasters, bandages, gauze and something akin to bactroban is always a good idea for any unplanned nasty cuts that could take place on your hike.
  • Camera: It is breathtakingly beautiful on top of Lion’s Head, keeping those divine memories is never a bad idea. Remember to take spare batteries.

Full Moon Hikers Checklist:

Full moon hiking up and down the beautiful slopes of Lion’s Head, seeing many hikers gathering on the peak to view the incredible vista that is the Mother City, illuminated by the large full moons that Cape Town is famous for. Below is a checklist for those night time hikers or would be hikers, this checklist is imperative if you are planning on taking on the peak of Lion’s Head:

  • Headlamp / Torch
  • A Backpack / Rucksack
  • Water
  • Insect Repellent: It is known that there are mosquitoes present on the slopes of Lion’s Head, insect repellent is definitely a good idea.
  • Good Hiking shoes
  • Clothing: Definitely take a warm jacket or wind breaker on a night time hike. Cape Town nights can get rather chilly.
  • Trail snacks
  • First Aid Kit
  • Camera: You cannot miss taking photographs of the incredible full moon hikes.
  • A blanket: Just in case you would like to have a seat under the large full moon up top the peak of Lion’s Head.

Whether it be day or night time, if you planning on going on a hike, Lion’s Head is definitely the perfect choice, even for the beginner.

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