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30 Oct 2014

The misty weather offers some of the best hiking!

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October 30, 2014- We’ve had a bout of cooler temperatures lately and today in particular we had some drizzle in the morning. One of the best things about hiking is you can do it in all kinds of conditions as long as you are safe and prepared. This weather in particular is one of my favourites as it is nice and cool. As long as it’s not torrential rain and wind I’m always happy to do a walk, even if it’s shorter or not necessarily going to the top. My clients today were up for hiking a route on the lower paths of Table Mountain where we could turn back if necessary, but still get out in nature to experience the mountain. They loved it. One thing they hadn’t expected was the peace and quiet they would find out on the trail. I chose a quiet path to begin with but on days like this you rarely see another soul. We hiked for 3 hours and had a great experience. The plants were so fragrant since it had just rained. The weather cleared as the day went on and we headed to Camps Bay Beach after as they had not yet been there.
Slangolie Overhang-Misty Day

20 Oct 2014

National Geographic names Lions Head one of the World’s Most Thrilling Hikes

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October 20, 2014- We got the news today that Lion’s Head was included in National Geographic’s Most Thrilling Hikes in the World. What an amazing feat! Cape Town boasts some of the most scenic and interesting hiking in the world with it’s superb views and unique fynbos. Check out the post here: http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/trips/best-trails/worlds-thrilling-hikes-trails/

We’re certainly proud of our mountain making it big! Email us now to book a guided hike. We think sunrise or sunset is best on this route.

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Lions Head 1

29 Aug 2014

Lionheart!

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August 1, 2014- What an extremely awesome day on the mountain followed by a helicopter ride around the peninsula to top it off! I have to thank my client Tefft Smith who landed in Africa a few days ago only to be swooped up for an 8 hour hike by me. We decided to do India Venster which is one of the very fun, more adventurous ways to climb Table Mountain, and then onto the backside of the mountain to Kasteelpoort and down from there. It was a supremely fun time and I appreciate Tefft’s efforts every step of the way especially on the way down as it is not easy after hours and hours of hiking. He did very well the whole way! Tefft and his wife Nancy invited me into the helicopter they booked for the hike so I could point out exactly where we were on the mountain and show Nancy as she decided to sit the hike out. I have been in Cape Town almost 8 years and I have never seen Cape Town as I saw it that day in the chopper. What an incredible view and experience! Thanks to our friends at NAC Makana who took us on this incredible ride. If you’re looking for a great pilot and really nice helicopters, look no further than Nacmakana. Thanks Tefft, it is a day I will remember forever. All the best!!

29 Aug 2014

What have we been up to?

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July 25. 2014- It’s been awhile since my last post. I like to think I can do it all, but I am best at the guiding and not the technological side of things. Besides that, life has been good for Mother City Hikers. Winter is a time for us to regenerate, reenergise and recreate what we will be doing in the year ahead. To regenerate this winter I went back homes to the USA to see my friends and family. Wow, we traveled quite a bit in the States as we have a lot of people we like to see all over. We got to see lots of new places and hike in some of the most beautiful spots! From the wet, mossy old growth forests and waterfalls in Oregon to the high altitude peaks with snow still around in Aspen, Colorado to the sandstone cliffs and waterfalls I found right near my hometown in Illinois I found so much peace while I was there. I did some silent walks and I did some hikes to catch up with old friends. Both were just what I needed.

05 Feb 2014

Cape of Good Hope

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February 3, 2014- Today I took some fellow Americans around the peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope. We did a 1.5 hour walk from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope. It was picture perfect out there and although we didn’t see any baboons or zebra we saw a few little dassies foraging in the grass along the cliffs. They were too cute! Dassie is the local name for a rock hyrax. It’s a small, brown, furry animal that looks like it belongs to a family of groundhogs or rodent of some sort. However, this mammal is most closely related to the elephant believe it or not! Their DNA is most similar. They think the elephant and the dassie both decended from a common ancestor, some sort of sea manatee.